African-American writers have long made a lasting impression in literacy circles worldwide. From Frederick Douglass’ famous narrative on slavery to bell hooks’ eloquent description of feminism to Alice Walker’s poignant portrayal of Black women in ‘The Color Purple’ and Toni Morrison’s gut-wrenching words in ‘The Bluest Eye’, the literary works of Black people have left their mark on millions around the world. Southern Gurl Productions is creating a documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes view of an American-based writers’ conference that has helped shape several best-selling authors and added their voices to the Black literary giants who made an indelible impression on us all. After 12 years and seven conferences, the Black Writers Reunion & Conference is hosting its final event in Fort Lauderdale this August. ‘BLACK AND WRITE’ will capture all aspects of this inspirational event plus authors sharing their stories of success and failure in the publishing industry. ‘BLACK AND WRITE’ portrays everyone from THE VETERANS – authors with more than 25 titles to their names and have over a decade’s worth of experience; THE HUSTLERS – authors who have published at least one book and are yearning for more; and THE NEWBIES – unpublished authors working on getting their first literary tome into print.
I dig the idea, especially as we continue to have discussions about and encourage film adaptations of novels penned by black authors, since they don’t get much Hollywood *love*.
She’s already shot over 50 hours of footage for the project which is now being edited, with the end goal being a feature length film running 70-90 minutes.
Expect a film festival debut sometime this year.
You can follow the project’s progress via Southerngurl.com.
Early promo follows below: