Saturday, February 16, 2008

St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Documentary Film

Ave Montague, founder and director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) has launched a special tribute to the late documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) will take place during the 10th annual San Francisco Black Film Festival in June. The tribute will consist of screening of selected films including Making "Do The Right Thing," The Black And The Green, John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk, a panel discussion with Bay Area documentary filmmakers, and the first St. Claire Bourne Award will be presented to the winner in the documentary category

Ave Montague remarked "St. Clair Bourne was a prolific filmmaker, having created over 40 films, always with the point of view of looking from within, not without, at the African American circumstance. His mentoring of many of today's young filmmakers ensures that his legacy will live on. We felt compelled to mark the passing of such an important person with an ongoing tribute, while also providing the Bay Area film community with an opportunity to pay their respects as a group."

San Francisco Black Film Festival advisory board member, Flo Wiley, in cooperation with the Bourne Family, the Black Documentary Collective and the National Black Programming Consortium, is producing the tribute. Further details will be available on the festival website in the coming months.

The 10th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival takes place June 4-8 and June 11-15. For festival information visit

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