The Issue of Mr. O’Dell

Full Frame President's Award 2018

NEW DOCS

In his mid-90s, Jack O’Dell is one of the oldest living participants of the civil rights movement and perhaps one of its least celebrated leaders—and still as outspoken as ever. A self-proclaimed supporter of both the 1950s Communist Party and the 1960s civil rights movement, O’Dell was executive assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one of King’s most trusted advisers in the years before the March on Washington. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy named him the number five Communist in the United States. This film tells the significant story of Jack O’Dell and the circumstances that led him to become part of the legacy of trailblazing, unsung heroes in American history. The issue of Mr. O’Dell is complicated at best.  TD

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Director

Rami Katz

Producer

Rami Katz

Editor

Rami Katz

Cinematographer

Felix Oltean

Release Year

2018

Festival Year

2018

Country

Canada

Run Time

35 minutes

Premiere

World Premiere