Spies of Mississippi Online Screening and Chat

Today (Tuesday, February 11) at 6 pm PST on the OVEE site, we’re happy to present an encore screening of the film Spies of Mississippi online, featuring live comments from director Dawn Porter.

Hosted by WNET, New York’s flagship PBS station, the live chat will give viewers a chance to ask questions via a moderator while the film screens in tandem. Participating with OVEE, a social TV experience from Independent Television Service (ITVS), is quite easy using a login or via Facebook, or you can comment anonymously.

So watch this startling film about the state-sponsored program to defeat the Civil Rights Movement, a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators and agent provocateurs in Old Dixie — all while getting unique insight on the subject and the making of the film from the filmmaker herself.  Watch >>

Note: Spies of Mississippi will also be available to watch for free online for a month.

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ITVS/Independent Lens Interactive Editor and film nerd, based in San Francisco.
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  • Dennis Degen

    Thie subject of this show makes my stomach turn, But what bothers me most is that not much has changed. The State is still the leader of HATE!

  • Roger Priddle

    I was 16 in 1965 living in white, middle-class Toronto Ontario Canada. I remember hearing some of this story at the time. I now do presentations to students about “environmental activism” and already refer to a number of the civil rights cases as examples of non-violent activism.

    I’d like to know if there is any issue with my providing a link to this program (“Spies of Missisippi”) to help today’s students get some background on the history of student activism. It seems to me that in 2014, we need to help our young people feel empowered to make change, and that examples from the (not too distant) past can be significant. (“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.”)

    What are the copyright implications of this? Thanks.

    • http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/ Independent Lens

      Hi Roger, thanks for asking!
      A link with attribution is fine. We only ask not to copy content or embed video and pass it off as if you were the author. :) But you should absolutely feel free to use it for educational purposes. Just make sure it’s clear it’s an Independent Lens program.
      By the way, just FYI, the film is only up online through March 11, so if you want them to see it after that you will need to contact the filmmaker for an educational copy:
      Good luck and thanks again!