Wednesday, September 3, 2014


THROUGH A LENS DARKLY
Special Event & Screening THIS Saturday  
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THE NEW BLACK
At CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
and
Maysles Documentary Center 
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Sonia Sanchez' 80th Birthday Bash!
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AMERICAN PROMISE
Available on DVD
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Please join us for a Special Event and Screening of 
Through a Lens Darkly at Film Forum in NYC!

THIS Saturday, September 6
2:50 pm

This special screening features a salute to Brooklyn Photographers:

Q&A with Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Russell Frederick 
and Radcliffe Roye

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Discount tickets are available through BDC!
For more information, email:

**Limited number available, so please email ASAP**

Through A Lens Darkly: 
Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
by Thomas Allen Harris

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Inspired by Deborah Willis' book, Reflections in Black, Through A Lens Darkly is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present.  Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

 From The New York Times:

"...a tribute to unsung artists and a lyrical, at times heartbroken, meditation on imagery and identity. The film is always absorbing to watch, but only once it's over do you begin to grasp the extent of its ambitions, and just how much it has done within a packed, compact hour and a half. "
Watch the Trailer!
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The New Black
Directed by Yoruba Richen

 

To date, 16 states have legalized gay marriage, but lawsuits and state referendums fighting this change proliferate.  The New Black digs deeply into the role of African-Americans at this historic moment.  Filmmaker Yoruba Richen takes viewers into the pews, to the kitchen table, and onto the streets to tell the story of the historic fight for marriage equality, charting the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

Wednesday, September 17th, 6pm
Q&A with Yoruba Richen to follow

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40th St., Room 308
New York, NY 10018

**This is a free event for all CUNY students, faculty and staff!**

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Thursday, September 18th, 7pm
Q&A with Yoruba Richen to follow  

Maysles Documentary Center 
343 Lenox Ave. 
New York, NY 10018

   
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CELEBRATE SONIA!
The Official New York City 80th Birthday Party
for SONIA SANCHEZ

soniasanchezmic  

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014,  6 pm

Bedford Hall
1177 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
(bet. Madison St. and Jefferson Ave.)

Performances by Ursula Rucker and Jessica Care Moore

Remarks by Haki Madhubuti, Third World Press

Music by DJ Reborn

Sneak Peak at BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
the documentary celebrating her life and work

And much more! 

Admission: $35

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AMERICAN PROMISE 
by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Now Available on DVD and digital platforms

  

AMERICAN PROMISE spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, NY, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.


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Saturday, June 7, 2014



BDC Events

Frame:Runner Seminar on Post-Production
Exclusively for BDC Members
*FREE*

Complimentary wine, fruit and cheese will be served 
to enhance learning :-)
Monday, June 9, 2014
7 - 10 PM
555 West 57th Street, 17th Floor, NYC

Please RSVP by this Friday, June 6th, to 
bdcnewyork@gmail.com

Frame:Runner and Navigating HD is offering a free seminar to BDC members.  
DI Colorists, Jon Fordham & Evan Anthony will go over the technology, workflow and best practices of post-production.  General Manager Keith Shapiro will also be in attendance to discuss the special discounts for post finishing they offer to BDCmembers.

Frame:Runner is a High Definition post-production facility specializing in color correction and finishing for broadcast television, festivals, and theatrical distribution.
They have worked on countless award-winning projects for BDC members, including Stanley Nelson's Freedom Summer and Thomas Allen Harris' Through A Lens Darkly, both which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Any questions, please email bdcnewyork@gmail.com

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Beauty of Change
An Inspirational Evening with the Legendary Susan L. Taylor

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
6:30 - 9 PM

YWCA of Brooklyn
30 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
  
As the soul of Essence magazine for over three decades, Ms. Taylor was the driving force behind one of the most celebrated African American  owned businesses of our time. She was the first and only African American woman to be recognized by the Magazine Publishers of America with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award-the industry's highest honor! Ms. Taylor is a social activist, philanthropist, author of four books, and role model for young women.

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Afraid of Dark
Directed by Mya B.

Friday, June 13, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Presented by Reel Sisters and The Kumble Theater
Long Island University - Brooklyn, NY
Flatbush Avenue, between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.

Hosted by Lisa Durden
Post-Screening discussion with the director 
and Councilman Jumaane Williams, Danny Simmons, and others

Go to
to watch trailer and buy tickets

  

Mya B.'s documentary asks the provocative question, "Why is everyone so afraid of black men?"  Afraid of Dark challenges stereotypes and reflects on the difference between how society perceives Black men and how they define themselves.
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Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project
Directed by Tracy Heather Strain
Kickstarter Campaign


*Please Support!  Click below for more information*


 The Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project takes you on a journey through her intense and eventful life to tell a story of one woman who, from a young age, was compelled to fight against injustice of all kinds, ultimately choosing art-the theater specifically-as her chief vehicle. For Lorraine Hansberry, art contained the "energy which could change things." Her overnight success transformed the face of American theater and catapulted her into the spotlight. 

