A docudrama about one of the first African-American Peace Corps volunteers who returns to the site of his past assignment in search of his host country counterpart now suspected of terrorist activity.
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000)
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand! (1999)
John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk (1998)
Making "Do The Right Thing" (1989)
Langston Hughes: The Dreamkeeper (1988)
The Black and The Green (1987)
In Motion: Amiri Baraka (1986)
Big City Blues (1985)
Let The Church Say Amen! (1973)
St. Clair Bourne has specialized in exploring the African Diaspora internationally with an eye toward finding common links among people of African descent. Over the past 25 years, he has produced, directed and/or written more than 40 film productions, including documentaries for HBO, PBS, NBC, BBC and National Geographic, in addition to his own independent documentaries. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC have presented retrospectives of his work. He received the Oscar Micheaux Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Programming Consortium, a John Russworm Citation for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism and was nominated for three Emmys for his recent documentary Half Past Autumn, about the photo-journalist and filmmaker Gordon Parks.
April, May, June 2008
St. Clair Bourne was honored at the 10th San Francisco Black Film Festival, which took place in June, when a retrospective screening was presented in tribute to the late Fellow. A special program of Bourne’s work was be shown, including excerpts from his films and the features Let the Church Say Amen and Paul Robeson: Here I Stand. In April, the Tribeca Film Festival, also paid tribute to Bourne when filmmaker William Greaves shared a few words about him and showed highlights from some of Bourne's films.
January, February, March 2008
St. Clair Bourne was memorialized at the Museum of Moving Image with a night devoted to discussion his legacy. Clips of his documentaries were shown and speakers such as producer Warrington Hudlin and Armond White testified to Bourne’s contributions to film and to the African-American filmmaking community. Bourne passed away in December 2007.
October, November, December 2007
St. Clair Bourne passed away December 15th, at the age of 64. Bourne was an incredibly active member of the New York film community, and he worked on a global scale to bring more attention to African-American history. He was one of the biggest supporters of the African Diaspora Film Festival, and he blogged extensively through his Chamba Notes email list. From Richard Prince’s obituary: For the past year, he had been working on a documentary about veteran Memphis-based civil rights photographer Ernest Withers…and continued a project on the Black Panthers. Bourne was best known for the documentaries on renaissance man Paul Robeson and Afrocentric historian Henrik Clarke, and for Making 'Do the Right Thing'.
How do you approach the beginning of a project?
Since I create my own subject matter, I approach the project with wonder, puzzlement and determination to accomplish it.