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  1. Filmmaker Profile: Avon Kirkland Discusses Legacy of Sam Cooke

    February 26, 2010

    Documentary filmmaker Avon Kirkland didn’t follow the typical path to filmmaking – earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and working as a research scientist and educational publishing executive before starting a career in television in 1972. Since then, his work as a producer, director, and writer has focused on

  2. John Antonelli Discusses Inspiration Behind Sam Cooke

    January 28, 2010

    The ITVS film Sam Cooke: Crossing Over recently premiered on American Masters on PBS. The film looks at the musical and political significance of composer, performer, and pioneering pop music entrepreneur Sam Cooke and the circumstances that led to his murder. Beyond the Box recently caught up with producer John Antonelli to discuss his interest in the

  3. Robert Clift Looks at Racial Identity in Hip-Hop Music

    January 21, 2010

    Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity, airing in February on public television, explores the tension between white racial identity and black cultural propriety at a time when hip-hop is redefining American life. Filmmaker Robert Clift recounts some of the questions he received about the film and what it was like working with white rappers --

  4. Behind the Scenes: Girls On The Wall with Filmmaker Heather Ross

    January 1, 2010

    This month, Girls on the Wall airs on public television (check local listings). The film follows a group of incarcerated teenage girls who are given a shot at redemption in a most unlikely form: a musical. Learn more about filmmaker Heather Ross’s professional background, how she discovered this unique story, and some of the recent press coverage the film

  5. Vanessa Gould Tours Los Angeles With Her Film BETWEEN THE FOLDS

    November 20, 2009

    Director of the Community Cinema documentary selection BETWEEN THE FOLDS Vanessa Gould spent the past few days at a series of screening events for the film in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition to the two unique screening and folding events at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and at the Frida Kahlo Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, Ms. Gould