Thursday, 28 August 2014


A seminal figure in African-American film and a pioneer in documentary filmmaking, William Greaves has died, aged 87. He passed on Monday, the 25th of August 2014, at his Manhattan home. A contemporary of actors such as Marlon Brando and Shelley Winters at The Actor's Studio, he first became known publicly for producing the controversial TV show Black Journal in 1969, for which he won an Emmy. His career in cinema included the landmark experimental features Symbiopsychotaxiplasm in 1968, and its long-awaited sequel Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 in 2005. He is survived by his wife, fellow film director Louise Archambault, and their three children, David, Taiyi and Maiya.