- The Washington Times - Monday, February 5, 2007

Celebrated photographer, novelist, filmmaker and composer Gordon Parks died last year, but his rich and uberhip legacy endures. This week, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring honors his legacy with a film series titled “Gordon Parks Remembered.” “The Learning Tree,” the auteur’s first film — and also the first major studio production by a black director— screens tonight at 7. Based on his autobiography, the 1969 film recounts his life growing up in rural Kansas in the 1920s. “Shaft,” Mr. Parks’ fast-paced 1971 film starring Richard Roundtree as a debonair detective (and featuring Isaac Hayes’ Oscar-winning title song), will be shown Friday and Saturday. Tickets, priced from $7.50 to $9.25, may be purchased online at www.afi.com/silver/ or at the box office: 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. For more details, visit the Web site or call 301/495-6720.

Jenny Mayo

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