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44 Blue, Viola Davis team on “Dandy Lions” docuseries

Indie prodco 44 Blue Productions is teaming with Academy Award-winner Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon’s company JuVee Productions on a docuseries that will look at the impact of ...
March 8, 2018

Indie prodco 44 Blue Productions is teaming with Academy Award-winner Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon’s company JuVee Productions on a docuseries that will look at the impact of Black Dandy fashion.

The Red Arrow Studios-owned company  acquired rights to Shantrelle P. Lewis’ book Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, which inspired the series.

The novel features a collection of photographs and stories of dandies, designers and movements worldwide. The series will look at the history of the Black Dandy fashion and style movement as well as its increased popularity in recent years, with more attention being given to the style via social media platforms such as Street Etiquette, and celebrities such as Jidenna, Amar’e Stoudemire and Janelle Monae.

The series will be set today against the backdrop of hip-hop culture and conversations around police brutality, gender and more.

“After reading Ms. Lewis’ book, and discovering its incredibly timely themes, we were inspired to bring these fascinating but little-known stories to television”, said Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, executive producer and co-founder of 44 Blue. “We could not have found better partners in Ms. Davis, her husband and business partner Julius Tennon and JuVee’s head of television Andrew Wang.”

Most recently, California-based 44 Blue produced the documentary Rock and a Hard Place, which chronicled a group of incarcerated youths who are given the opportunity to trade their prison sentence in return for completing a rigorous six-month Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program. The series was produced with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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