“BELLA!” SELECTED AS WINNER OF THE KEN BURNS PRIZEWASHINGTON, DC – October 18, 2022 Re-Emerging Films is proud to announce that its latest documentary feature film, “Bella!” has been selected as one of two winners of The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film. The honor is accompanied by a $200,000 finishing grant designed to help filmmakers with films nearing completion. The winners were announced tonight at a ceremony at The Library of Congress.
It is one of the most energetic and wonderful films.”- Ken Burns, Filmmaker
”Being recognized by Ken Burns is an incredible honor. I’ve long admired his work and count him among the artists who have shaped my filmmaking. He’s as inspiring to me as Congresswoman Bella Abzug, whose trailblazing fights for social justice are a crucial and under-told part of our history. With this grant, we are one step closer to completing the film - ensuring Bella’s vision for equality and democracy are not forsaken.”- Jeff L. Lieberman, Director “Bella!”
New DiscoveriesThrough over 40 interviews with Bella’s family, colleagues, adversaries and admirers, and using never-before-seen archival footage, the filmmakers bring audiences into Bella’s vibrant world. Viewers will be introduced to new details surrounding Bella’s behind-the-scenes role in the defunding of the Vietnam War - ultimately leading to its end. In addition, Bella’s early courting of the “gay vote” (now more commonly known as the LGBTQ vote) in 1970 led to her co-sponsor of the first LGBTQ Rights Bill, a strategic amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As Barbra Streisand states in the film: “Bella was way ahead of the curve and the rest of the world had to catch up.” The film features Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Lily Tomlin, Maxine Waters, Phil Donahue, Marlo Thomas, Charles Rangel and Gloria Steinem. It is written, directed and produced by Jeff L. Lieberman and produced by Jamila C. Fairley, Tamar Kaissar and Amy Wilensky. Bella! is a production of Harlem-based Re-Emerging Films and is available for distribution in all territories. The film is 99 Minutes. Photos 1, 2, 4 Courtesy of Katie Dance Photos 5, 6, 8, 10 Courtesy of Ann-Marie VanTassell Photos 3, 7, 9 Courtesy of Re-Emerging Films