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“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice Director Deborah Riley Draper Named to Variety’s Top 10 Documentary Makers to Watch List!”

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We have been watching this film since it began crowdfunding in 2015. Impressed with its marketing plan we donated to the project via the Seed and Spark filmmakers funding platform. It was listed Olympic Pridewhen Boston was considering hosting Olympics 2024. August 13, 2016, the film was booked at the Martha’s Vineyard African American film festival – all 80 minutes of it.

and reviewers weighed in with this

August 5, 2016 –

The country’s top movie critics have reviewed Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, and have given the film the thumbs up! Critics have this to say about the documentary: “Deft and comprehensive,” (NY Times), “…adept at getting to the truth…” (LA Times), “Draper’s thorough research process yields fascinating details…” (Hollywood Reporter). Click on the links to read the full reviews, including those of, the Village Voice and Rotten Tomatoes, who gives Olympic Pride an unprecedented 100% fresh rating! The film is in theaters now and runs through August 11 at New York Cinema Village and Los Angeles Laemmle Monica Film Center (click here for showtimes and tickets). The film will open in 10 additional cities in September.


April 12, 2016 – Variety Magazine’s most recent issue features Atlanta filmmaker, writer and director Deborah Riley Draper. (copyright Variety magazine) Story below pic,

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Atlanta’s Deborah Riley Draper, filmmaker, writer and director of the highly anticipated documentary “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice,” has been named to Variety Magazine’s “10 Documakers to Watch” list. In telling the fascinating stories of 18 African American Olympians from the 1936 Games in Berlin, Draper aims to inspire, not condemn.

She states, “sports can transcend issues,” in the case of a 94-year-old former Hitler Youth whom she interviewed for the doc. “He said that he had to catch himself many times cheering for the black athletes, they were so good. He secretly got their autographs. A fanboy is a fanboy, and when you look at the footage (of the Games), there are German officers cheering for the black athletes.

Draper, a former ad exec whose 2012 documentary “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution” explored the fashion show that exploded that industry, is feverishly editing the film, aiming for a summer release. “America didn’t recognize them. But their communities knew what they did — and their Olympic success helped begin to solve bigger issues and gave hope to their communities.”

As we strive to make films that tell the full range of African-American stories – past, present and future – remember that it takes a village, so please continue your support of Olympic Pride, American Prejudice by making a contribution via our fiscal sponsor, the Southern Documentary Fund.


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