Sunday, June 3, 2012

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Founded in 2000

* Launching the BDC Catalog   
* The Great Migration World Premiere  
at Harlem Stage this month 

Sabrina S. Gordon, Chair
Rafee Kamaal, Chair
June 4, 2012

BDC Founder, St. Clair Bourne
"I'm trying to take the form somewhere.  Much like African-American musicians did with music, I'm trying to do that with the documentary."

BDC Catalog is here! 
As promised, we are launching the  BDC Catalog --  a catalog of members-only films and contact info to be made available online for press, distributors, educators and the general public interested in purchasing, screening, or distributing members' work.   

This is an invaluable opportunity to reach new audiences, increase visibility and promotional opportunities, and generate revenue.  To add your films to the catalog, please send an email to, and you will receive further instructions about making a submission.  

The first publication deadline is the end of this month, so please send in your information ASAP!!! 

  • You MUST be a current BDC Member 
  • Submission Deadline for First Publication is June 30th, 2012  

Click below to join the BDC or renew your membership

BDC at Harlem Stage
The Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave@135th Street 
Wednesday, June 20, 7:30p

Home: The Great Migration of the 21st Century
by Naimah Fuller
**Join us for the WORLD PREMIERE at Harlem Stage**

Reception to follow
Panel and Q&A with filmmaker
click here to watch trailer
For five years filmmaker Naimah Fuller examined the staggeringnumber of blacks leaving major citiesand relocating to the south. In her film Home: The Great Migration of the 21st Century, Naimah studiedthe "push-pull" factors of this new phenomenon by exploring historicaland current conditions facing blacks in the north and the south.
Directions to Harlem Stage  
By Subway 
1 to 137th Street at Broadway. Walk south to 135th Street and walk east two blocks to Convent Ave. and 135th Street. Entrance of both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall is located on Convent Ave.
A, B, C, D to 125th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk east one block to Morningside Drive. and 125th Street. Walk north to 135th Street and Convent Ave (Morningside Drive. turns into Convent Ave. past 127th Street). Entrance of both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall is located on Convent Ave.  

Veteran Filmmaker Bill Greaves Needs Our Support

One of the most respected independents in film and television production today, William Greaves is best known for his pioneering documentaries on the African American experience. He has been hailed a "Renaissance man" and "a thoroughly original multi-faceted American artist" for his films which have won more than 70 international film festival awards, an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. Today Bill is considered to be the dean of African American filmmakers and is credited with having helped to launch the careers of many African-American filmmakers.

About four years ago, Bill developed a neurological condition that impacted his ability to move, speak and swallow (and interrupted work on his latest film).  The condition was described by doctors as "degenerative", and Bill's family was told that his life expectancy was "weeks to months".   

Miraculously, he is still with us.  True to form, Bill has exceeded all expectations and predictions.  Recently, new treatments that he's received show promise in reversing his condition and restoring his lost function, so this online fundraiser has been set up to give Bill the financial support to continue these treatments. 

The goal at this time is to raise $28,000 which will cover six months of acupuncture, osteopathy, speech therapy and in-home physical therapy.  Additional funds raised will help with the cost of storing Bill's archives and papers.  Ensuring the safekeeping of Bill's archives is a vital part of preserving his legacy.

All those who love and are rooting for Bill want to make possible this opportunity for him to recover.  Please join us in this critically important life saving effort to help a filmmaker who has contributed so much to the community.  
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The Black Documentary Collective (BDC) was founded in 2000 by the late great documentarian St. Clair Bourne, as the singular networking and mentorship organization for documentary film, video, and media professionals of African descent. The BDC has a monthly screening series at Harlem Stage, the premiere arts and culture center in Harlem, open to the public. The BDC offers its members professional development workshops, educational programs and networking events, and acts as an advocate for its filmmakers.  The BDC is also dedicated to making a difference in the ever-increasing communities that are interested in, and influenced by the work of its talented members, through community-sponsored events, outreach and activism.