Atlantans got their first look at the acclaimed new documentary Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel at a special gala last week at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Georgia Public Broadcasting, one of the highest rated PBS stations in the nation, produced the documentary, which will air Thursday, June 30, 8 p.m. (with an encore at 9) and online at www.gpb.org/premiere.
This original and painstakingly created documentary brings into context youthful Mitchell’s rebellious struggles with the social constrictions of her times and her response to racial conditions in the pre-Civil Rights Act South. She would go on to write Gone With the Wind, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month.
Pamela Roberts, who executive produced, directed and wrote the documentary, is an award-winning filmmaker who received an Emmy in 2010 for the film The Road Beyond Abuse examining child abuse that was narrated by Jane Fonda. She also was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle award for Defying the Odds, which exams inner city education.
Along with dramatic re-enactments, Roberts also gets insight from a host of authors Pearl Cleage, Molly Haskell, John Wiley and Pat Conroy and by people who knew Mitchell or were connected to her in Atlanta, including Sara Mitchell Parsons, Bill Troost and Carolyn Miller.