Documentary Filmmaker Yoruba Richen Wins $50,000 Guggenheim Fellowship
Filmmaker Yoruba Richen, who teaches Video Documentary and International Reporting at the CUNY J-School, has been named a 2012 Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
One of 180 artists, scholars, and scientists to be granted a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship this year, Richen will receive an award of $50,000. She said she would use the money to complete her documentary “The New Black,” which examines homophobia in the black church.
“The New Black,” according to Richen, “uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements.” It is being co-produced by PBS and will be released next year.
Richen has also received support from Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca All Access, Frameline, Jerome Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Robert Giard Foundation, and the CUNY Diversity Fund.