INPUT TV - Thessalonika, Greece

May 2017 

Wed. 6 Sept. 2017 - Venice Film Festival - La Biennale Di Venezia


I am a consulting producer on The Rape of Recy Taylor, the new documentary by esteemed director Nancy Buirski. The documentary recounts the searing story of Recy Taylor and her indefatigable courage to speak up as an African-American woman in the Jim Crow South who survives to tell the tale.  The film screens Wed. 6 Sept. 2017 at 14h in the Sala Darsena. World premiere.


For tickets: http://bit.ly/2evVrew


Help spread the word and follow updates on the film via social media:

@RecyTaylorFilm
facebook.com/TheRapeofRecyTaylor
instagram.com/augustafilms







Fri. Sept. 8, 2017 - British Urban Film Festival - London


Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement screens in London!
This documentary that I directed and produced has its European premiere:

Fri. 8 Sept. 2017 @ 16h at BT Tower 45 Maple Street.

Stay Woke screens as part of the festival's shorts program "Black Films Matter".

For tickets: http://bit.ly/2ww1w4C 

Help spread the word and follow updates via social media:

@buffenterprises
@buffawards 
#BTBUFF2017
http://www.instagram.com/buffenterprises 







The Nineties on CNN!

I joined Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman & Mark Herzog on this "decades" series currently airing on CNN. I produced the episodes: Can We All Get Along? about race and culture; and New World Order about the George H. W. Bush administration.




Laurens Grant will screen and discuss the Emmy and Peabody-nominated film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution that she produced at this annual international conference.


INPUT TV is a non-profit organization of public television programmers, content creators and broadcasters that meets in a different host country each year to discuss and challenge the boundaries that public TV faces around the world. 


For info: http://input-tv.org/news/thessaloniki-is-getting-ready-for-input-2017

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​​36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 


Sat. April 22, 2017 @ 1pm 


UNDER THE SKIN: BLACK FILMS
A-MILL ARTIST LOFTS PERFORMANCE HALL

Free! For more info: 

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This conversation focuses on Black films and Black filmmakers through the lens of Africa and the African diaspora. Film scholars and filmmakers discuss the impacts that culture, politics, social settings, and colonialism have on the human spirit and how this impact is voiced through the films and stories being made by Black filmmakers around the world.

Moderated by: Filmmaker Craig Laurence Rice

Panelists: Rochelle Claerbaut, Attorney for Licensing and other matters for Spike Lee, NYC; and filmmakers Laurens Grant and Sabaah Folayan.


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Good news! Buenas Noticias! The entire 4-hour series of Latin Music USA was rebroadcast! Narrated by Jimmy Smits (24 Legacy, Dexter, The West Wing), see some of your favorite artists from Carlos Santana, Ritchie Valens, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Pit Bull, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Selena, and many more! Check our local listings! And follow the action on twitter: #LatinoMusicUSA @LatinoMusicUSA


Fri. April 28 @ 9pm EST
Ep 1: Bridges”/Ep 2: The Salsa Revolution 

Trace the rise of Latin jazz, the explosion of the mambo and the cha-cha-cha as they swept across the U.S., infiltrating rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll through the 1960s. As the musical journey continues, LMUSA explores how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms by adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa—which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

Fri. May 5 @ 9pm EST

Ep 3: The Chicano Wave”/Ep 4: Divas and Superstars 

Mexican Americans in California, Texas and throughout the Southwest created their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. This episode shows how their music played an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propelled them from the barrio to the national stage.


The final hour focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the 21st century and the success of artists like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth gravitate toward urban fusions like Spanish rap and reggaetón, as well as rock en Español. Lin-Manuel Miranda describes his first Broadway success, In the Heights, with its range of Latino characters and sounds. 


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Laurens Grant