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February 12, 2005

Filmmaker digs for the emotion of history

The State (SC):

The temperature hovered at 8 degrees outside the Brooklyn brownstone offices of filmmaker Stanley Nelson, but inside, he felt the heat. Nelson had only a few days left to put the finishing touches on his latest documentary, “Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice,” before its premiere this past weekend at the Miami International Film Festival. The film and filmmaker are due in Columbia next week for the Nickelodeon’s 4th Annual African-American International Film Festival, which starts tonight .

“Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice” is the latest documentary from the acclaimed filmmaker, who has won an Emmy Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a “genius grant.” “We’re just doing some sound remixing. There’s lots of music, including from two different concerts,” Nelson said of his documentary, about the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock.

When Nelson, who also teaches film production classes at Brooklyn College, saw the all-female group perform, he experienced not only joyful singing but also heard history in their voices. And history told with emotional resonance is what stokes Nelson’s creative fire.

Posted by acapnews at February 12, 2005 12:40 AM