Artist Development

A New Color

Description

Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, Edythe Boone embodied that truth as an artist, an educator, and a great-grandmother. When a deeply personal tragedy ignites a national outcry, everything that Edy has worked so tirelessly for comes into question. From humble Harlem beginnings herself, the indefatigable "Edy" has for decades introduced underserved youth and seniors to the transformative power of art. Having helped her students use mural making to grapple with the disproportional shootings of young black men, the issue hits home when her nephew Eric Garner dies in police custody.

The tragedy evokes the powerful and deep questions that many artists and activists face: has her nearly eight decades of social justice work meant something? Has it been worth the sacrifice? Can building multicultural bridges through art bring about positive change? Who will carry on her civil rights legacy?

Edy's reaction shows the depth of her clear-eyed, compassionate commitment to building a just and peaceful community. A New Color illuminates the social issues of our time and shows how the work of one woman reverberates throughout a community to inspire a powerful chorus: "Our lives matter and we will not be disempowered by those who judge us for our age, gender, or the color of their skin." A portrait of somebody extraordinary-yet at the same time, America's everywoman. Edythe Boone's story ultimately shows not what it is to be Black or to lose a loved one, but what it is to be human.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Marlene "Mo" Morris, Producer/Director, calls Berkeley, CA home and has been producing and editing videos for non-profit and educational organizations for over seven years on topics as wide-ranging as ecology, domestic abuse survivors, Jewish choral music, and restorative justice. She has been associate producer and editor on film projects with internationally acclaimed Bay Area filmmakers Jed Riffe, Maureen Gosling, and Abby Ginzberg and an associate producer at Berkeley's Center for Digital Storytelling. Years of social justice activism and professional experience as a mediator and immigration attorney enrich Mo's approach to documentary filmmaking - perceptive, beautifully crafted, and deeply personal. A New Color is Mo's first feature film.

Jeff Riffe

Jed Riffe, Executive Producer, is an award-winning independent filmmaker and new media producer. Best known for his national Emmy nominated documentary Ishi, the Last Yahi (1992, Director/Producer, narrated by Linda Hunt, winner of eight major Best Documentary awards and broadcast on PBS' The American Experience), California and the American Dream (2006, Producer), a highly acclaimed, four-part nationally broadcast PBS Series and Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine and the Law (2006, Director/Producer, three Best Documentary awards and a CINE Golden Eagle). Riffe is both a 2009 Sundance Fellow/Alumni and a 2001 Gerbode Fellow.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2015
  • Running time: 57
  • Director(s): Marlene "Mo" Morris
  • Producer(s): Marlene "Mo" Morris
  • Cinematographer(s): Peggy Peralta
  • Editor(s): Maureen Gosling
  • With: Edythe Boone
  • Website: http://www.anewcolordocumentary.com

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