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film | Jan 30th, 2020

Acclaimed Rafiki Director Wanuri Kahiu to Direct The Black Kids, Based on Hotly Anticipated YA Novel

The Gotham Group recently announced their latest film project, The Black Kids, and it’s set to be directed by Rafiki filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.  Kahiu—who gained international attention for her critically acclaimed film Rafiki—will helm the production, based on the upcoming YA novel of the same... Continue Reading →
film | Dec 19th, 2019

Documentary Filmmaker Bassam Tariq’s Ghosts of Sugar Land Shortlisted for an Academy Award

In his award-winning documentary Ghosts of Sugar Land, Bassam Tariq shares a story that transcends religion and politics to paint a truly human picture. Now, the remarkable doc is shortlisted in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 92nd Academy Awards.  Tariq is keenly aware of the... Continue Reading →
film | Dec 5th, 2012

Making History: How Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns Got His Big Break

Before Ken Burns earned his place as one of America's greatest filmmakers—before the Central Park Five and The Dust Bowl; before Baseball, Jazz and The Civil War; and certainly before the advent of what is now commonly known as the Ken Burns effect—he was a young man trying to bring history to life... Continue Reading →