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William Greaves

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B: October 8, 1926 in New York, New York
D: August 25, 2014 in New York, New York

The Harlem-born William Greaves was Canada’s first black filmmaker. In 1948, he joined the fabled Actor’s Studio and studied alongside the likes of Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn and Shelley Winters. He pursued an acting career on the New York stage, but unsatisfied with the parts he was being offered in button-down McCarthy-era racist America, he relocated to Montreal in 1952. There he joined the National Film Board of Canada, and for the next decade or so sharpened his skills as a filmmaker. These are his credits as a director.

Also see: William Greaves’ biography.
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Features & TV Movies:
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Putting it Straight (1957, short)
Smoke and Weather (1958, short)
Emergency Ward (1959, short)

Four Relegions (1960, documentary)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968, documentary)
Still a Brother (1968)

The Voice of La Raza (1972, documentary)
The Fighters (1974, documentary)
From These Roots (1974, documentary)

The Deep North (TV-1990)
That’s Black Entertainment (1990)

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (2001, documentary)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 (2005, documentary)