The Vanishing Black Male and a Call to Recording Artists

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Called the #1 Black documentary of 2005 by syndicated movie critic Kam Williams, The Vanishing Black Male is a thought-provoking documentary that encourages African American men and women to discuss problems and solutions.

This is a problem we must tackle. We can ask for help but its up to us to create breathing space so young African American men can continue to thrive. This should become the norm not the exception.

The Vanishing Black Male, a documentary feature, premiered in New York and New Jersey the end of 2005. Since then, this movie that explores why African American women outnumber their men in such large numbers, has been creating a lot of discussion. Syndicated movie critic Kam Williams has cited the movie as being the best Black documentary of 2005 and its director, Hisani DuBose, the best director.

Mr. Williams says: "Designed with every demographic in mind, The Vanishing Black Male is a remarkable movie not to be missed by young or old, by male or female, by black or white or anyone with an interest in a frank discussion of the future of African American men. Refreshingly honest in tone, don't expect any candy-coated aphorisms or simplistic solutions here. This critic's pick for the Best Documentary of 2005."

Due to the high crime, incarceration and poor education rates of young Black males the documentary's production company, Seven Generations Productions, is calling on recording artists to get the DVD and set up public discussions in their communities. Hisani DuBose, the movie's Director/Producer believes, "This is a problem we must tackle. We can ask for help but its up to us to create breathing space so young African American men can continue to thrive. This should become the norm not the exception."

The movie was shot in Newark, New Jersey and surrounding communities with no budget. Everyone involved felt so strongly about the subject matter that they agreed to be paid on the back end. This included the movie's interviewer, actor Melvin Jackson, Jr. who frequently appeared in HBO's The Wire, Everybody Hates Chris and is currently in the movie Annapolis. Original music is composed by Roger G. Stubblefiel d.

In an effort to raise post-production funds, Ms. DuBose circulated brochures soliciting $40.00 donations in return for listings in the credits and premiere tickets. This effort, along with an investment by Theresa Horton (Executive Producer) made it possible to complete the project.

Ms. DuBose explains, "I was in the process of raising funds to shoot a narrative movie when I read an article in a Black women's magazine that said young Black women may not be able to find husbands or life companions because there are so few Black men. This was disturbing so I decided to grab a crew and find out for myself if things had become that bad. The way people are reacting to this movie is incredible. It seems to be a topic everyone wants to hear and talk about. This journey is proving to be worth the struggle."

The movie has appeared in the following festivals:

The Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival (11/05)

MEMFEST (Bloomfield College, NJ 10/05)

Black Documentary Collective at Film Archives (NYC- 11/05)

The Women of Color Film Festival (NYC 2/17-19 '06)

Arizona Black Film Showcase (Phoenix 3/16-19 '06)

Garden State Film Festival (NJ 3/31-4/2 '06)

The Black Film and Media Conference (Philadelphia, PA 5/4-7 '06)

The Urban Literature Film Festival (Greensboro, NC 9/15-17 '06)

The movie can be purchased on-line or by mail at: through distributor Indiepix.

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