Thomas Allen Harris – Project Director
For the past 15 years, award-winning documentary filmmaker and artist, Thomas Allen Harris has been mining his family archive to create compelling narratives that engage, entertain and illuminate the intersections of personal family history with the historical sweep of our culture and times. History, according to Harris, is the collection of our individual stories into the meta-narrative. “Why leave your photographs stored in boxes when you can use them to educate and empower new generations about Who we are and Where we come from?”
Harlem Stage will host Harris’ latest creation, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion – a new participatory multimedia initiative where audiences bring history to life through their photographic images and stories. Bring your photo albums, pictures and mementos to Harlem Stage on February 22nd through 25th and share your family stories as part of the DDFR ROADSHOW. Then join us for a special Live Event at Harlem Stage on Sunday, February 27th to celebrate Harlem’s Hidden History…YOURS!
This is a completely unique and innovative project, which engages communities in a very intimate way while connecting to a larger context of social engagement, legacy, history through the lens of the personal. As far as we know, no one else has or is doing anything like this. Harris’ relationship with Harlem Stage spans over a few years. In 2002, his film That’s My Face was presented on the Harlem Stage on Screen series and he has moderated several discussions with filmmakers from the Black Documentary Collective and NewFest.