The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College is hailing Yoruba Richen, the Newmark J-School’s documentary program director, as a trailblazer in chronicling the experiences of Black and LGBTQ+ communities and individuals in film.
Recognition of Richen’s achievements comes alongside the release of the Archive’s 2022 calendar, Grit and Glamour: LGBTQ+ Films Set in New York City.
The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives collects and preserves materials illuminating the social and political history of New York City. This calendar marks the fourth consecutive year the Archives has featured the LGBTQ+ community. The previous three calendars have focused on the history of LGBTQ life in the city arts, performing arts, and visual arts.
“In films including The New Black (2013), The Green Book: Guide to Freedom (2019), and How It Feels to Be Free (2021), Richen offers incisive and compelling accounts of racism, civil rights, and homophobia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,” said Richard Lieberman, director of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives. “Boldly exploring the intersections of race, feminism, and LGBTQ+ activism, Richen is among the most important filmmakers working today.”
The Archives will honor Richen at an online launch party on Thursday, January 20 at 6 p.m. The event will include a short clip from The New Black with an introduction by the award-winning director.
To RSVP, go to this link and click on the green “Register” button. If you are interested in receiving a paper calendar, please enter your address on the form. Free downloads of its calendars are available on the website of the Archives.