Bayne Announces Award-Winning Cinematographer for Documentary

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Veteran Cinematographer Vic Losick will shoot Bijan C. Bayne's documentary "Show People". The film is a history of people of color on display or exhibition from Columbus' time to the present.

Writer/historian Bijan C. Bayne announces that award-winning cinematographer and producer Vic Losick will shoot the documentary film "Show People". The film will be the first to focus on cases of non-whites who were displayed as exotics or curiosities. Intitial interviews, research, and fundraising are underway.

Losick worked as a cameraman for the BBC, WNET-13,and "60 Minutes" before going on to such acclaimed credits as “Ella Fitzgerald, Something to Live For” (PBS' American Masters series),"Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton" (also for American Masters)and "Piano Blues," directed by Clint Eastwood for Martin Scorsese's PBS series on the blues. His experience also includes the special "Charlotte Church: And So This is Xmas", "The Trials of Alger Hiss", and “Last Dance,” a film about the unique collaboration of author/illustrator Maurice Sendak and the Pilobolous Dance Theater.

Bayne is the author of "Sky Kings: Black Pioneers of Professional Basketball". His essays appear in the books "Between Race and Empire", "Basketball in America:From The Playgrounds to Jordan's Game", and "Baseball in the Carolinas". He has taught, lectured or given readings on subjects from the business of music to using sports books to engage young pupils. Bayne won a Robert Peterson Research Award from the Society of Baseball History's Negro League Committee.

At every World's Fair until 1904, one could visit a human exhibit (called a "village")of peoples of color, from Filipino to pygmy to Native American. Since the time of Columbus, and likely before, spectators, scientists, and royalty have viewed exhibitions, stage "acts", or traveling shows in which humans were displayed as odd or savage foreigners. Through narrative, interview, and archival imagery, "Show People" will tell this story. The film covers well-documented instances such as "The Venus Hottentot" and "The Siamese Twins", as well as lesser-known cases, some displayed posthumously, dating into the 1990's.

For more information contact:

Bijan C. Bayne, Reel History,(513) 515-3602.


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