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JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana

Harlem in Havana, Leon Claxton, Black entertainment, Cuban entertainment, Leslie Cunningham

Overview

Genre
History, Culture, and Minorities
Synopsis

JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana
A documentary film by Leslie Cunningham

Synopsis:

Step right up, folks! The last remaining great troupers are finally telling their stories about one of America's most successful traveling shows. JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana is a compelling hour-long documentary film narrated by filmmaker Leslie Cunningham who takes viewers on a tour of her family’s popular Black and Cuban stage show that broke carnival records across the U.S. and Western Canada, birthed music icons Rufus Thomas, Fontella Bass and Mercedes Valdés, and significantly impacted Black and Latin entertainment during Jim Crow. Also unearthed is the life and lore of her grandfather Leon Claxton, a brave African-American showman who left an extraordinary legacy despite the insurmountable odds against him and his dreams. Read more at jigshow.com.

Stage
in post-production
Running time
60 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
TRIBES Entertainment
Years of Production
5
Locations
Tampa, Florida; Knoxville, Tennessee; Durham, North Carolina; San Diego, CA

Distribution Details

Release year
2020
Festivals
Seeking U.S. and international festivals
Distribution
Seeking educational and international distribution partners
Language
English and Spanish
Subtitles
Yes

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