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Title Through a lens darkly [videorecording] : black photographers and the emergence of a people / k. media ; Chimpanzee Productions ; a film by Thomas Allen Harris ; director, producer, writer, Thomas Allen Harris ; producer, Deborah Willis ; producer, Ann Bennett ; producer, Don Perry ; writers, Don Perry, Paul Carter Harrison ; a co-production of Through a Lens Darkly, LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) ; produced in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

Publication Info. [New York, New York] : First Run Features, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library DVD    PHOT TLD    Available
Edition Widescreen.
Description 1 videodisc (92 min.) sound, color, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
two-dimensional moving image tdi rdacontent
video v rdamedia
videodisc vd rdacarrier
Physical Medium 4 3/4 in.
Description digital optical surround Dolby Digital 5.1
digital optical stereo Dolby Digital 2.0
NTSC rda
video file DVD video region 1 rda
Documentary films lcgft
System Details DVD; NTSC; widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.
Language In English with optional subtitles in English and Spanish.
Note Inspired by the book 'Reflections in black : a history of black photographers 1840 to the present' by Deborah Willis.
Credits Editors, K.A. Miille, Matthew Cohn ; composer, Vernon Reid ; additional music and opening theme composed and performed by Miles Jay ; director of photography, Martina Radwan ; executive producers, John Singleton, Kimberly Steward.
Note Originally released as a documentary film in 2014.
Summary Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.
Awards Sundance Film Festival, official selection; Africa Movie Academy Awards, winner
Contents Extra features: Digital diaspora family album -- 14 bonus shorts -- Biographies.
Cast Lyle Ashton Harris, Robin Kelly, Hank Willis Thomas.
Subject African American photographers -- History.
Photography -- United States -- History.
Photography -- Social aspects -- United States.
Photography -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
African Americans in art.
African Americans -- Race identity.
Blacks in art.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
Willis, Deborah, 1948- -- Film adaptations.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Harris, Thomas Allen, film director, film producer, screenwriter.
Willis, Deborah, 1948- film producer.
Bennett, Ann (Producer), film producer.
Perry, Don, film producer, screenwriter.
Singleton, John, 1968- film producer.
Steward, Kimberly, film producer.
Harrison, Paul Carter, 1936- screenwriter.
Reid, Vernon, composer (expression)
Radwan, Martina, director of photography.
Motion picture inspired by (work): Willis, Deborah, 1948- Reflections in Black.
Chimpanzee Productions, production company.
Independent Television Service, production company.
K Period Media (Firm), production company.
National Black Programming Consortium, production company.
First-Run Features (Firm), film distributor.
Standard No. 720229916387
Music No. FRF916387D First Run Features

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