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May 26, 2014

BDC Member Updates

The New Black
Directed by Yoruba Richen

Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV)
87 Lafayette Street
May 29th, 2014


To date, 16 states have legalized gay marriage, but lawsuits and state referendums fighting this change proliferate.  The New Black digs deeply into the role of African-Americans at this historic moment. Focusing on the 2012 legal battle in Maryland (a state in which blacks make up nearly one-third of the electorate), filmmaker Yoruba Richen tracks activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign.  Far from a polemical screed, The New Black explores the role of tradition, prejudice, and religious conviction in shaping the evolution of the black community's response.

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 DOCUMENTED
Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas
Co-Prod & Edited by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Opens in Washington DC
May 30th - June 5th, 2014

West End Cinema
2301 M St NW
 
 DOCUMENTED is the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times Magazine essay and testified at the Senate immigration hearings.  The film chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his evolution as an immigration reform activist; and his personal struggle to reconnect with his mother, whom he has not seen in over 20 years.

Watch trailer at

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The Left Forum Convocation
at John Jay College
Featuring Eric V. Tait, Jr. (June 1st)

Speakers include Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, Immortal Technique, Amy Goodman, David Harveu, and Stanley Aronowitz

May 30 - June 1st 

the left forum at john jay

The Role of Media in a Revolutionary Transformation of Society

June 1st, 3:40 - 5:40 pm
Session 7: Room 1.81
 
Eric V. Tait, Jr. and others take take a look at the historical roots of the racial injustices embedded in the criminal justice system, such as Stand Your Ground Laws and Stop N Frisk policing tactics.  Excerpts from Tait's series Media Watch, and his film, Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home will be shown.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014



BDC Members 
Invisible Universe
by M. Asli Dukan
Fundraising Campaign
**Please Support!** 
Ends THIS FRIDAY, March 7, 2014, 11:59 pm

(click pix to watch video and learn more)
Just a few days left to support Invisible Universe: a history of blackness in speculative fiction.  For this documentary, director M. Asli Dukan has interviewed a "Who's Who" of Black fantasy, horror and science fiction/speculative fiction-- writers, filmmakers and artists-- including Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Wesly Snipes, Nichelle Nichols, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and more.  She has traveled the country documenting events, conferences and performances, to reveal how black creators have countered the invisibility of black characters in "popular" speculative fiction, by creating a universe of their own.
 

Octavia Butler, author
Nichelle Nichols, Lieut. Uhura, Star Trek
Ken Foree, actor
Sam Delany, author
Carol Cooper, critic


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BDC Friends
Freedom Rider Diary (Book)
by Carol Ruth Silver

Book Signing & Launch
New York and Boston

Thursday March 6, New York, NY*
Books Culture
536 West 112th St.

*Introduction by BDC Member Filmmaker Laurens Grant

Monday, March 14 in Boston, MA

click on pix for tkt info (scroll down) 

Freedom Riders were ordinary people, mostly young, who challenged the system of segregation - apartheid - which had existed in the US South for almost a hundred years.  The Freedom Riders boarded commercial buses, riding in small, integrated groups, to challenge segregation in inter-state facilities in the deep South. They met violence, resistance, and incarceration.  Carol Ruth Silver is a civil rights attorney and since 2002, has been working to promote education for girls in Afghanistan.
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BDC Member Benefits
BDC and Frame:Runner Partnership! 

Frame:Runner is a High Definition post-production facility specializing in color correction and finishing for broadcast television, festivals and theatrical distribution  They have worked on countless award-winning projects for BDC members, including Stanley Nelson's Freedom Summer and Thomas Allen Harris' Through A Lens Darkly, both premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival!
Frame:Runner is offering a special discount to BDC Members on all professional services, from color correction and finishing in Avid, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Premiere Pro, file and tape conversions, duplication and sound mixing.   

This is an INCREDIBLE benefit to our members!   
Thank you, Frame:Runner!

Frame:Runner
555 West 57th Street, NYC
212-246-4224
Keith Shapiro, General Manager/Partner 
keith@framerunner.com 


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BDC and Women Make Movies 

BDC Members are eligible for the partner discount for Women Make Movies workshops

 
For these benefits, BDC Membership must be current.  Join or Renew here!
Email bdcnewyork@gmail.com for more information.


Membership status subject to verification for all benefits.   
Invalid membership status may result in additional charges from participating vendors.  

