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Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #52: Sam Pollard, 'Slavery By Another Name'

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire January 18, 2012 at 9:30AM

Sam Pollard has been making films about the African-American experience for years, having had a hand in producing part of the legendary "Eyes On The Prize" documentary series as well as collaborating with Spike Lee as an editor. His career continues with his documentary "Slavery By Another Name."
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Slavery by Another Name director Sam Pollard
Sam Pollard has been making films about the African-American experience for years, having had a hand in producing part of the legendary "Eyes On The Prize" documentary series as well as collaborating with Spike Lee as an editor. His career continues with his documentary "Slavery By Another Name."

What's it about? "The film tells the stories of slaves and their descendants who found freedom only to be forced back into involuntary servitude."

Director Sam Pollard says: "'Slavery By Another Name' was for me an eye opening experience in understanding the complex relationship of African Americans to America; it is one whose long history will resonate for generations. I have worked on films about African American history for years, and as much as I think I know, I'm always surprised at the new revelations. Working on this film was no exception.

"I would like the Sundance audiences to come away with an understanding of how complicated the experience of African Americans are when it comes to being a part of the American fabric. They also should come away understanding that the African American experience is part and parcel of the history of the rich and diverse history of America.

"I have been in the film and television business for over thirty years. I have had the good fortune to work on both documentary and feature films as an editor and a producer and director. I love movies and have since I was a little boy, both the magic and truth one can find in films is what makes me so attracted to movies and wanting to make them. it is both a fun and tough profession which has always been full of surprises. It has kept me on toes and engaged and wanting to continue to make movies."

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.



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