Henry Hampton Film Series

Henry Hampton film series - 2018

To be announced. Please check this space for updates.

A list of previous screenings can be found below along with photos and taped Q&A discussions available via our YouTube channel.

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Filmmaker, Henry Hampton and Marian Wright Edelman during the production of "Eyes on the Prize II"

Filmmaker, Henry Hampton and Marian Wright Edelman during the production of "Eyes on the Prize II"

The Henry Hampton Film Series premiered in 2014 and seeks to share documentary films made by minority filmmakers or that depict the stories of often underrepresented groups with a focus on the African American experience. The Henry Hampton Film Series is a great opportunity for audiences to see first-run documentaries before their general release and to meet and talk to visiting filmmakers. The Henry Hampton Film Series is a co-presentation of the Washington University Libraries, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum.

Henry Hampton (1940-98) was a St. Louis native and 1961 graduate of Washington University. In 1968, he established his Boston-based company Blackside, Inc., that quickly became the largest African-American-owned film production company of its time. Hampton's works chronicle the 20th century's great political and social movements, focusing on the lives of the poor and disenfranchised.

The Henry Hampton Collection is housed at Washington University Film & Media Archive. The 35,000-plus items in the Henry Hampton Collection include film and videotape (570 hours of original footage and 730 hours of stock footage), photographs, scripts, storyboards, producers' notes, interviews, music, narration, posters, study guides, books and other materials.


Previous screenings in the Henry Hampton Film Series:

  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - Q&A with co-director Rita Coburn Whack, interviewee Alice Windom, and Poet Laureate of East St. Louis Eugene Redmond
  • Paris Is Burning Q&A featuring Steve Brawley of the St. Louis LGBT History Project and performers Leon Braxton (aka Dieta Pepsi) and Maxi Glamour.
  • Agents of Change - Q&A with co-directors Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson