Richard Kaplan ’49 is a semi-retired documentary film and television writer, producer and director living in New York City. His work, both in the United States and abroad, has won considerable acclaim and critical recognition, including two Academy Awards. Among his credits are The Eleanor Roosevelt Story and King, A Filmed Record…. Montgomery to Memphis, the highly honored film about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that he brought to Antioch and Yellow Springs for a special showing over the MLK Day weekend.
On the evening of January 19, 2014, the evening prior to Antioch College’s usual MLK Day celebration, Kaplan will be screened King at the Little Art Theatre in downtown Yellow Springs and offered a Q&A session following the film. The film was also screened the following evening on MLK Day for the Antioch community in McGregor Hall. King was originally screened for one night only in 1970 in more than 600 theaters across the United States. This tribute to the late Dr. King, while both a huge artistic and financial success, has essentially been out of public circulation since then.