Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now It's a Done Deal - Paramount Pictures Will Distribute Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Worldwide It's a Done Deal - Paramount Pictures Will Distribute Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Worldwide Interview: Taraji P. Henson On 'No Good Deed' and A Woman's Intuition Interview: Taraji P. Henson On 'No Good Deed' and A Woman's Intuition 'Matthew 18' - "The Scariest African American Film... Ever!" - Gets a Full Trailer + Release Date 'Matthew 18' - "The Scariest African American Film... Ever!" - Gets a Full Trailer + Release Date Crowdfund This: 'Newlyweeds' Star Trae Harris Is a 150-year-old African American Vampire in 'Octavia' Crowdfund This: 'Newlyweeds' Star Trae Harris Is a 150-year-old African American Vampire in 'Octavia' Black Kids from Ferguson Speak Out in 'Hey White People' Comedic Video Educating Whites on Racism Black Kids from Ferguson Speak Out in 'Hey White People' Comedic Video Educating Whites on Racism Issa Rae + ColorCreative.TV to Premiere 3 New Television Pilots at Urbanworld Film Festival Issa Rae + ColorCreative.TV to Premiere 3 New Television Pilots at Urbanworld Film Festival First Release Poster for 'Dear White People' Illustrates One Thing White People Shouldn't Do to Black People First Release Poster for 'Dear White People' Illustrates One Thing White People Shouldn't Do to Black People Why Byron Allen Is the Biggest TV Producer Working Today... Period. Why Byron Allen Is the Biggest TV Producer Working Today... Period. African Americans on TV Guide’s "TV’s Highest Paid Stars 2014" List. You Might Be Surprised African Americans on TV Guide’s "TV’s Highest Paid Stars 2014" List. You Might Be Surprised Delicious Extended Trailer for 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Debuts. Watch It Here. Delicious Extended Trailer for 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Debuts. Watch It Here. After Bidding War, Paramount in Talks to Acquire Chris Rock’s 'Top Five' for $12.5 Million After Bidding War, Paramount in Talks to Acquire Chris Rock’s 'Top Five' for $12.5 Million TIFF 2014 Review: Full of Black Stereotypes, 'Black and White' is a Movie About Race That Avoids Its Subject TIFF 2014 Review: Full of Black Stereotypes, 'Black and White' is a Movie About Race That Avoids Its Subject Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Kickstart This: Feature Documentary On Playwright & Activist Lorraine Hansberry

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act May 20, 2014 at 10:04AM

Finally, the first feature length documentary on the life and career of the pioneering playwright Lorraine Hansberry is currently in the works.
1
Lorraine Hansberry

It’s amazing when you think about it, that, to date, there hasn’t been a feature length documentary about the pioneering playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry.

Aside from being the first African American female playwright to have a play produced on Broadway (Raisin in the Sun, of course, which is now currently in its umpteenth revival with Denzel Washington), Hansberry was a lot more than just a writer. She was also a social critic and activist, writing and agitating about racism and injustice, and even advocating for gay rights back in the 1950s, decades before it became more common.

And that is one reason why filmmakers Jamila Wignot and  Tracy Heather Strain’s currently-in-production documentary about Hansberry, has the potential to be a significant work.

The filmmakers have set up a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise $100,000 in the next month, to help complete the film. She's raised just over $34,000 thus far.

Ms Strain wants to complete the documentary in time for the 50th anniversary of Hansberry’s all too early death at the age of 34, from cancer, in 1965.

As the filmmakers say, they felt they had to make the film because "Hansberry not only helped change American theater, but made distinctive contributions to emerging national and international movements: civil rights, feminism, human rights, gay rights, and anti-colonialismHer story reveals possibilities and limitations for African-American artists in post-World War II America as they sought to juggle the demands of their craft while serving as civil rights spokespersons."

Go HERE for the project's Kickstarter page; or click within the widget underneath. 

Watch the video pitch below:

This article is related to: Fundraising


Shadow & ActNewsletter