Quantcast

NAACP questions the delayed screenings of "12 Years a Slave" - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

NAACP questions the delayed screenings of "12 Years a Slave"

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT, La. -

12 Years a Slave shares the true story of Solomon Northup: a free black man who was abducted and sold into slavery. He ends up working on Louisiana plantations- and the film about his life was filmed in the state- but the film is only now reaching local big screens weeks after its premiere.

"It shows folks in this community what actually happened in our state dealing with slavery, and how we overcame that," says local NAACP President Lloyd Thompson. "I think it will open eyes on both sides- the African American side and the Caucasian side- to show we've come a long ways."

Thompson took to Facebook this week to say ArkLaTex theaters had decided not to show 12 Years a Slave weeks after the Oct. 18 premiere.

The post got more than 30 likes, 20 shares and dozens of comments.

At Robinson Film Center, authorities say that's simply not the case. The theater has requested the film for weeks.

"We really wanted this film," RFC's Alexandyr Kent says. "This is an important film for Louisiana. It's a perfect film for our audience. Unfortunately, it's going to a lot more screens. So it's basic economics.

Kent says the distributor is likely in the middle of a platform release where a film opens in large cities like New York and LA to build buzz before coming to smaller cities. He said that's what happened with The Artist in 2011 and 2012's Silver Linings Playbook.

"It takes audience's a little bit longer to know something like 12 years a Slave than it does to know something like Transformers," Kent says.

Calls to Cinemark and Regal Cinemas regarding film scheduling were not returned.

  • KTBS 3 InvestigatesMore>>

  • KTBS 3 Investigation finds low levels of chlorine in Shreveport's public pools

    KTBS 3 Investigation finds low levels of chlorine in Shreveport's public pools

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:00:13 GMT
    National data from the CDC reveals one in eight pool inspections found serious violations that threatened public health and safety and resulted in immediate closure. Pretty gross, right? 
    National data from the CDC reveals one in eight pool inspections found serious violations that threatened public health and safety and resulted in immediate closure. Pretty gross, right? 
  • Overton Brooks' Patient's appointment cancellation causes concern

    Overton Brooks' Patient's appointment cancellation causes concern

    Friday, July 11 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-11 18:28:29 GMT
    We've been told by many veterans that they receive quality care at the V.A. hospital in Shreveport. But for some getting an appointment to see their caregivers is the challenge. According to our V.A., they do not have a problem getting patients seen quickly - and the numbers they report echo that conclusion. We’ve uncovered concerns, however, over how their numbers look so good - while patients are still waiting to be seen.“Certainly from my viewpoint here, as a veteran, as a physician, the c...
    We've been told by many veterans that they receive quality care at the V.A. hospital in Shreveport. But for some getting an appointment to see their caregivers is the challenge. According to our V.A., they do not have a problem getting patients seen quickly - and the numbers they report echo that conclusion. We’ve uncovered concerns, however, over how their numbers look so good - while patients are still waiting to be seen.“Certainly from my viewpoint here, as a veteran, as a physician, the c...
  • Overton Brooks Patient says V.A. is lying about access to care

    Overton Brooks Patient says V.A. is lying about access to care

    Friday, July 11 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-07-11 18:14:50 GMT
    So far we've brought you a whistle blower employee, and then, after two weeks of waiting, you heard the official V.A. response. But it's said that there are three sides to every story.“We're not challenged for access at Overton Brooks, we can provide same day access, that's why we're encouraging same day access, that's why we're encouraging veterans to enroll into our system.” Those are the words from Interim Director at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center, Toby Mathew, during the news confere...
    So far we've brought you a whistle blower employee, and then, after two weeks of waiting, you heard the official V.A. response. But it's said that there are three sides to every story.“We're not challenged for access at Overton Brooks, we can provide same day access, that's why we're encouraging same day access, that's why we're encouraging veterans to enroll into our system.” Those are the words from Interim Director at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center, Toby Mathew, during the news confere...
  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:51:53 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • Bossier's 30th Young Marines class graduates

    Bossier's 30th Young Marines class graduates

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:33:50 GMT
    Photo courtesy Allen J.M. Smith, BPSOPhoto courtesy Allen J.M. Smith, BPSO
    Twenty-nine recruits ranging from eight years old to teen years earned the title as Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines as Class 30 graduated in front of a packed house of 200 people Friday night at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation in Bossier City.
    Twenty-nine recruits ranging from eight years old to teen years earned the title as Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines as Class 30 graduated in front of a packed house of 200 people Friday night at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation in Bossier City.
  • KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home opens for public tours

    KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home opens for public tours

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:24:04 GMT
    KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home photos courtesy of Courtney Avery.KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home photos courtesy of Courtney Avery.
    The 2014 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home is now open for weekend tours.
    The 2014 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home is now open for weekend tours.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • BESE holds special meeting on Common Core dispute

    BESE holds special meeting on Common Core dispute

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:54:45 GMT
    Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
    Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
  • Smoke-free policy coming to Louisiana campuses

    Smoke-free policy coming to Louisiana campuses

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:08:27 GMT
    This fall, it will be illegal for smokers to light up on any public college campus in Louisiana.
    This fall, it will be illegal for smokers to light up on any public college campus in Louisiana.
  • WESLA hosts Operation A+ Stuff the Bus campaign

    WESLA hosts Operation A+ Stuff the Bus campaign

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:43:33 GMT
    Your generous donations continue to roll in for our Operation A+ Stuff the Bus campaign. Today the bus was parked at WESLA Federal Credit Union on Fern Avenue in Shreveport. 
    Your generous donations continue to roll in for our Operation A+ Stuff the Bus campaign. Today the bus was parked at WESLA Federal Credit Union on Fern Avenue in Shreveport. 
  • NationalMore>>

  • Opponents, supporters to discuss clean air rules

    Opponents, supporters to discuss clean air rules

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:00:19 GMT
    Hundreds of people will tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver.
    Hundreds of people will tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver.
  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:00:07 GMT
    The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing...
    The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football,...
  • California wildfire claims 6 more homes

    California wildfire claims 6 more homes

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:20:42 GMT
    Most of the 1,200 people driven to evacuate by a Northern California wildfire that destroyed 13 homes have been told they can safely return after a series of steady gains in the firefight.
    Fire officials say crews found six more homes destroyed by a Northern California wildfire that led to evacuation orders for about 1,200 people before it was brought under control.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File