Competition is Nation’s Largest for Black Independent Filmmakers
The PitchBLACK Awards ceremony, on April 28 will celebrate Black media storytellers by honoring the past (Trailblazer Award), the present (Forum Awards) and the future (Nonso Christian Ugbode Award). The ceremony’s keynote speaker is award-winning documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter (“John Lewis: Good Trouble and The Way I See It”). The BPM Trailblazer Award recognizes documentary filmmakers with more than two decades of experience working primarily in public media as a producer, director, writer or editor and a strong track record of mentoring emerging media makers.
Sponsored by GBH, this year’s Trailblazer Award recipient is Orlando Bagwell, noted for his moving documentaries about Black people in America, from slavery to present-day, navigating racism, violence and organizing for change. His credits as a producer and director include “Eyes on the Prize,” “Malcolm X: Make It Plain,” “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey” and “Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery.”
The NCU Fellowship, sponsored this year by Gimlet Media, is awarded to groundbreaking makers under age 30 who work in emerging media. The fellowship recipient will be announced at the awards ceremony. The PitchBLACK Awards ceremony will also honor the deaths of renowned Black film pioneers Lewis Erskine and Michelle Materre.
“Black Public Media [BPM] has been building the case that #BlackStoriesMatter for over 40 years and the captivating storytelling and innovative ideas being presented by independent filmmakers and creative technologists at the 2022 PitchBLACK Forum serve as proof,” said BPM Director of Programs Denise A. Greene. “We are inspired by these mediamakers who are committed to their creative vision and bringing unique perspectives to their audiences.”
To learn more about PitchBLACK, go to https://blackpublicmedia.org/events/pitchblack-22/.