Founded by documentarian St. Clair Bourne, The Black Documentary Collective (BDC) provides filmmakers, video producers and media professionals of African descent, with the opportunity to network and promote each others’ work.
trying to take the form somewhere. Much like African-American
musicians did with music, I'm trying to do that with the documentary."
Orlando Bagwell leaves the Ford Foundation to make his own documentaries once again.
(click below to read The New York Times article)
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BDC Events (in date order)
CCNY Documentary Center Honors Independent Cinema Director Shirley Clarke
Anjanette Levert, Program Coordinator
THIS Friday, February 22 Multiple events beginning at 4pm
(click image below for details)
Dancer/choreographer turned filmmaker, Shirley Clarke
studied filmmaking in the 1950s with the legendary Hans Richter at the
City College of New York. She soon became part of the downtown
independent film scene that included avant garde pioneers Maya Deren and
Jonas Mekas. A founder of the New American Cinema movement, The New
York Times calls her "one of the great undertold stories of the American
A Co-Presentation of the
CCNY Documentary Forum, the Black Documentary Collective (BDC), the
Rifkind Center for the Humanities, the Music Dept., the MCA Dept.
Cinema Studies Program, the Women's Studies Program and the Black
Studies Program of CCNY
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Creatively Speaking Screening Series at MIST Harlem Cinemas
February 22 - 25, NYC
Featuring Promised Land by Yoruba Richen
and Jesse Owens by Laurens Grant
(click image below for details)
Jesse Owens, Feb 23, 3pm
The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the
1936 Olympic Games
captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. The story of the
22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to
become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens
is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way
Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them
once they don't.
Promised Land, Feb 24, 5pm
Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved. Promised Land
follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from
white owners, some of whom who have lived there for generations. Amid
rising tensions and wavering government policies, the land issue
remains South Africa's "ticking time bomb," with far-reaching
consequences for all sides.
Co-presented by Creatively Speaking and the Black Documentary Collective (BDC)
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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Directed by Terence Nance
Stranger Than Fiction at IFC
Tuesday, February 26, 8pm, NYC
(click below for details)
Terence Nance dazzled audiences at
the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with this bold debut that's hard to
define as fact of fiction. As both director and subject, Nance brings a
delightful sense of humor and vulnerability to chronicling his
relationship with a lovely young woman, teetering between platonic and
Co-presented by Stranger than Fiction and the Black Documentary Collective (BDC)
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Celebrating Black Independent Film Pioneers
Bill Greaves and Bill Miles
Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 - 8pm
@ the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture
Langston Hughes Auditorium
FREE, click image below to register:
Before Spike Lee, Henry Hampton,
Stanley Nelson, St. Claire Bourne, and many other successful black
documentary makers, there was Bill and Bill. Steeped in black history
and culture, the work of these two pioneers laid a firm foundation for
many of today's black filmmakers who continue a proud tradition of
storytelling that began with Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, and
others. Join us as we explore the work, legacy, and lives of Bill Miles and Bill Greaves.
Co-Presented by Firelight Media and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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Directed by Christine Turner
MoMA Documentary Fortnight
Thursday, February 28, 8pm, NYC
(click for more details)
Through the eyes of
funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American
funerals is brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York
City's historic Harlem neighborhood, the film takes an up-close and
unusual look at the rarely seen world of undertaking, one of the few
occupations black Americans could enter into freely after slavery.
Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and personal photographs, Homegoings paints a portrait of the dearly departed and the man who serves them.
a special performance by composer and violinist Daniel Roumain,
introduced by Simon Kilmurry, executive producer, POV, followed by a
discussion with Christine Turner and appearances by Isaiah Owens and
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a documentary series
by Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett
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Black History Month and Valentine's Day are both in February,
and this is the third year of the
Valentine for Little Brother Campaign!
For a $25
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a second DVD that will be shipped to the Library, Educational
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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.