“Selma,” a good bit of which was filmed in metro Atlanta, opens nationwide today following a limited release in a few cities (including two theaters in Atlanta) on opening day.
Oprah Winfrey served as both a producer and cast member in the movie, playing the role of Annie Lee Cooper, whose desire to vote leads to her involvement in the Selma-to-Montgemery march movement led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Winfrey, along with David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, who play Dr. King and Coretta Scott King in the movie, discussed it during a recent visit to Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. While Ellen usually is funny and upbeat she became emotional while discussing “Selma.” Here is a video clip:
I am in Selma, Ala. today, where the movie starts playing for free, courtesy of Paramount, at a downtown theater beginning this afternoon. I’ll be there to talk to local residents. I’m interested in what the folks of Selma think of “Selma.” Please return later for updates.