Black Folk Don’t: Season 4
Black Folk Don’t is an open conversation that invites everyone to take a second look at the gray areas between us all, no matter the race, and — most importantly — to do it with a sense of humor. This documentary web series features episodes on the NRA, yoga, adoption, swimming, plastic surgery, marriage and suicide.
Tune in to new episodes of Black Folk Don’t every Monday, starting September 26, and share your thoughts with @blackfolkdont on Twitter. A special presentation of BlackPublicMedia.org, the series is directed by Angela Tucker and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
In the third season of Black Folk Don’t, we find more to discuss in the cities of California, from stereotypes about adoption, to plastic surgery and feminism, to the NRA and much more!
Set in New Orleans, Louisiana this season of Black Folk Don’t explores swimming, camping, eating disorders, committing suicide and getting married. All of which black folk don’t do, apparently.
In the first season of this irreverent documentary web series, producer Angela Tucker hits the streets to ask some questions about certain assumed behavior black folk are infamous for doing, or not doing ins some cases – from tipping, to therapy and winter sports, the themes are diverse, just like the many perspectives.
Angela Tucker, Director/Producer
Angela Tucker is a writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes (A)sexual, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction available on iTunes and VOD this summer and Black Folk Don’t … a satirical, documentary web series in its second season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life.” She is a Co-Producer on The New Black, a feature length documentary currently in production about the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements. The film was honored with the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access. Angela is also the Series Producer for the PBS documentary series, AfroPop. She was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that is a project of Arts Engine, Inc. There, she produced several award winning documentaries including Pushing the Elephant (PBS’ Independent Lens) about a Congolese mother and daughter separated over 12 years. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University where she was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship. Tucker is based in Brooklyn, NY and can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl.
Michelle Chang, Editor
Michelle was the Editor on the documentary film, (A)sexual. She was the Co-Editor on the documentary films Camp Victory, Afghanistan, and an associate editor on Pushing the Elephant. She has assisted on a variety of doc films including Who Does She Think She Is?, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry (HBO), and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise (HBO) in the cutting rooms of veteran editors like Mary Lampson, Mona Davis, Mary Manhardt, Nancy Kennedy and Sam Pollard. In addition, she attended the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story lab both in 2008 as an assistant and in 2009 as a fellow. Prior to becoming an editor, she worked as an Associate Producer for the television newsmagazines 20/20 and Primetime. She studied English at Oberlin College and also has a Master’s in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.
Eliana Alvarez Martinez, Director of Photography
Eliana Alvarez Martinez started making short films at the age of sixteen, and had already begun working as a Cinematographer in the television industry in Spain before she graduated with her degree in Image and Sound at twenty-one. She continued to distinguish herself in the Spanish industry for six years before deciding to make the big jump to New York in 2008. Within months, she was well ensconced in the film business here as well. And by January of 2010, even the U.S. Government had officially recognized her as a “Distinguished Artist” with an O1 visa. In the short time she’s been in New York, Alvarez has also served as Director of Photography on the feature film, Indebted, produced by Ahmad Razvi, of Man Push Cart fame (currently in post production), five feature documentaries, Strat-O-Matic: The Movie, Gaming the System, The Girls Downstairs, I Sing Beijing and Indian Summer (all in production/post), several nationally broadcast music videos and more than twenty-five short films. In addition, Alvarez currently shoots commercials and viral videos for clients including el Jimador Tequila, Formulatin, paidContent and Get Some Series, as well as her own award-winning short films.
