New Colour, A: The Art of Being Edythe Boone

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Subjects: Activism, African American Studies, American Studies, Art, Artistic Technique/Process, At Risk Youth, Biographies, Child Development, Civil Rights, Teacher Education

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 57 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2016
Available in French: No

A NEW COLOUR joyfully profiles the life and work of celebrated artist Edythe Boone whose colorful murals portray some of the major events of our time and illustrate the transformative power of art.

Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, septuagenarian Boone embodied that truth as an accomplished artist and educator. From humble Harlem roots, the indefatigable Boone pursued her love of art and her dream of someday creating a new colour – “a colour that no one had ever seen before.” 

Boone moved her family to Berkeley in the 1970’s from Harlem to avoid the growing crack epidemic. In the Bay Area, she was drawn to community mural projects that channeled her artistic talent into public advocacy for racial and social justice, including the landmark MaestraPeace mural on the San Francisco Women’s Building. 

Boone has made community murals her primary vehicle for helping people of all ages and ethnicities find their artistic voice and express their hopes and visions. A NEW COLOUR highlights Boone’s work with Oakland middle school students on a mural project and with seniors at a center in Richmond.

Woven throughout the film is the personal journey that fuels Boone’s art, having lived through segregation and the Civil Rights movement, as well as the more recent tragedies of Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, and the chokehold death of her nephew Eric Garner, whose final words – “I Can’t Breathe” – ignited national outrage over racist policing.

Filmed over five years, A NEW COLOUR illuminates how the passionate, heart-felt work of one resilient woman can reverberate throughout a community and inspire both art and a more powerful chorus for justice. 
"Highly Recommended. Layered throughout A New Colour is the reality of violence, specifically police violence, hitting communities of colour. The subjects of the documentary work through their anger, sadness, and fear with artwork as tragic events unfold in their communities...Edy's patience and kindness to the aspiring artists she helps, young and old, is an example to shine a light on. The film also offers a different lens into the Black Lives Matter movement and forms of protest through artwork." - Educational Media Reviews Online
"An interesting slice-of-life portrait of an inspiring activist and educator whose medium is art, this is recommended." - Video Librarian

Closed Captioned • Scene Selection

Audience Favourite, Mill Valley Film Festival
Best Short Documentary, Peace on Earth Film Festival

Official Selection:
Pan African Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Independent Film Festival, Boston
Sarasota Film Festival
San Diego Black Film Festival
International Black Film Festival of Nashville
Bushwick Film Festival
Harlem International Film Festival
Legacy Film Festival on Aging
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Oakland International Film Festival
Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival

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