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Behind the Scenes at Blackside

19 Jul

Henry Hampton established his Boston-based company Blackside, Inc in 1968, and for thirty years he, and a talented group of producers, directors, cinematographers, writers, and researchers made award-winning documentary films. In the early years of Blackside, Hampton produced numerous films, including public service announcements, government and educational films for a wide variety of organizations.

During the 1970s Blackside made hour-long documentaries including Kinfolks, the story of ten black families living in New Haven, Connecticut, and Code Bluea portrait of African Americans entering the medical field as doctors, in addition to the educational films. Then in 1979 Hampton began making the first incarnation of Eyes on the Prize, which Hampton originally titled, America, They Loved You Madly

The Henry Hampton Collection at the Film & Media Archive also contains photographs and many of them are of Blackside staff and producers during meetings or from interview shoots. Shown here are are a few examples from the early days of Blackside.

Interview with Gordon Parks by Blackside, 1979.

Interview with Gordon Parks by Blackside, 1979.

Blackside interviewed Gordon Parks during the first production period of Eyes on the Prize. 

Henry Hampton with Blackside production crew, circa 1970s.

Henry Hampton with Blackside production crew. (1970s)

Henry Hampton and Andrew Young during his interview for "Eyes on the Prize," 1985.

Henry Hampton and Andrew Young during his interview for Eyes on the Prize. (1985)

Henry Hampton, Orlando Bagwell, and Blackside crew member, 1979.

Henry Hampton, Orlando Bagwell (cameraman), and Blackside crew member during an early shoot for Eyes on the Prize. (1979)

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