Oscar® Winning "Selma" Debuts On Demand and Pay-Per-View Tuesday, May 5

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22 April 2015

ON DEMAND, starting May 5

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who defined a movement. The civil rights movement that he helped lead defined a generation of individuals and continues to impact people today, both young and old.

Oscar® nominee for Best Picture and Oscar® winner for Best Original Song, “Selma” takes a look at three months in 1965 that were the crux of one of the most memorable marches in history. “Selma” makes its TV debut via On Demand and Pay-Per-View on Tuesday, May 5.

Annie Lee Cooper (Oprah Winfrey), who knew her constitutional rights, followed all the rules and wanted to vote. But as a black woman, she was not welcome. It was at this point that the story is set and an explosive journey begins.

Dr. King (David Oyelowo, who played Louis Gaines in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) knew what needed to be done next in this movement to ensure everyone’s right to vote. He needed to go to Selma. The film chronicles an approximately three-month period in which King has a large mountain to climb and a number of roadblocks along the way.

According to interviews with director Ava DuVernay and Oyelowo, to-date a major studio-funded motion picture had not taken a look at this era from the perspective of Dr. King. There have been features about the era, but they examine the time through the eyes of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Part of what makes “Selma” special is that it is told through Dr. King’s eyes.

Oyelowo takes the heritage of King, as a Baptist minister, and shows his faith and courage onscreen. Staring down the barrel of the loaded gun that was ready to fire, King stood his ground and led his group of people forward despite being constantly beaten down.

“Selma” is unique in its perspective and delivers a powerful look at a generation. Whether it is soldiers from World War II, the Jews during the Holocaust, or the civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., young people are starting to forget or at least take for granted the true struggles of those who came before us.

With “Selma,” DuVernay beautifully melds archival footage with current shots so that we don’t just merely view things — we feel and live King’s experience.

Oyelowo feels like the embodiment of the spirit of Dr. King on the screen. Whether it is maneuvering through the land mines of the day or delivering orations, Oyelowo truly becomes a modern version of the great leader.

Everything about the greatness of the film rolls back to the passion that two individuals, DuVernay and Oyelowo, have for this project. It is their total commitment to the project that infuses those around them with greatness.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tirelessly worked to create a better place in the United States, and his legacy is sure to be remembered by generations that view “Selma,” thanks to all those who poured their heart and soul into this film. Dr. King’s movement defi ned a generation, and thanks to Ava DuVernay, it may continue defi ning generations for years to come.
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