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TR-50543-14

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Tracy Heather Strain (Project Director: August 2013 to present)

Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project

Production of a two-hour documentary film and a website probing the life and art of playwright Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965).

The "Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project" (LHDP) is the first multiplatform media project to explore the life of artist, activist and public intellectual Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), who is best known for the 1959 groundbreaking Broadway play, "A Raisin in the Sun." The main component of the LHDP is a two-hour documentary, "Lorraine Hansberry (w.t.)," which weaves together a compelling story of Hansberry's self-determination and commitment. Designed to attract a wide, general public television audience, the film will serve as the centerpiece of an extensive national public engagement campaign that will include a variety of media access points --interactive website, educational initiatives, and social media. By probing Hansberry's life and art, this project will use an intersectional lens to understand the tumultuous political times that influenced her. Her sharp insight engages many issues still contested in contemporary national discourse regarding race, class, sexuality, and gender.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Theater History and Criticism; Women's History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


TD-50026-08

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Tracy Heather Strain (Project Director: January 2008 to present)

Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project

Development of a 90-minute documentary, a website, and curriculum materials exploring the life, work, and times of African American playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930-65).

The Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project is the first multiplatform media project to explore the life, work and times of Lorraine Hansberry (1930?1965), the artist, activist and public intellectual best known for the 1959 groundbreaking Broadway classic, A RAISIN IN THE SUN. The project?s 90-minute documentary, LORRAINE HANSBERRY: A Drama Beyond the Stage (w.t.) weaves a compelling story of self-determination and commitment. Designed to attract a wide, general public television audience, the film will serve as the centerpiece of an extensive national outreach campaign that includes public engagement, educational resources, and interactive web components to bring Hansberry?s story to life. By probing Hansberry?s life and art, this project will transform viewers? understandings of United States history in the middle years of the 20th century. Her sharp insights engage many issues still contested in contemporary national discourse.

Project fields:
African American Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Development Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2008 – 8/31/2009