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early forerunner of the diversity, equity and inclusion movement in the
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Commonwealth Club's Climate One hosts panel discussion on arts activism, environmental justice, and issues of displacement around Bay Area
(SAN FRANCISCO)LaDonna Williams of environmental justice nonprofit All Positives Possible, Christine Fogarty of San Francisco State University's Museum Studies Program, and documentary filmmaker Doug Harris joined Climate One host Greg Dalton to share their experiences in creating the Global Museum's "Clearly Polluted" exhibit.
The three guests met up at the Commonwealth Club's monthly Climate One televised program to share stories on the intersection of art, activism and environmental justice, with a particular focus on in the ongoing issues of racism and displacement. LaDonna Williams and Doug Harris (photo) each brought interesting perspectives to the discussion on ways they have both have shed light on Bay Area communities most affected by pollution and homelessness.
Click on photo or link to view Climate One panel discussion
Walter Gordon tribute at the University of California, Berkeley honors early social justice and civil rights pioneer
(BERKELEY)Very seldom do opportunities arise to celebrate 100th anniversaries, and the filmmaking team of Doug Harris and Brian Spencer stepped away from their documentary All American: The Walter Gordon Story to honor the subject of their film about one of the University of California, Berkeley's greatest legends. The tribute event at UC Berkeley's International House commemorated Walter Gordon's 1922 anniversary of being the university's first Black law school graduate, the founder of the campus' Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity chapter, and an assistant football coach for the school's 9-0 national championship team all in the same year.
The tribute included presentations from UC System President Dr. Michael Drake, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, Cal Athletic Director Jim Knowlton, and former Cal Alumni Association President and Berkeley Law graduate Cloey Hewlett. The event then featured a conversation between Moderator Noah Griffin and filmmaker Doug Harris, as they presented a 10-minute preview of the documentary for the captive audience.
The evening concluded with Griffin and Harris leading a panel discussion with cast members of the documentary (Ed Gordon and Jeffrey Warren) along with Ahmad Anderson, Cal Athletic Hall of Fame member, and Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas, Cal's Associate Athletic Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. (see video)
Short documentary explores history of Richmond's Macdonald Avenue, as the city seeks to revitalize its main street corridor
(RICHMOND) Way back in 1899, A.S. Macdonald had a vision that would to ultimately led to the Bay Area city of Richmond becoming a major hub for transportation and industry on the West Coast. Intrigued by this captivating story, filmmaker Doug Harris has produced a short documentary that explores the history of Richmond, California's main street corridor (Macdonald Avenue).
"During my time working for the City of Richmond, I had heard so many stories about the vibrancy of the old downtown Richmond along Macdonald Avenue, and I felt this would be an interesting subject for a historical documentary. This story is a big part of American history, because what happened to Macdonald Avenue has happened to main streets all around the country," says Doug Harris.
The short 10-minute documentary was funded through the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission's Neighborhood Public Art grant, and Harris is looking to extend the short film into a full PBS documentary.
College & Career video series provides young students with roadmap for life after high school success
(RICHMOND) Exploring options and preparing for life after high school is not always an easy task for young students, and can be even more difficult for parents. With this in mind, the Richmond Library's Teen Program and the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund teamed up with dougharrismedia.com to produce the video series to help guide students through the process of developing a solid game plan.
The video series is comprised of six (6) short presentations that cover options and resources for admissions to four-year and community college, and the construction and building trades.
CALLED UP documentary screening at UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame
celebrates the university's Beloved Community Initiative
(LOS ANGELES)The filmmaking team of Raymond Bell and Doug Harris recently screened their PBS documentary CALLED UP: The Emmett Ashford Story at UCLA to an intimate crowd on campus as part of the university's "Beloved Community Initiative" weeklong series of events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson.
Emmy award winning sports producer Raymond Bell, executive producer of CALLED UP and UCLA alumnus arranged the screening in conjunction with the school's Community Programs Office to present the film to Emmett Ashford's hometown in Los Angeles before the PBS broadcasts later this summer during the 2022 baseball season.
"The post screening panel discussion was just as long as the fim, and it created an exciting dialogue from the audience," says filmmaker Doug Harris. "Presenting our film on the 75th anniversaryofJackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball was very special for our production team."
North Richmond Documentary Photo & Video Exhibit
The online exhibit was produced through the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission's Neighborhood Public Art grant, and presented a collection of archival photo images and documentary stories about the unincorporated community of North Richmond.
Originally slated for exhibition at the Richmond Museum of History & Culture, the exhibit was switched to an online exhibit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The blend of archival photos and video clips were assembled from the award winning four-part An Exploration of Our Historydocumentary film series produced by teen participants of the North Richmond Digital Technology Academy media arts training program, facilitated by Producer/Director Doug Harris.