Wednesday, December 24, 2014


As 2014 comes to a close, we want to CONGRATULATE all of our BDC members who continue to make great strides in their work, and say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our BDC friends who continue to support documentary filmmaking!  2014 has been one of long-awaited premieres, well-deserved accolades, and innovative activism and engagement.  Sadly, we've also lost friends and mentors this year, particularly the great Bill Greaves.  We miss you.  Thank you for everything.

 

Check out our not-nearly-complete visual montage of BDC's 2014 Year-In Review! From premieres, to broadcasts, awards, fundraisers--we tried to include them all.  If we missed something, know that we still love you :-) and email us a friendly reminder!  We're always happy to hear from you!

The Black Documentary Collective (BDC) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization, so take advantage and join, renew, or make a tax-deductible donation!  We've got some surprises coming up in 2015, and we want you to be part of it all!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Tribute to William Greaves
Brooklyn Academy of Music
December 11 - 15

Please join us for this much-deserved tribute to 
our dear friend, supporter, mentor, and inspiration,
independent filmmaker William Greaves.  

Many thanks to BAM for putting it together.

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: TakeOne; Still A Brother; The Fight

(click pix below for details and tickets)

As part of Migrating Forms, BAMcinĂ©matek presents a selection of essential works by William Greaves, the seminal Emmy Award-winning chronicler of African-American life during the 1960s and 70s.

Greaves died in August, leaving behind an incisive body of work ripe for rediscovery, and his rarely screened works include a rousing chronicle of Muhammad Ali and a candid examination of the black middle class.
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The Price of Memory
by Karen Mafundikwa

Nominated for Best Film by a Woman of Color!

African Diaspora 
International Film Festival!
Nov 28 - Dec 14

Quad Cinema, NYC 
THIS Wednesday, December 10th, 7:20 PM
Q&A with director Karen Mafundikwa



When Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica in 2002, she was petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations.  This timely, important film traces the Rastafarian petition and a reparations lawsuit against the Queen over a decade, into both the British and Jamaican parliaments, while interweaving stories of Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s.
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BDC Community
No!  Enough is Enough!

Sadly, the list of petitions keeps getting longer.  
But, let's keep supporting all the efforts being made in pursuit of justice.


Click pix to sign colorofchange.org's petition #JusticeforEricGarner

Enough is Enough! 
Secure Justice for Mike Brown and Advance Police Reform
We can Still Secure #JusticeForMikeBrown

Click pix to sign MomsRising.org's Open Letter to Pres. Obama and AG Eric Holder
Click pix to sign ColorofChange.org's Petition
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BDC Oscar Updates

Oscar Consideration for BDC Member and BDC Friends Films!

DOCUMENTED, Through A Lens Darkly, Little White Lie,
Time is Illmatic, Death Metal Angola

The Hollywood Reporter: 

 

Click pix below for more info!

Little White Lie
Directed by Lacey Schwartz

In Theatres Now!
DOCUMENTED
Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas
Co-Produced & Edited by
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Through A Lens Darkly
Directed by Thomas Allen Harris
Produced by 
Ann Bennett
 

Time is Illmatic
One9, Erik Parker, Martha Diaz
Death Metal Angola
Jeremy Xido, Amanda Burr

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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 

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.

Broadcasters, educators and commissioning editors contact us often for information about our members' work.  The BDC Catalog & Directory is an easy and efficient way to put you in touch with them as the inquiries come in.

Please send an email for further instructions to:


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

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

BDC Member Screenings

The Price of Memory
by Karen Mafundikwa

Nominated for Best Film by a Woman of Color!

TOMORROW at the African Diaspora 
International Film Festival!
Nov 28 - Dec 14

Teachers College @Columbia University, NYC 
TOMORROW, Sunday, December 7th, 2PM

Q&A with director Karen Mafundikwa

Nominated for Best Film by a Woman of Color
Q&A with director Karen Mafundikwa at both screenings

Sunday, Dec. 7th, 2 PM

Teachers College @Columbia University
120th St., btw Broadway and 
Amsterdam Ave.

Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 7:20 PM

QUAD Cinema
34 W. 13th St
btw 5th & 6th Aves


When Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica in 2002, she was petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations.  This timely, important film traces the Rastafarian petition and a reparations lawsuit against the Queen over a decade, into both the British and Jamaican parliaments, while interweaving stories of Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s.
* * *

BDC Community
No!  Enough is Enough!

Sadly, the list of petitions keeps getting longer.  
But, let's keep supporting all the efforts being made in pursuit of justice.


Click pix to sign colorofchange.org's petition #JusticeforEricGarner

Enough is Enough! 
Secure Justice for Mike Brown and Advance Police Reform
We can Still Secure #JusticeForMikeBrown

Click pix to sign MomsRising.org's Open Letter to Pres. Obama and AG Eric Holder
Click pix to sign ColorofChange.org's Petition
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BDC Oscar Updates

Oscar Consideration for BDC Member and BDC Friends Films!

DOCUMENTED, Through A Lens Darkly, Little White Lie,
Time is Illmatic, Death Metal Angola

The Hollywood Reporter: 

 

Click pix below for more info!

Little White Lie
Directed by Lacey Schwartz

In Theatres Now!
DOCUMENTED
Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas
Co-Produced & Edited by
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Through A Lens Darkly
Directed by Thomas Allen Harris
Produced by 
Ann Bennett
 

Time is Illmatic
One9, Erik Parker, Martha Diaz
Death Metal Angola
Jeremy Xido, Amanda Burr

* * *

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 

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.

Broadcasters, educators and commissioning editors contact us often for information about our members' work.  The BDC Catalog & Directory is an easy and efficient way to put you in touch with them as the inquiries come in.

Please send an email for further instructions to:


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

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Friday, November 21, 2014

BDC Member Events
Little White Lie
by Lacey Schwartz

Opens Today in NYC!
Openings in LA, San Francisco and DC to follow

AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd Street, NYC

Special Event at tonight's 7:25 PM Screening!

Panel moderated by HOT 97'S Miss Info, 
with Grantland's Rembert Brown, Feministing's Lori Adelman & Lacey Schwartz
7:25 PM - 9:15 PM

Click pix below for tickets

Growing up in an upper-middle-class Jewish household, Lacey Schwartz knew she looked different from the rest of her family, but her darker complexion and curly hair were brushed off as traits inherited from her Sicilian grandfather. When she finally begins to dig deeper, Lacey uncovers unspoken family secrets and willful denial that cuts to the core of her very sense of self, inspiring an intriguing re-evaluation and redefinition of identity.

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Stones in the Sun
(Woch Nan Soley)
by Patricia Benoit

Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street, NYC

Opens today through November 27th
1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:30 PM

Q&A Nov 21, 7:10 PM show with Patricia Benoit 
and actors Carlo Mitton and Thierry Saintine 
  
Q&A Nov 26, 7:10 PM show with Patricia Benoit and actor Edwidge Danticat

A dramatic fiction narrative 
about the invisible the wounds of exile

A woman struggling to forget the atrocities she has suffered, reunites with her husband. A single mother striving for assimilation in the suburbs takes in her activist sister. And the host of a popular anti-government radio show finds his estranged father on his doorstep.

Set in New York's Haitian community, "Stones in the Sun" weaves together stories of love and family irridiated by the fallout of political terror.
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BDC Member News

Oscar Consideration for BDC Member and BDC Friends Films!

DOCUMENTED, Through A Lens Darkly, Little White Lie,
Time is Illmatic, Death Metal Angola

The Hollywood Reporter: 

 

Click pix below for more info!

Little White Lie
Directed by Lacey Schwartz

In Theatres Now!
DOCUMENTED
Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas
Co-Produced & Edited by
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Through A Lens Darkly
Directed by Thomas Allen Harris
Produced by 
Ann Bennett
 

Time is Illmatic
One9, Erik Parker, Martha Diaz
Death Metal Angola
Jeremy Xido, Amanda Burr

* * *

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 

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.

Broadcasters, educators and commissioning editors contact us often for information about our members' work.  The BDC Catalog & Directory is an easy and efficient way to put you in touch with them as the inquiries come in.

Please send an email for further instructions to:


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