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Written by 08 Jun,2017

Three rousing and sensational feature length award-winning documentaries and a short documentary film will be screened. The Sundance Film Festival Winner WHOSE STREETS? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, CHASING TRANE, the definitive documentary film about musician John Coltrane, BY BLOOD which chronicles American Indians of African descent as they battle to regain their tribal citizenship and BULLDOGGING: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COWBOY PROJECT, a short film exploring the contributions of black cowboys to Western culture rounds out the day. 






The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWEST) will host its 11th annual "Day of Black Docs" on Saturday, June 24th, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the American Film Institute (AFI) Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking in the AFI lot. Tickets for the all-day event are $20 and advance purchase is highly recommended at


Day of Black Docs is co-sponsored by the International Documentary Association (IDA), California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and Momentous Insurance Brokerage.



Nana Gyamfi

Moderating the post-screening panel discussion will be Nana Gyamfi,

 human and civil rights attorney, an adjunct professor in the Pan African Studies Department at the California State University Los Angeles, the host of  "Uprising: The Asafo Edition" on Pacifica Radio's  90.7FM KPFK and "Conversations on the Way" on Inner Light Radio, and an organizer and activist associated with various local, national, and international causes.


As a Movement attorney, Nana addresses the social justice challenges of Black and other marginalized communities of color through legal advocacy, organizing, and involvement in community causes and activism. Nana is a co-founder of Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives, a Black-led network of attorneys and non-attorneys fighting on the legal frontlines in support of the Movement for Black Lives. She also heads the Community Legal Clinic & Restorative Justice Center (CLCRJC) where she provides legal representation, advocacy, alternate dispute resolution, and "legal-ease" workshops regarding constitutional and human rights. Nana is a well-respected and well-loved adjunct professor in the Pan African Studies Department at California State University Los Angeles. She teaches a wide range of courses, including "Race, Activism and Emotion", as well as classes in African history and the African Diaspora.

The daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, Nana brings an internationalist Pan African revolutionary perspective to her analysis of current news and events on "Uprising: The Asafo Edition" on 90.7 FM Los Angeles. One of less than a handful of Black women on talk radio during Los Angeles' drive-time hours, Nana prioritizes the voices of Black/Afrodescendent women and LGBTQAI guests too often excluded from the airwaves. Nana is a frequent radio show and television news guest, and is featured in theatrically-acclaimed HBO film, "The Grim Sleeper".  Attorney Gyamfi received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law.




Elizabeth Gray Bayne

Elizabeth Gray Bayne (Producer/Director)

Elizabeth Bayne is an award-winning producer, director and public health communications strategist. Elizabeth is committed to using film to promote health and social issues in underserved populations. She is currently producing Chocolate Milk her first feature documentary.



Marcos Barbery

Marcos Barbery (Director/Producer/Correspondent)

Marcos is a filmmaker and journalist, and founder of THREADPICTURES.COM. The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute has supported Barbery's reporting.  His writing has been featured by Long Reads, and appeared in Salon, The Huffington Post, and This Land Press.  In 2011, while making short films for THREAD, Barbery stumbled across the Freedmen story while on a shoot in Tahlequah, Oklahoma - capital of the Cherokee Nation.  This sparked a four year journey toward the making of By Blood, his first feature length film.  He is at work on two new films To Be and the Mitigators: A War Between Stories.


Sam Russell

Sam Russell (Director/Director of Photography)

Sam is a filmmaker and cinematographer who began his career shooting films for PBS and its flagship public-interest program FRONTLINE.  More recently her served as director of photography on the ten-hour series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. In the past year he has been working on several others, including Makers: Women In America, The Italian Americans, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies for Ken Burns, Many River to Cross: The African Americans, Years of Living Dangerously for Showtime, and the feature documentary Far From The Tree with Participant Media.  By Blood is Sam's directorial debut.



