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Award winning activist, artist film screening at CV Library

Beautiful Blackbird, words and illustrations by Ashley Bryan. (credit The Ashley Bryan Center)

CARRBASSETT VALLEY - The award-winning film I Know a Man...Ashley Bryan, winner at 15 film festivals, will be screening Friday, January 18, 2019, 4:30 p.m., at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library, 3209 Carrabassett Dr. in theBegin Family Community Room. Presenting the film to discuss Ashley Bryan’s life and art will be film director Richard Kane, director of the Maine Masters series of films on exceptional Maine artists. Although Ashley Bryan is the author of over 50 celebrated children’s books, many winning of Coretta Scott King, Newbery and other awards, his audiences are both young and old. He is an extraordinary artist and humanitarian whose life work is all about joy, love, inclusivity and diversity.

Snow date January 25th at 4:30 p.m. Contact Librarian Andrea DeBiase 207.237.3535 or the Library's Facebook page for snow date decision.

“Palpably warm… joyous, utterly engaging!” Maine Today

“Vibrant, inspiring … exceptional” Booklist

“... a wonderful tool to learn about diversity, inclusion and social justice.” American Library Association


I Know a Man...Ashley Bryan (2016) is a documentary that features one of America’s greatest living African American poets, illustrator and artist, named a Library Lion by the New York Public Library, a recipient of three Coretta Scott King Awards, and a 2017 Newbery Honor for his book “Freedom Over Me” reviewed in the NY Times:

Ashley lives on Little Cranberry Island in view of Mount Desert Island where the local school bears his name.

Link to the trailer:
Link to the website:

Born in Harlem in 1923 and drafted in his teens into an all-Black battalion in World War II, Ashley preserved his humanity through drawing and painting. Now 95 years old, he is an award-winning poet/illustrator of 50+ published children's books, maker of magical puppets from discarded materials and stunning sea glass windows inspired by his African heritage. Ashley urges us to seek unity over division, peace over war, and love over intolerance and bigotry.

For Further Information Contact:
Richard Kane 207-359-2320

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  1. Hi,

    I am trying to purchase the DVD, but the link is not working. Can you please assist?