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EPIPHANY Inc. is excited to bring educational films to audiences everywhere. Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown, the prequel to the half-hour documentary Meet BESS is now available at Third World Newsreel.
Gershwin & Bess… is an on-the-record conversation between Anne Brown and Dr. William A. Brown of the The Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) about the work between famed composer George Gershwin and Ms. Brown as she originated the iconic role of “Bess” in Gershwin’s famous opera Porgy and Bess. Music scholars will especially benefit from this historical account exploring musicianship, self-reliance, race and beauty.
This 36-minute consists of a rare conversation as Ms. Brown reflects on her time spent crafting her role in the opera that Dr. Brown denotes as “the apex of artistry in Western culture.”
In the interview Ms. Brown provides the following:
- a detailed account of her work with George Gershwin
- timeless anecdotes on the role singers play in creative collaborations
- an accurate account of the events surrounding a proposed boycott from the Porgy and Bess cast during its run at The National Theatre
- a revealing narrative that addresses her decision to direct European productions of Porgy and Bess in “blackface”
- a reflection on the painful decision to end her singing career
Filmmaker Jasmin Tiggett and I teamed up to produce and direct a series of 15-minute documentary films giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010 in Camden, New Jersey, Little Brother takes an annual look at Black boys as young as nine years old in various urban environments for a one-on-one conversation demystifying what society tends to rob them of: Love.
Little Brother. A conversation that will save a generation.
“It is a rarity to see representations of black boys as they really are: beautiful, open, curious, intelligent, funny, and vulnerable. Filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett’s Little Brother, a caring documentary about the hopes, dreams, and experiences of black boys is as important as it is necessary. This endearing documentary series presents black boys as dignified and fully human, which makes Little Brother a filmic exception, rather than the rule.“
–Byron Hurt, director of I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, and Barack & Curtis.
The film is available for educational institutions, houses of worship, for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, as well as home video use. Distributor: Third World Newsreel. The film team is available for in-person appearances and Little Brother forums in your community. Join the discussion at www.littlebrotherfilm.com with consultant Raymond A. Winbush, Ph.D. (The Warrior Method) winbushreparations.blogspot.com. Please e-mail us at LittleBrotherFilm@gmail.com for booking.
And yes, that’s myself and Mom and Dad, making a guest appearance in the award-winning short film Kung Fu Granny from my talented filmmaker friend Myra Sito Velasquez. You can pick up a copy of this fun piece at www.myravee.com. Granny kicks butt! Go Myra!
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