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BDC Catalog & Directory is accepting submissions!

The BDC Catalog & Directory is a searchable database of BDC members' work and contact information available to production companies,
networks, press, distributors, educators and others interested in
purchasing, screening, distributing member films and hiring our members.

This BDC-exclusive resource is an invaluable opportunity to
reach audiences, increase visibility, promotional opportunities,
as well as get work and generate revenue.

We have already received requests from CBS, The Documentary Channel, ASPiRE, Magic Johnson's new cable network, to name a few.
But they can't reach you and we can't refer you if you're not in it,
so please submit your information now!

Please send an email for further instructions to:


(Please do not send emails to Sabrina or Nicole's personal emails. Thanks!)

You MUST be a current BDC Member to be included.
Click below to join the BDC or renew your membership. 

Monday, February 24, 2014


BDC Member Films Streaming Free
@PBS Video All Month!
  
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, 
More Than a Month, and Soul Food Junkies

click PBS logo to watch films
   
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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
wins NAACP Image Award for 
Outstanding Theatrical Documentary!

Congratulations, Shola Lynch!

(click pix for more info about the film)

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Invisible Universe
by M. Asli Dukan
Fundraising Campaign
**Show Your Support!** 
Ends March 7, 2014, 11:59 pm

(click pix to watch video and learn more)
Please check out M. Asli Dukan's feature length documentary work-in-progress,
Invisible Universe: a history of blackness in speculative fiction.  Ms. Dukan has interviewed a "Who's Who" of Black fantasy, horror and science fiction/speculative fiction-- writers, filmmakers and artists-- including Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Wesly Snipes, Nichelle Nichols, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and more.  She has traveled the country documenting events, conferences and performances, to reveal how black creators have countered the invisibility of black characters in "popular" speculative fiction, by creating a universe of their own.

Facebook   Twitter  YouTube   Website  Indiegogo

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BDC Free Screenings 
Baadasssss!
by Mario Van Peebles

Free Screening & Performance

Tuesday, February 25th
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Event begins at 7:00 pm


Presented by Just Films at AtriumFlix



JustFilms at AtriumFlix kicks off its 2014 season with a special screening of Baadassss!-- a revealing documentary about the making of his father's groundbreaking 1971 independent film,
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Before the screening,
Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative band will perform!
Conversation with Mario and Melvin Van Peebles to follow,
moderated by Greg Tate
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Slavery By Another Name
by Sam Pollard

**DATE CORRECTION**

Wednesday, February 26th
6:30pm 
City College of NY, Shepard Hall Room 291
259 Convent Avenue at 140th Street

Followed by Q&A with Sam Pollard

Presented by the Documentary Forum@CCNY, the MCA Department, the Black Studies Program, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and Third World Newsreel and the Black Documentary Collective

Free, limited seating, RSVP required
This fascinating 90 minute documentary challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.
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BDC Member Benefits
BDC and Frame:Runner Partnership! 

Frame:Runner is a High Definition post-production facility specializing in color correction and finishing for broadcast television, festivals and theatrical distribution  They have worked on countless award-winning projects for BDC members, including Stanley Nelson's Freedom Summer and Thomas Allen Harris' Through A Lens Darkly, both premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival!
Frame:Runner is offering a special discount to BDC Members on all professional services, from color correction and finishing in Avid, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Premiere Pro, file and tape conversions, duplication and sound mixing.   

This is an INCREDIBLE benefit to our members!   
Thank you, Frame:Runner!

Frame:Runner
555 West 57th Street, NYC
212-246-4224
Keith Shapiro, General Manager/Partner 
keith@framerunner.com 


* * *
BDC and Women Make Movies 

BDC Members are eligible for the partner discount for Women Make Movies workshops

For these benefits, BDC Membership must be current.  Join or Renew here!
Email bdcnewyork@gmail.com for more information.


Membership status subject to verification for all benefits.   
Invalid membership status may result in additional charges from participating vendors.  

* * * 


BDC Catalog & Directory is accepting submissions!

The BDC Catalog & Directory is a searchable database of BDC members' work and contact information available to production companies,
networks, press, distributors, educators and others interested in
purchasing, screening, distributing member films and hiring our members.

This BDC-exclusive resource is an invaluable opportunity to
reach audiences, increase visibility, promotional opportunities,
as well as get work and generate revenue.

We have already received requests from CBS, The Documentary Channel, ASPiRE, Magic Johnson's new cable network, to name a few.
But they can't reach you and we can't refer you if you're not in it,
so please submit your information now!

Please send an email for further instructions to:


(Please do not send emails to Sabrina or Nicole's personal emails. Thanks!)

You MUST be a current BDC Member to be included.
Click below to join the BDC or renew your membership.