Tag Archives: Maya Angelou

The Maya Angelou Documentary is coming to Sundance

Remember last month how I posted about the Kickstarter for the Maya Angelou Documentary? They did it! On December 1st the producers announced that they scored $153,346, $3,346 over their goal of $150,000.

Props to the producers, they’re not letting any grass grow under their feet. Next month Maya Angelou And Still I Rise (previously titled Maya Angelou: The People’s Poet) will debut at no less of a venue than freaking Sundance, the most prestigious indie film festival around. Dr. Angelou deserves no less!

Here is a clip form the documentary I found on the Vogue website. You might also want to jump over there and read the article. It’s from October when the Kickstarter was still going, but Vogue talked to Maya’s grandson and the producers. It’s a very good article and well worth your time.

Nicki Minaj reciting Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” is the best thing you will see all day

You might as well go to bed now, because nothing better can happen today:

Nicki performed during the Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, a benefit concert to raise money for the United Way fund and to raise awareness about racism in America, You can see the concert November 20 on A&E, and will be simulcast on AOL.

How you can help The Maya Angelou Documentary get made

Maya Angelou was a lion in the civil rights movement, a poet, author, actress, singer and editor. After a rich and full life she passed away in May of 2014. Finally she is getting her own documentary, set to air on the PBS series American Masters next year, made by her close friends Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules.

There is a catch, the film needs some funding to cross the finish line and be ready for the it’s debut. As they say on their Kickstarter page:

With a story so vast and varied, there are tremendous archival licensing rights costs for images and footage that we need to account for. In addition, we need to finish the final edits, plus mixing, and color correction.

They have set up a pretty extensive Kickstarter page, which includes a 5 minute clip from the film. They talk about their motivations for the making the film and some of the amazing artist they have collaborated with in order to get the film made.

The page is here if you want to contribute. They have raised over $31,000 towards their goal of $150,000.