Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Central Library to Host Documentary Screening of "The Truth" Up & Coming

The Central Library will host a free documentary screening highlighting a Birmingham accountant’s move from corporate America to stand-up comedy.

“The Truth" Up & Coming will air on Saturday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m., in the Arrington Auditorium on the fourth floor of the Linn-Henley Research Building. The documentary by Birmingham filmmaker Sonya “Sam” Mitchell first premiered last fall during the Sidewalk Film Festival in downtown Birmingham.

The 15-minute short film features Carla “The Truth” Youngblood, who a few years ago moved from a successful career as an accountant to pursue a dream of being a stand-up comedian. Youngblood performs at venues across the Southeast.

Mitchell is the founder of MY Entertainment, a film production company. The Central Library held a screening last October of her first documentary, "Jesse Speeks,” which shares the story of a 26-year-old Birmingham man who has autism. That film was featured in the 2014 Sidewalk Film Festival.

Mitchell and Youngblood eight years ago co-founded ALLA Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization that provides college scholarships and mentorship programs for young men throughout metro Birmingham. The women formed the organization after both of their brothers died tragically due to drug addictions. For more information about ALLA, Inc., go to

For more information about seminars and other resources about small business development available at BPL, contact Jim Murray of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by e-mail at or by calling 205-226-3691.

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