HBO: The Black List – Volume 1*

13 10 2008

I was over in the U.S. a few weeks back and saw this really interesting and impressive documentary on HBO.

In “The Black List”  22 prominet Afro-Americans tell their own story and reveal insights into the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the United States. Each of them speaks for approx. 4-5 minutes and is filmed in front of a simple grey screen.

 

Video: HBO – “The Black List – Making of” – 2:36 min

 

Renowned portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, directed, and award winning journalist Elvis Mitchell interviewed the following complete list of people and put the piece together:

If you click on the links they will take you to some of the video pieces. In addition here is the trailer.

Video: HBO – “The Black List – Trailer” – 0:57 min

The documentary also is the hub of the “The Black List Project“:

“The project celebrates the diverse experiences of being black in America and maximizes the power of these stories through a range of activities, including: a traveling museum exhibition of photographic portraits, organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; an upcoming book of photographs and interviews, published by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster, New York; and a national interactive, curriculum-based educational program. “The Black List Project” is produced by Freemind Ventures, a New York-based media collective, and is the pilot program to the larger Freemind initiative “One Million Stories.”

I really like this documentary as it covers members of the Afro-American community from so many different lines of work. From what I understand HBO is working on a Volume two that will have more political and also social leaders in it. Looking forward to that!

Check out: http://www.blacklistproject.com/

(Source: HBO.com)

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