AJFF Connects: Maynard


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival celebrates the legacy of Atlanta’s first black mayor with a special presentation of the inspiring new documentary, Maynard. Produced in partnership with the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition, this screening event is part of AJFF Connects, a year-round programming initiative that uses the power of film to build bridges of understanding and spark dialogue with diverse audiences. 

Additional partners include Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Junior League of Atlanta, Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and American Jewish Committee.

Join us at Regal Atlantic Station on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 PM for this cinematic profile of Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr., with an introduction to the film by filmmakers Wendy Eley Jackson and Maynard Jackson III.

A post-film Q&A will be moderated by former head of American Jewish Committee Atlanta, Sherry Frank, and featuring guests civic leader Elaine Alexander, Chairperson of the National Council of Negro Women, Ingrid Saunders Jones, and author of The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta, Maurice Hobson.

There will also be an aftershow mix-and-mingle at Meehan's Public House.

Capacity is limited.

About the Film:

"Insightful and illuminating…Maynard proves as moving as it is informative." - The Hollywood Reporter

From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Samuel D. Pollard (Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me) comes the story of Maynard Jackson, the three-term Atlanta mayor, the first African-American to hold that office and the first of any major Southern city. Maynard presents an intimate view of Jackson from the family, friends and colleagues who knew him best, and through archival footage and photographs. Promoting diversity and inclusion in Atlanta’s civic and business sectors, his further legacy includes the world’s busiest airport and city’s successful bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics, all transforming Atlanta into a progressive world-class city. Interviews include former President Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, former Mayor and Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former Mayor Kasim Reed.

Presented in partnership with the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition as part of our AJFF Connects series, this screening of Maynard also illuminates the intersection between this formidable figure and Atlanta’s Jewish community, including Elaine and Miles Alexander, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, and former planning commissioner Leon Eplan.

About AJFF Connects

AJFF Connects presents new and encore film programming events that build bridges, foster dialogue, and bring together community partners throughout the year.