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Project of the Day: Exploring Photography in PBS Documentary, 'Through a Lens Darkly'

By Srimathi Sridhar | Indiewire August 2, 2012 at 1:42PM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Through A Lens Darkly" Tweetable Logline: First documentary to explore how AfrAms used photography as a tool for social change from invention in 1840s to present. Elevator Pitch: I am writing to request coverage of our film, "THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People," the first documentary to explore how African Americans have used photography as a tool for social change from the invention of the medium in the 1840s to the present. THROUGH A LENS DARKLY illuminates the hidden, little-known and underappreciated story of African Americans transforming themselves and the nation through the power of the camera lens and broadens our understanding of who we are as Americans. Please help us raise the visibility of this important new documentary for PBS. Production Team: Director: Thomas Allen Harris (works have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Biennial). About This Production: Growing up, I was aware that the images I saw inside our home, on the walls and in photo albums were different from the images of African-Americans in television, movies, and popular culture. Perhaps that's why we have historically turned to the camera to create our own reflections of ourselves. Many of these hidden images and archives have only recently surfaced through the work of scholars, artists and photographers. With this film, I wanted to tell our story looking at the last 170 years through a different lens. Current Status: Post-Production For more information and to support this project: (campaign has ended) Crowdfunding link Doc Website new UnitedStatesArtists.Widget({ project: 'through_a_lens_darkly_black_photographers_and_the_emergence_of_a_people', video: true, version: 2 }).render(); If you've got a project of your own you'd like Indiewire to profile in the column, fill out this form and contact us!
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"Through A Lens Darkly."
"Through A Lens Darkly."

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Through A Lens Darkly"

Tweetable Logline

First documentary to explore how AfrAms used photography as a tool for social change from invention in 1840s to present.

Elevator Pitch

I am writing to request coverage of our film, "THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People," the first documentary to explore how African Americans have used photography as a tool for social change from the invention of the medium in the 1840s to the present.

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY illuminates the hidden, little-known and underappreciated story of African Americans transforming themselves and the nation through the power of the camera lens and broadens our understanding of who we are as Americans. Please help us raise the visibility of this important new documentary for PBS.

Production Team:

Director: Thomas Allen Harris (works have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Biennial).

About This Production:

Growing up, I was aware that the images I saw inside our home, on the walls and in photo albums were different from the images of African-Americans in television, movies, and popular culture. Perhaps that's why we have historically turned to the camera to create our own reflections of ourselves. Many of these hidden images and archives have only recently surfaced through the work of scholars, artists and photographers. With this film, I wanted to tell our story looking at the last 170 years through a different lens.

Current Status: Post-Production

For more information and to support this project: (campaign has ended)
Crowdfunding link
Doc Website

If you've got a project of your own you'd like Indiewire to profile in the column, fill out this form and contact us!  

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