EPISODE 1: EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER
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"Can You Hear Me?" Original 16mm Color Film, 1974 by the late Allen Willis, aka The Dean of African American Bay Area Filmmakers. Copyright East Bay Media Center.
The film won a Bay Area Emmy, an Edinburgh Film Festival Major Award, and a Berkeley Video & Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, as it features poetry of African American teen poets from the Bay Area.
A superb representation of the first cine-poems and rappers are captured on film.
The 16mm film was recently digitally re-mastered and is available on Blu Ray and DVD from East Bay Media Center in Berkeley's Downtown Arts District.