In The Making

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October 14, 2020

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Various
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Firelight Media and American Masters present IN THE MAKING, a documentary short film series following the lives and journeys of emerging BIPOC cultural artists who bring insight and originality to their artistic craft.

Featuring eight cinematic and character-driven shorts by emerging BIPOC filmmakers – most of whom graduated from our Documentary Lab – IN THE MAKING explores the artistic process of up-and-coming creatives through non-fiction storytelling.

2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Short-Form Series - Reality/Nonfiction.

Episodes

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Damon Davis: Apologue For The Darkest Gods
Directed by 
Elissa Blount Moorhead

Look into the art of award-winning, post-disciplinary artist Damon Davis, the St. Louis native whose work spans illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art that explores the African American experience.


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Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance
Directed by 
Ben-Alex Dupris

Explore how the reality and resistance of Native Americans inspires the work of Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, igniting discussions about environmentalism and Native American rights, among other topics.

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Anik Khan: Street Level
Directed by 
Sofian Khan & Joseph Patel

Explore the music of Anik Khan, the Bangladesh-born, Queens, New York-raised hip-hop artist whose music sketches the immigrant experience with rare poetic flair, incisive depth, and a whole masala of influences at his fingertips.

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Amrya León: Strange Grace
Directed by 
Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Meet Amyra León, the musician, poet, author, and activist who channels deeply personal experiences of pain and healing into raw, majestic, and often cathartic performances that celebrate love, Blackness, and womanhood.

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Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: This Is The Way We Rise
Directed by 
Ciara Lacy

Watch as Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and academic continues her work toward justice for Hawaii’s native population.

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Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming The Moon
Directed by 
Ligaiya Romero

Explore the life and work of Maia Cruz Palileo, the multi-disciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist who examines themes of migration and the permeable concept of home in her works, inspired by the oral history of her family’s arrival in the United States from the Philippines.

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Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah: The New Chief
Directed by 
Amitabh Joshi & Erik Spink

Watch as the Grammy-nominated, modern jazz musician from New Orleans defies the expectations of jazz while challenging how music is taught in universities nationwide.

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Vincent Valdez: The Beginning Is Near
Directed by 
Ray Santisteban

Follow the San Antonio, Texas-born artist who emphasizes themes of social justice, memory, and ignored or under-examined historical narratives in his work.