Friday, February 8, 2008

I Remember Harlem-1

a short segment from this terrific film that is regrettably unavailable.
about Bill Miles, who I know and is a wonderful man, from his site

William Miles' life's work is dedicated to exploring the entire African American Experience including the history, culture and achievements of African Americans from their arrival in America in the 16th century, (depicted in his award-winning PBS series I REMEMBER HARLEM; to their achievement as astronauts, aeronautical scientists and engineers (examined in his PBS special BLACK STARS IN ORBIT). Mr. Miles has won an EMMY Award, been nominated for the
OSCAR inducted into the Black Filmmaker's Hall of Fame. Among numerous other awards garnered both at home and abroad he has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for independent Video and Filmmaker (AIVF) in acknowledgment of his outstanding contribution to the history of African American in the medium of film.
The only African American independent to be based at THIRTEEN/WNET in New York City, William Miles has produced many films dedicated to the African American Experience that have been broadcast nationwide as SPECIALS. Miles' films are based in in-depth historical and cultural research and are committed to he dissemination on history to a broad national audience on public television and educational institutions throughout the world. Mr. Miles, in cooperation with THIRTEEN/WNET, produces study guides to accompany his films, and actively participates in the film's distribution. Miles Educational Films, Inc. is about to embark on a production foray into the interactive multimedia arena utilizing many materials from his body of work.
Miles spent three years researching materials for I REMEMBER HARLEM, a four-hour special which traced harlem's 350-year history, as a visual counter to the oral histories in the film Miles unearthed archival photographs and motion pictures stock footage along with newsreel films, much of it rare and never before seen by the general public. In early 1982, one year after it was broadcast, I REMEMBER HARLEM won an Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University citation and an American Film Festival Award.


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