Founded in 1968, by Henry Eugene Hampton Jr. (January 8, 1940 – November 22, 1998), Blackside Productions went on to become one of the nation’s most acclaimed documentary film companies. Blackside is renowned for shaping the human stories behind the history, into compelling films that inspire dialogue on the social and political issues at the core of American life.
Producing more than 60 major film and media projects, Blackside has given many emerging filmmakers the opportunity to learn their craft. Eyes on the Prize (1987), the company’s definitive history of the civil rights movement, won the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Peabody Award, Academy Award nominations, and numerous Emmys. Blackside has also brought many other award-winning productions to public television, including: The Great Depression (1993); Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994); America’s War on Poverty (1995); This Far by Faith (2003), and I’ll Make Me A World (1999).
The re-release of Eyes on the Prize was made possible by grants from The Ford Foundation and The Gilder Foundation. The series is a production of Blackside, Inc., and was created and executive-produced by Henry Hampton (1940-1998). Blackside principals are Judi Hampton, president and Veva Zimmerman, vice president.