Click the image to watch the New York Times portrait of BDC Founder St. Clair Bourne,
by renowned photographer Chester Higgins, Jr. in 2006
Membership is $50 for the year! That's just $4/month :-)
From the beginning, BDC founder, the great documentarian St. Clair Bourne, envisioned the BDC as a singular networking and mentorship organization for documentary film, video, and media professionals of African descent. The BDC Mission is to support the career and artistic development of its members through networking, education, outreach, partnerships and peer support.
More than a professional media organization, St. Clair sought to create a COMMUNITY, where we would work together, support each other and grow to become an influential presence in the world of documentary filmmaking.
Over the years, a small band of BDC member volunteers have been working tirelessly to keep Saint's mission alive and growing. We have changed with the times, building our social media presence, supporting online fundraising campaigns, promoting broadcasts, festival and theatrical runs, assisting with outreach, engagement and audience-building, and creating meaningful partnerships with media organizations and service providers to give our members access to free and discounted workshops, panels and production services.
The list of projects the BDC has supported over the years is too many to list here, but among our highlights are Thomas Allen Harris' Through A Lens Darkly, Carol Bash's Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, Yoruba Richen's The New Black, Lacey Schwartz' Little White Lie, Michele Stephenson's American Promise, Stanley Nelson's The Black Panthers, and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon's BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.
Here is a reminder of some of the
many benefits BDC can give to you!
How else can BDC help you? If you have a request, need for support, let us know! This is what the BDC is about. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're already a member, THANK YOU, and please consider
making a tax-deductible donation to support the BDC.
Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated!
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BDC Partner News
Framerunner, a High Definition post-production facility, offers a special discount to BDC Members on all professional services.
Framerunner is pleased to announce that it has moved into their new facility on 56th Street & 10th Avenue, co-habitating with audio post house, Sync Sound!
Framerunner and Sync Sound will remain two separate companies, and they can now provide BDC filmmakers with both video & audio finishing under one roof!
BDC post production collaborator Keith Shapiro is also now the owner!
Framerunner has provided color grading and finishing for BDC filmmakers including most recent documentaries: Stanley Nelson's The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Carol Bash's Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez,
& countless other award-winning films.
Framerunner offers special discounts to BDC Members for all professional services, from color grading and finishing in DaVinci Resolve, Avid, Final Cut Pro, & Premiere Pro, DCP, 5.1 & stereo blu-rays, file and tape mastering, conversions, duplication, and Sound Editing and Mixing.
Congratulations to Framerunner on their new venture, and we look forward to continuing a successful relationship with the BDC!
For more information, please contact:
450 West 56th Street, NYC, 10019
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