The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWEST) presents its 13th annual “Day of Black Docs.”
Three excellent featured documentaries will be screened: one film showcases the evolution of our music from jazz to hip-hop; another explores the historical treatment of blacks in horror films, which is in direct contrast to the direction Jordan Peele’s is taking the art form today. The third documentary highlights the three year battle around Muhammad Ali’s return to boxing.
“This year’s line-up reflects a time span on a range of Black creativity and perseverance”, states BADWest Co-chairperson Denise Hamilton.”Together these documentaries display how our art and resilience evolved over the years“, states BADWest Co-chair David Massey.
BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES
Sophie Huber, Director
Born in Switzerland and based in Los Angeles, Sophie Huber gained her filmmaking experience as a member of an award winning Berlin film collective, for which she co-directed several narrative films. Her debut feature documentary, the critically acclaimed HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION premiered at the Venice Film Festival, won several awards and was theatrically released in 2013. BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES is her second documentary.
HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR
Xavier Burgin, Director
Xavier Burgin is a writer/director from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He’s a Sundance Fellow, HBO Alumni, Ryan Murphy Directing Program mentee, a semi-finalist for the Student Academy Awards, and a director for the Emmy-nominated series, Giants. A goofball at heart, he’s amassed 70,000+ Twitter followers via comedy, storytelling, and social commentary. He strives to bring an emotionally powerful aesthetic through drama and pleasantly gut-aching hilarity through comedy.
ALI’S COMEBACK: THE UNTOLD STORY
Art Jones, Director
Art Jones has worked in the educational and commercial audiovisual industry for over 25 years. Working as photojournalist for Model Cities, the Amsterdam News, NYC, studio photographer, commercial and educational scriptwriter, curriculum designer, university lecturer, and media/public relations consultant. His career in this field began as a production assistant on Schoolhouse Rock educational cartoon series that aired over ABC Network for over six years. He is the Scriptwriter/Producer/Director behind the documentary films Spirit, Models of Success, and Thirteen Percent [13%]. His most recent film project is Al’s Comeback: The Untold Story, an in-depth look at the people and events that brought Muhammad Ali’s highly anticipated comeback fight to Atlanta, Georgia in 1970.
SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT
– Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
– Q&A with Director Sophie Huber
– Horror Noire: The History of Black Horror
– Q&A with Director Xavier Bergin and Executive Producer Tananarive Due
– Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story
– Q&A with Director Art Jones