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Documentaries: St. Clair Bourne

Documentaries: St. Clair Bourne

Documentaries: St. Clair Bourne

St. Clair Bourne

Caption: Alfre Woodard with St. Clair Bourne at a screening of "Paul Robeson: Here I Stand" at the TV Academy

St. Clair Bourne, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Danny Glover at the "Paul Robeson: Here I Stand" screening
As head of his production company Chamba Mediaworks, Inc., producer/director/writer St. Clair Bourne has made more than 42 films concentrating on cultural and political themes, a focus he continues to explore. Most recently, he has produced a feature-length documentary for HBO: HALF PAST AUTUMN: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF GORDON PARKS about the photo-journalist and filmmaker. With actor Wesley Snipes as executive producer, Bourne directed JOHN HENRIK CLARKE: A GREAT AND MIGHTY WALK, a feature length documentary about the respected historian and Pan-African activist. The film has been invited to the Toronto, Carthage (Tunisia), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, Africa) and Sundance film festivals. Bourne then directed PAUL ROBESON: HERE I STAND!, a 2-hour documentary for the "American Masters" PBS series and is currently in post production on another feature-length documentary about Doctor Yussef Ben-jochanen, the Egyptologist, on tour in Egypt.

Other past productions include MAKING "DO THE RIGHT THING", Bourne's acclaimed narrative documentary about the making of Spike Lee's controversial feature. It was invited to the Munich, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Amiens (France), the Festival Dei Popoli and Turino (Italy) film festivals and received national theatrical distribution, an unusual feat for a documentary. Bourne produced and directed IN MOTION: AMIRI BARAKA, a portrait of the activist writer also known as Leroi Jones; LANGSTON HUGHES: THE DREAM KEEPER, a narrative performance documentary for the PBS Voices And Visions series and films for the National Geographic Society's "Explorer" TV series: THE GULLAH CONNECTION about the impact of tourism on the African "Gullah" culture of the South Carolina Sea Island people, NEW ORLEANS BRASS about the brass bands in New Orleans and HERITAGE OF THE BLACK WEST, about African-American cowboys and cowgirls. In addition to domestic productions, Bourne produced two one-hour documentaries for a six-part BBC series with London-based Catalyst TV. Entitled WILL TO WIN, the series explores the political impact of athletes of African descent on international sports.

St. Clair Bourne began his career in American public television and was the youngest staff producer for the public affairs series BLACK JOURNAL during the year it won an EMMY. He received the John Russworm Citation for "excellence in broadcasting". His productions range from public television, educational (SESAME STREET series, the American Institute of Architecture, the College Entrance Examination Board), network programs (NBC White Paper Special Report "AMERICA: BLACK AND WHITE" which won the Carlo TV Film Festival's Documentary Award), political films (THE BLACK AND THE GREEN in which African-American activists meet the IRA in Northern Ireland).

Bourne's break with traditional television journalism and his move toward more narrative films started with LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN!, which chronicled the maiden voyage by a young minister into the secular world. He made his entrance into theatrical feature films as the co-producer of THE LONG NIGHT which premiered at New York's Museum Of Modern Art's "New Directors, New Films" series. Based on Julian Mayfield's novel, the film had an American theatrical release as well as foreign broadcasts. He also made a dramatic short for television, ON THE BOULEVARD, a love story about two unemployed entertainers in Hollywood. Most recently, Bourne co-produced REBOUND, a HBO dramatic film about the fall and rise of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, a real-life playground basketball legend.

Bourne is currently developing a dramatic feature film: EXILES AND ALLIES, a love story set in the ex-patriate community of US Army deserters in Stockholm, Sweden during the Vietnam War.

In addition to his own projects, St. Clair Bourne has been the executive producer for three documentary films. A QUESTION OF COLOR by Kathe Sandler explores beauty standards and skin color discrimination within the Black community. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, had a two-week theatrical run at NYC's Film Forum Cinema and was broadcast over the PBS network.

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