John Korty: Award-Winning Director and Key Figure in the Independent Cinema Movement

From a Washington Post obit by Emily Langer headlined “John Korty, director of ‘Miss Jane Pittman,’ dies at 85”:

John Korty, the award-winning director of television movies including “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” a 1974 tour de force starring Cicely Tyson as an African American centenarian whose life spans from slavery to the civil rights movement, died at his home in Point Reyes Station, Calif….

Mr. Korty was a key figure in the independent cinema movement that took hold in the 1960s and 1970s in Northern California, hundreds of miles, physically and philosophically, from the Hollywood studios to the south.