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Basic Black; East of Hollywood


BB3604 (Green Label) Basic Black Filmmakers of Color East of Hollywood BB3604 July 21, 2005

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Basic Black
East of Hollywood
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

One of Boston's best kept secrets is a community of filmmakers who contribute to the city's creative economy. Many of Boston's African American filmmakers live and work in the neighborhoods that inspire their stories. Basic Black leads a discussion with community leaders, who are working to help Boston and it filmmakers realize their full creative potential. Guest include Robert Spruill, president and CEO of FilmShack; Lisa Simmons, executive director of Color of Film Collaborative; and Candelaria Silva, director of ACT Roxbury.



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Broadcast program

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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