Sabaah Folaya and Damon Davis

Sabaah Folayan, Writer/Director, Producer

Sabaah Folayan is an activist and storyteller born and raised in South Central LA. As an advocate at Rikers Island, Folayan interviewed incarcerated people about their experiences with trauma. She later helped organize The Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York history, in response to the non-indictment of the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death. Folayan entered the world of storytelling through theater, attending the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film as a teenager, and performing as a member of the Black Theater Ensemble while a pre-med student at Columbia University. In September 2014, she went to Ferguson with cinematographer Lucas Alvarado-Farrar to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Hearing the stories from the community inspired her to embark on her directorial debut Whose Streets? landing her a coveted spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film” along with Co-Director Damon Davis. Folayan recently directed an episode of Glamour Magazine + The Girl Project’s Get Schooled web series presented by Maybelline. She is a 2015 Firelight Media Producers Lab Fellow, 2016 Chicken & Egg Accelerator Lab Fellow, and 2016 Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow.


Damon Davis (Co-Director, Producer) is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. His scope includes illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art. Davis has work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn and the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art. Acclaimed cultural critic and scholar Jeff Chang licensed Davis’ piece, All Hands on Deck, as the cover art for Chang’s 2016 book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. For his work as the founder of independent music and art imprint, Far Fetched, Davis received The Riverfront Times Master Mind Award (2013), St. Louis Soup Across the Delmar Divide Award (2013), and Best Hip Hop Producer SLUMfest Award (2014). He is also a Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Fellow (2012) and was named to Alive Magazine's Buzz List (2013). The documentary short A Story To Tell (2013), which profiled Davis, his work, and the creative process, won an Emmy Award Mid America for Best Short Form Program. Whose Streets? is Davis’ first foray into feature-length documentary; Filmmaker Magazine selected him and Director Sabaah Folayan for their “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016.” Davis is a 2015 Firelight Media Producers Lab Fellow and a 2016 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow at Skywalker Sound.



John Scheinfeld and Cornell West

Writer/Director John Scheinfeld with Cornell West

From pop culture to politics, sports to world religion, Venice and Toronto film festivals to PBS, Emmy, Grammy and Writers Guild Award nominee, John Scheinfeld is a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker with a broad range of subjects and productions to his credits. Scheinfeld recently completed production on Chasing Trane, the first authorized feature documentary about the legendary John Coltrane. Set for worldwide release in 2017, the film was an official selection of the 2016 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, DOC NYC – America’s largest Documentary Festival and IDFA – International Film Festival Amsterdam. Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee and Telly Award-winner John Scheinfeld is a highly respected writer-director-producer of documentaries for theatrical and television distribution with a broad range of subjects and critically-acclaimed films to his credit including The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Who Is Harry Nilsson and (Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, We Believe, and Dick Cavett’s Watergate. In addition, Scheinfeld has also created and written pilot scripts for drama series for ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his MFA from Northwestern University.

Dave Harding (Producer)

Dave Harding is an award-winning film and television producer and production executive associated with the Academy Award nominated Encounters At The End of the World . He is also known for his work The Grizzly Man, The U.S. vs John Lennon, Leonard Cohen-I’m Your Man, Cave of Forgotten Deams and many most recently, I Hope You Dance. Honored with three Emmy Nominations for his work in television, and one Emmy win for Wage Slaves-Not Getting By in America, Harding has produced or supervised more than 1000 hours of documentary and non-fiction television while the Exec VP of powerhouse of Creative Differences.


All day admission (12 noon until 5 p.m.) to the 11th Annual Day of Black Docs screening is $20.00. Tickets are available online at, as well as at AFI on the day of the event.  Refreshments available for purchase.



12:00 PM
- Bulldogging: An African-American Cowboy Project (short)
- By Blood
- Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
- Q&A 

- Whose Streets?
- Q&A


Day of Black Docs is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE Program. The Pasadena Arts Council is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Day of Black are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.