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Sighted Eyes/Healing Heart

A film by Tracy Heather Strain

The Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project is an extensive transmedia storytelling initiative that examines the life, times and works of the late artist and activist Lorraine Hansberry, best known for her play A Raisin in the Sun, in order to help audiences recognize racial inequality that exists today and to encourage people to affect change, especially through art. Two key components of the project are Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, the first feature-length documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, and the project’s hub—a content-rich, interactive website.

The documentary, which will be completed by the end of 2016 and subsequently broadcast nationally on the PBS arts and biography series American Masters, will explore the ways in which Lorraine Hansberry used her art as activism, and how society both celebrated and limited her. African-American. Female. Radical. Communist. Visionary. Feminist. Activist. Lesbian. Artist. Lorraine Hansberry served as the physical embodiment of the struggles of her time until her early death at just 34 years old.

At this time, we are raising money to develop our project website. We are seeking $25,000 to begin our formal collaboration with the design team at Radish Labs, an interactive creative agency focused on people and projects changing the world. Our plan is to have visitors to soon land on a robust website, rich in features—including webisodes and other video content, formal and informal educational resources, and interactive experiences—that delves more deeply into the world and time period of Lorraine Hansberry than will be possible in our documentary or on the webpage American Masters will post to accompany our broadcast.

As of the end of 2015 our funders include: Illinois Humanities Council, The Color of Film Collaborative, Independent Television Service Diversity Development Fund, National Black Programming Consortium, LEF Foundation, California Newsreel, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Arnold Glassman Fund, Eastern Bank, New York Community Trust, The Boston Foundation Brother Thomas Fellowship, Lexis/Nexis, Ford Foundation and many generous individuals independently and through family foundations and Kickstarter.

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Producer: Tracy Heather Strain

Associated Members

Tracy Heather Strain, Director