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ABOUT FACE: The Evolution of a Black Producer

Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2017, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett I co-directed and designed the visual treatment and style of the piece, re-wrote and edited with Thomas the original essay to fit video material and the story he wanted to tell.edited and designed motion graphics. SYNOPSIS: As the AIDS epidemic in New York escalated during the ‘80s, a young, out, black producer was fighting to get information about the crisis on screen. Thomas Allen Harris, raised by activists in the Bronx and East Africa, produced a series of public television programs focused on HIV/AIDS, bringing folks who were previously ignored by mainstream media to the core of public discussion. Despite the program’s success in breaking open the narrative of the crisis, the pushback Harris received from the channel’s executives and constraints of corporate media ultimately led the artist to suspend work in public television. 28 years later, Harris draws from these resurfaced tapes and an essay he’d written at the time: “About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer".

Project Roles
Director, Editor (Film/TV), Motion Designer, Writer
Company
CHIMPANZEE PRODUCTIONS
Skills
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Scripting
Media
Documentaries
Project Industries
Education, Entertainment
ABOUT FACE: The Evolution of a Black Producer