The Long Shadow


With directors Frances Causey and Maureen Gosling in person at both screenings! We have reached our pre-sale limit for this event. All-Access Passholders are guaranteed a seat, and all remaining tickets will be available at the box office 20 minutes before showtime.

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, director Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. Causey and Long Shadow producer Sally Holst, both daughters of the South, were raised with a romanticized vision of America’s past. Causey and Holst conceptualized the film together after reflecting on how haunted they are by the truth of slavery’s legacy in their own histories.

Shadow is a gripping personalized history lesson, with Causey covering salient points, including how economics drove the despicable trading of humans. Her of-the-moment feature couldn’t be more necessary.” – Randy Myers, Mercury News

Causey and her team passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice, which burns undiminished despite our seeming progress. From the moment of America’s birth, slavery was embedded in institutions, laws, and the economy, and yet even as slavery ended, racism survived like “an infection.” By telling individual stories—of free blacks in Canada; of a modern, racially motivated shooting—Causey movingly personalizes the costs and the stakes of continued inaction. “The past is never dead,” William Faulkner once said, and this echoes one scholar’s warning: “We’re still fighting the Civil War, and the South is winning.” (Dir. by Frances Causey, 2017, USA, 91 mins., Not Rated)

Frances Causey, director of The Long Shadow, is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Ms. Causey began her career with CNN where she was a producer and a senior member of a team honored with News and Documentary Emmys for their coverage of the Oklahoma City and Olympic Park Bombings. Ms. Causey’s 2012 documentary feature, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? which investigated the last forty years of economic restructuring in the US that lead to the worldwide economic depression in 2008 was a 2012 New York Times Critic’s Pick and is currently seen in over 50 countries. Ms. Causey was honored with the Women’s International Film and Television Jury Award for her work on Heist. Frances sits on the Board of the Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism. Ms. Causey lives in Tubac, Arizona with her partner Cathy. They are the proud parents of 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 horses.