San Francisco Black Film Festival Establishes St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Documentary Film

A special tribute to the late documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) will take place during the 10th annual San Francisco Black Film Festival in June.

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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 15, 2008

Ave Montague, founder and director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) announced today that a special tribute to the late documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) will take place during the 10th annual San Francisco Black Film Festival in June. The tribute will consist of screening of selected films including Making "Do The Right Thing," The Black And The Green, John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk, a panel discussion with Bay Area documentary filmmakers, and the first St. Claire Bourne Award will be presented to the winner in the documentary category

Ave Montague remarked "St. Clair Bourne was a prolific filmmaker, having created over 40 films, always with the point of view of looking from within, not without, at the African American circumstance. His mentoring of many of today's young filmmakers ensures that his legacy will live on. We felt compelled to mark the passing of such an important person with an ongoing tribute, while also providing the Bay Area film community with an opportunity to pay their respects as a group."

San Francisco Black Film Festival advisory board member, Flo Wiley, in cooperation with the Bourne Family, the Black Documentary Collective and the National Black Programming Consortium, is producing the tribute. Further details will be available on the festival website in the coming months.

About St. Clair Bourne
St. Clair Bourne was born in Harlem on February 16, 1943. After a time in the Peace Corps, Bourne studied filmmaking at Columbia University, but was subsequently expelled for demonstrating on campus. Shortly thereafter, he produced public television's first Black public affairs program, "Black Journal," later forming the film collective, Chamba. He served as a guest lecturer at the UCLA film department in the mid-70s, created documentaries for L.A.'s KCET and was on the selection committee of the Los Angeles film festival, FILMEX.

Bourne's many films included "Making 'Do the Right Thing'," "Paul Robeson: Here I Stand!" Let the Church Say Amen," "In Motion: Amiri Baraka," "The Black and the Green," "Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper," "New Orleans Brass," and "John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk," Bourne had been working on a film about civil rights photographer Ernest Withers and a film about the Black Panthers.

About The San Francisco Black Film Festival
The San Francisco Black Film Festival celebrates a decade of presenting
films that celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and showcasing a diverse collection of films -- from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images, dispel negative stereotypes, and providing local, national and international filmmakers a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed.

The 10th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival takes place June 4-8 and June 11-15. For festival information visit http://www.sfbff.org or call 415.771.9271.

Contact Information
415.346.0199
film2fest@yahoo.com

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