William Sabourin – Director of Photography (Season 2)
After graduating from the University of Havana College of Engineering, William found his way to the US in 1999. Later that same year he picked up a camera for the first time, looked through the lens and found his calling. Ever since, he has been driven by passion, creativity, hard work, devotion and discipline to the craft of light. This has opened new vistas in the way he breathe in the world and subsequently, the way the world responds to his rhythm in kind. William’s first job was as a live feed cameraman at the horse races in New Orleans where he mastered the nuanced of the fast moving image. He continued his lessons in the language of light and image as a student at the University of New Orleans College of Fine Arts. During Kartina, William produced, directed, and edited a short film titled, Ole Orleans: The Clash between a Storm and a City. The short film received national acclaim within film industry circles. Some of his footage from the story and aftermath was soon thereafter picked up and aired nationally and internationally in documentaries on The History Channel, Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and a two hour special National Geographic Channel. Williams has worked as a Cinematographer and Director of Photography on projects on national and cable channel networks, including PBS and HBP. In 2007 he worked as Director of Photography for After the Storm, a film by Hille Medilla. When the shoot was over William moved to France where he’d been awarded a fellowship by the city of Parios to study as te Cite International des Art, In 2001 Williams won first prize at the New Orleans Film Festival for short documentaries. With Uprising: Drums, Voice of Resistance, William is realizing an old dream; to make a feature film in his native country, Cuba. The documentary is in the early stages of post-production.
Lauren Domino – Field Producer (Season 2)
Raised in the wilds of Eastern New Orleans, Lauren was a feral child until the age of three. After four years of rehabilitation and a brief appearance on Oprah, she set out to find the world’s best foster parents. This experience was documented in the major motion picture North starring Elijah Wood. Her time spent on set with Elijah motivated her to pursue a career in film. She has an extensive background in film programming and festival management. Previously serving as the Program Manager for Media That Matters™ and the Event & Sponsorship Coordinator of the New Orleans Film Society. She is currently an Associate Producer on NOISE RUNS. An art hobbiest and writer Lauren’s work has been featured at the Voodoo Music Experience and in the online magazine Invade NOLA. She continues to use her vivid imagination daily, in the intro to this bio as well as on her untitled screenplay.
Shira Golding Evergreen, Animation/Title Design
Shira Golding is a queer vegan artist and community organizer living in Ithaca, NY. She makes movies and music, writes articles, organizes events, teaches, and designs materials for nonprofits, activist groups, artists, and filmmakers who share her vision of social and environmental justice. She runs Shirari Industries with her partner Ari Evergreen, she co-founded Share Tompkins and is an organizer and teacher for Ithaca Freeskool.
Marco Vitale, Assistant Camera (Season 1)
Marco Vitale, was born in Naples, Italy. He started to make short movies when he was 18 years old and graduated at University of Roma 3 in Direction for cinema and tv. His documentary “La Torre de Papel” played in several film festivals like the Arcipelago International Festival in Rome and “My self” at the 48hourfilm project where He won the public award in the 2009 for the short movie. He also worked for 1 year to the Acaba Productions in Rome, as assistant in 2 of their feature film. He moved to New York and he’s finishing the one-year documentary program at New York Film Academy, where he worked as DP in many movies and directed and produced his thesis film entitled “Looking for me, in America”. www.marcovitaledoc.com
Danielle Beeber, Production Manager/Associate Producer (Season 1)
Born and raised in NYC, Danielle is a writer and producer. She received her MFA with honors from Columbia University in Screenwriting, There she was awarded various screenwriting awards and scholarships including a full first year writing scholarship, a teaching fellowship, and the Zaki Gordan grant for screenwriting. Ms Beeber went on to be a producer and editor for Vh1′s Best Week Ever. Afterwards she wrote and rewrote screenplays for National Lampoons and Breakout Productions. Ms Beeber is currently working on her graphic memoir LOOSE a Loose memoir as well as documentary on the hidden art scene on Staten Island, She has also been traveling the world teaching screenwriting and editing for film making workshops.
Shawn Peters, Director of Photography (Season 1)
Shawn Peters is a Photographer, Content Producer and Media Futurist who lives in who lives in Brooklyn, NY. As a Director of Photographer he has worked on several short films, feature length documentaries, music videos and commercials. http://vimeo.com/shawnpeters