Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Film, "Street Fight"

Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Film, Street Fight
April 26, 2006

Marshall Curry, Director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Street Fight, hosted the first public screening of the film in Newark at Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday, April 26. The documentary chronicled the hard-fought and often controversial 2002 Newark mayoral election between incumbent Mayor Sharpe James and challenger Cory Booker.  A question and answer session with Curry followed the showing.

Street Fight was Curry’s first feature-length film. He worked for many years as a senior producer at Icon Nicholson, a New York multimedia design firm. There he has produced and directed interactive documentaries and websites for museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. Through is independent company, Marshall Curry Productions, LLC, he has shot, edited and directed a number of short films for non-profits including The Day the Indians Won (for the Rainforest Foundation) which tells the story of the Panara Indians in Brazil who successfully won back their land and Negril Elementary (for the Rockhouse Foundation) which chronicles an education project in Jamaica.

Curry is a graduate Swarthmore College where he studied Comparative Religion and was a Eugene Lang Scholar. He was also a Jane Addams Fellow at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, where he wrote about the history, philosophy and economics of non-profits. He first got to know Newark in 1991 when he took time off from Swarthmore to set up a literacy program there. At the time Mayor Sharpe James was in his second term.