Relinquishing Purse Strings: Orlando Bagwell Leaves Ford Foundation’s JustFilms

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mr. Bagwell, a director and producer of some of the most influential documentaries about the civil rights movement and the black American experience, will leave the foundation in June to make his own documentaries once again.

As a substitute teacher in Boston during the 1970s school-busing crisis there, Orlando Bagwell was attacked by a mob and kicked into the street. He was rescued by a bus driver. Shortly thereafter Mr. Bagwell, a fledgling filmmaker, was hired by public television to work on a piece about a South Boston protester who had changed her mind and was advocating peace...

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