[New York] : DocuRama : Distributed by New Video Group, c2003.
1 videodisc (53 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Robert Drew collection
DVD; Dolby Digital stereo.
Narrator, James Lipscomb.
Producer, Gregory Shuker ; film makers, Richard Leacock, James Lipscomb, D.A. Pennebaker, Hope Ryden ; director, Robert Drew.
Originally released as a documentary motion picture in 1963.
National Film Registry.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Having earned John F. Kennedy's trust with his 1960 campaign-trail film Primary, cinéma vérité documentarian Robert Drew expressed his desire to document a president in crisis. When African American college students Vivian Malone and James Hood prepared to enroll at the all-white University of Alabama in June 1963, governor George Wallace defied a federal court order and vowed to prevent the students' enrollment. Kennedy granted unprecedented access to Drew and his unobtrusive four-team crew, who used handheld cameras to cover both sides of the conflict.
Special features: a documentary Faces of November (12 min.); optional audio commentary from Robert Drew and Richard Leacock.
Behind a presidential commitment