I regret to inform those who haven’t heard that veteran documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne has passed on. Besides his blog and films that remain as his legacy, I’d venture to say that St. Clair hadn’t received quite as much recognition in his lifetime as he deserved. His passing is untimely and I predict more delving into his work and significance to the documentary and black communities he served so intently. To hear his own words, The New York Times produced a short video with Bourne discussing the evolution of his work.

More about Bourne from MediaRights from their Shortlist series:

Who is St. Clair Bourne?

Over the past 35 years, St. Clair Bourne has been the producer, director and writer of some forty-five film productions, including documentaries for HBO, PBS, NBC, BBC and National Geographic in addition to his own independent work. He has produced the feature-length documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks for HBO. With actor Wesley Snipes as narrator and executive producer, Bourne directed John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk and also directed Paul Robeson: Here I Stand!, a two-hour documentary for the “American Masters” PBS series. He was also a co-producer on the HBO dramatic feature Rebound, the true story of playground basketball legend Earl “The Goat” Manigault as well as Woodie King’s independent theatrical feature The Long Night. Bourne is the executive producer for Visitors, Melis Birder’s documentary about the family and friends of the incarcerated and Filiberto: Dead or Alive about the Puerto Rican nationalist Filiberto Ojeda Rios. Bourne is currently shooting a film about veteran photographer Ernest Withers and a documentary series about the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party for PBS. Read the entire article>>

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