Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023

S. Pearl Sharp

Pearl Sharp has focused on cultural arts, Black Diaspora history and wellness, working in radio, theatre, music, literature and in film on both sides of the camera.  Her documentaries include The Healing Passage/Voices From The Water which aired on The Documentary Channel, Life Is A Saxophone on poet-griot Kamau Daáood and a dozen cultural arts docs for the City of Los Angeles’ Channel 35, including Central Avenue Live!  Her semi-animated short Picking Tribes is archived in the Women MakeMovies collection of the Academy (AMPAS).

The author of six collections of poetry, she put poetry on film in Back Inside Herself, Channeled, and her most recent short poetry video Blood Bank. Print publications include Black Women For Beginners and her commentaries broadcast on NPR are collected in The Evening News. As an activist, she published the 1980 Directory of Black Film-TV Artists and Technicians, West Coast to push Hollywood to employ more Blacks on crews, was a co-founder of the Black Anti-Defamation Coalition {“the BAD C”} and is a founding member of the doc filmmakers group BADWest. One of her joys is mentoring new documentary filmmakers.

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