Apologies for getting this to you a bit late, as the tribute screenings showing the work of the late St. Clair Bourne began yesterday. However, there is still plenty more to come so if you are in NYC, here are the details, straight from the press release:

Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee and Melvin Van Peebles honored by 350th Harlem Anniversary Celebrations / Black Documentary Collective (BDC) Film Festival on October 13th.

This 6-day film festival tribute to the late Harlem-born activist and documentarian, St. Clair Bourne, will showcase Bourne‘s work, the Black Documentary Collective and other historic documentary and narrative films celebrating the African Diaspora. Among the expected films: “Buck And The Preacher”, “Uptight”, “Classified X”, “Making Do The Right Thing”, “Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind”, “Statues Hardly Ever Smile”, “Then I‘ll Be Free To Travel Home”, “Daughters Of The Wind”, “The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela”, “I Remember Harlem”, and many others. The festival runs from Wednesday, October 8th through Monday, October 13th at Maysles Institute (343 Malcolm X Blvd - at 127th St - Harlem), Medgar Evers College (1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn) and the Harlem AMC/Magic Theatres (Frederick Douglass Blvd at 124th St). It is one of the key events in the ongoing celebration of Harlem‘s 350th Anniversary. The October 10th through 13th screenings are free and open to the general public. On October 8th and 9th there will be a suggested donation at the door.

Mr. Belafonte, Miss Dee and Mr. Van Peebles are all making time in their busy schedules to participate in this festival out of respect for each other‘s and St. Clair Bourne‘s life-long commitment to documenting and presenting the African Diasporic experience with honesty, accuracy and integrity. The fact that the festival helps celebrate Harlem‘s 350th Anniversary was an added bonus. The Festival opens with Director Bill Miles‘ 1980 classic “I Remember Harlem” on Wednesday evening October 8th at the Maysles Institute. It closes on Monday evening October 13th at the Harlem AMC / Magic Theatres where Mr. Belafonte will receive the Outstanding Humanitarian Award, Miss Dee will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Film and Theatre, Mr. Van Peebles will receive the Independent Cinema Pioneer Award and the late St. Clair Bourne‘s Sister Judith Bourne will accept an award on his behalf for his lifetime of work dedicated to visually documenting and presenting the African Diasporic Experience. A special Closing Reception follows at Londel‘s Restaurant on Strivers Row in Harlem.

There will be two Festival Panel Discussions: Sunday October 12th at Noon (Maysles Institute) “Impact of St. Clair Bourne‘s Life and Work.” Moderator: Michelle Materre, with panelists Pearl Bowser, Bill Greaves, Jacquie Jones, and Bobby Shepherd. On Monday, October 13th, also at Noon (Harlem Magic / AMC Theatres): “Pioneers who changed the Hollywood Stereotypes: The New York - Hollywood Connection.” Moderated by Gil Noble, panelists include Woodie King Jr., Douglas Turner Ward, and Clyde Taylor.

Sponsors of the 350th Harlem Anniversary Celebrations are the Harlem Preservation Foundation (HPF), Neighborhood Artists, Inc. (NA,Inc.) and EVT Educational Productions, Inc. WNYC Radio is a Media Partner. Film Festival collaborators are the Maysles Institute, Medgar Evers College Film & Culture Series, Harlem AMC/Magic Theatres, the Harlem Partnership Project (HPP) and Londel‘s Restaurant.

Screening venues and times, panel discussions, and awards presentations are available at: www.myspace.com/harlemthennowandforever, and www.harlemthennowandforever.org