October 27, 2016
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Documentary Focuses On Opera Singer Who Overcame Discrimination


When I Rise' World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival



AUSTIN, Texas,  -- "When I Rise," a new documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, an opera singer who overcame racial discrimination to achieve international stardom, is an official selection of the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.

The film, made possible by support from AT&T, will hold its world premiere as part of the internationally recognized festival in March.

"When I Rise" is the powerful story of Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who became a target of racial discrimination and ultimately ascended to the heights of international opera. Produced by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, "When I Rise" is an Alpheus Media Production, in association with Allentown Productions. The film was directed by Austin filmmaker Mat Hames.

"We're thrilled to have the premiere of this powerful and important film as part of the SXSW Film Festival," said Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. "It has been a privilege to work with Barbara Conrad to make this project a reality. Our involvement with this film is an excellent example of what makes the Briscoe Center unique among history research centers. We not only serve as a repository for the evidence of history – we bring that history to life with unique projects like 'When I Rise.'"

"Barbara Smith Conrad's remarkable story of struggle, and eventual triumph, over racism is one that echoes the university's own commitment to diversity and inclusion," said William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin. "In creating this documentary, the university takes a hard look at its own history. 'When I Rise' is more than just the journey of one of our most distinguished alumni. It embodies the messages of tolerance, justice and diversity that are central to the university's mission."

"'When I Rise' tells the story of an extraordinarily talented woman whose journey to overcome bigotry and ignorance on the way to becoming a world-famous opera singer is nothing short of incredible," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. "AT&T is proud to support programs like this documentary and other multicultural outreach efforts that offer hope to others and demonstrate our belief that all individuals are valued and all voices should be heard."

To learn more about the film and see a schedule of upcoming screenings, visit the site: www.WhenIRiseFilm.com.

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About The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Through stewardship, scholarship, and outreach, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History increases knowledge and fosters exploration of our nation's past. As a leading history research center, we collect, preserve, and make available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history. Researchers, students, and the public mine our collections for a wide range of academic, professional, and personal uses. Our collections also inspire our own projects, including books, exhibits, programs, films, and educational materials. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit and public service component of The University of Texas at Austin.http://www.cah.utexas.edu/.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation's fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation's leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property and University of Texas at Austin. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.  University of Texasat Austin, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History logo are trademarks of University of Texas at Austin.




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