Proceed and Be Bold

Poster for Proceed and Be Bold

Autumn 2009 Documentary series

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by Laura Zinger

Starring Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.

Rated PG · 1h 30m
United States
English and Italian

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Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an internationally recognized printing press artist, though he would rather be referred to as a “humble negro printer.” This self-proclaimed “humble (sometimes lowly) negro printer” tossed aside his corporate 9-to-5 job at AT&T with its steady income, and chose to live in extremely rural Alabama towns and goes wherever his art takes him. Amos found his calling making chipboard posters that he sells inexpensively, so anyone and everyone can afford his art. His posters are socially, politically, and racially charged: with quotes from Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, and phrases like “coffee makes you black.” The documentary film Proceed and Be Bold! probes Kennedy, his friends, family and colleagues in an attempt to unravel the artist’s meaning. The result is a discussion on the monetary and intrinsic values of art, the goals of an artist, the workings or race and culture and what “the American Dream” really means.