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POV Documentary ‘American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs’ Wins a Peabody Award

Grace Lee Boggs. Credit: Quyen Tran.

Grace Lee Boggs. Credit: Quyen Tran.

Congrats to filmmaker Grace Lee who has garnered a George Foster Peabody Award, for her documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which had its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s POV (Point of View) series.  American Revolutionary is one of 40 winners honored as the “best of the best” in television, radio, podcast and Web programming in 2014, chosen by the Peabody board. This marks POV’s 18th Peabody Award.

The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 and administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the oldest honor in electronic media. The 74th Annual Peabody Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 31 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, hosted by two-time Peabody Award winner Fred Armisen.

“Winning such a prestigious award means Grace Lee Boggs’ extraordinary vision and story will reach even wider audiences,” said American Revolutionary director Grace Lee. “We are so pleased to receive this honor and couldn’t have done it without the ongoing support of POV.”

About American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs:
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese-American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. The film is a co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs won these 2013 awards: Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Woodstock Film Festival; Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at Woodstock; Audience Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival; and Best Feature Award at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Grace Lee

Grace Lee

Grace Lee, Director/Producer
Grace Lee’s most recent feature film, Janeane From Des Moines, set during the 2012 presidential campaign, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, Lee wrote and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. She produced and directed The Grace Lee Project, a feature documentary that was broadcast on the Sundance Channel in 2005 and is distributed by Women Make Movies.

She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media and a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, as well as funding from the Ford Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Film Independent. Lee received her master of fine arts degree in directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Based in Los Angeles, Lee, who is Korean American, is currently producing and directing an episode for the PBS MAKERS series on women and politics, as well as Off the Menu, a film about Asian-American food culture, also for PBS.

Credits: Director: Grace Lee; Producers: Grace Lee, Caroline Libresco, Austin Wilkin; Executive Producer: Joan Huang; Cinematographer: Jerry A. Henry; Editor: Kim Roberts; Original Music: Vivek Maddala

POV series credits: Executive Producer: Simon Kilmurry; Co-Executive Producer: Cynthia López; Vice President, Programming and Production: Chris White; Associate Producer: Nicole Tsien; Coordinating Producer: Nikki Heyman.

About POV
Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 28th season on PBS in June 2015, the award-winning POV (Point of View) is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers. POV has brought more than 380 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award, including 33 Emmys, 18 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today’s most pressing social issues. Visit www.pbs.org/pov.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ettinger Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

Lia Chang and Grace Lee Boggs at the OCA Convention in Atlanta in 2000.

Lia Chang and Grace Lee Boggs at the OCA Convention in Atlanta in 2000.

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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