An executive producer recommends three films to watch for Black History Month: Passing, A Most Beautiful Thing and Mr. Soul! | Chaz’s Journal

Director Mary Mazzio found support from lawmakers in Congress, where she proposed that poverty be treated as a health crisis and that systemic racism could be tackled at its root by correcting structural inequalities. “A Most Beautiful Thing” is a film about the ups and downs of city life. On the hopes and dreams of its inhabitants. About addiction and recovery, family and community. And about a brighter path forged through hard work and discipline. In his SXSW review of the film, editor-in-chief Brian Tallerico wrote: “Mazzio’s approach reminded me of Steve James, another filmmaker whose undeniable empathy shines through in every frame.” Among its many honors, the film was nominated for for a Critics’ Choice Award, a NAACP Image Award and for Best Documentary from the Foreign Press Academy. He currently has a 100% critical and public approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Last but not least is Melissa Haizlip’s “Mr. Soul !,“an enlightening look at” SOUL! “, the public television variety show produced and hosted by the director’s uncle, Ellis Haizlip, which shone the spotlight on the black arts movement. In an era when African Americans weren’t consistently in the spotlight. on television except in negative stereotypes, this program opened up new avenues for representation during its broadcast from 1968 to 1973. In his four-star review of the film posted on this site, our reviewer Glenn Kenny wrote that “the clips from, can anyone put the whole series together and stream it, or somehow physical media – reveal it as a phantasmagoria of black excellence. ”

The director of the film, Melissa Haizlip, is a dynamic emerging filmmaker who has received numerous accolades for her film, including the Critics’ Choice Award for Best First Feature Documentary, Best Musical Documentary at the IDA Documentary Awards, Best Feature Documentary at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, the Audience Award for Best Feature at the AFI DOCS Film Festival in Washington, DC, the Audience Award at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, the Meta Award at the Dallas Videofest / Docufest and caused quite a stir at the BFI London Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

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