Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages
Directors: Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon
Producer: Susan Seizer
Editor: Hillary Demmon
Camera: Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon
Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages is a documentary/ethnography that follows three “road comics,” performers who drive from gig to gig at clubs predominantly in the Midwest or the South. In contrast to performing on the coasts, these comics have ample time to spend with their audiences. In New York or Los Angeles, they might get 15 minutes on stage. In Bloomington, IN, they get an hour.
These are not the kind of TV-ready comedians you may be used to seeing. Stewart Huff, Kristin Key, and Tim Northern tell their stories about life on the road, how their careers developed, and how they view their work, interwoven with footage from their performances and commentary from bookers and club owners on the circuit.
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity
Director/Producer/Editor: Robert Clift
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity explores tensions surrounding white participation in hip-hop. Popularly referred to by derogatory terms such as “wannabe” or “wigger,” the figure of the white person who identifies with hip-hop often invokes heated responses. For some, it is an example of cultural progress – a movement toward a color-blind America. For others, it is just another case of cultural theft and mockery – a repetition of a racist past.
Blacking Up is a co-production of Limbic Productions, Inc. and WTIU, produced in association with ITVS, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The film is distributed by NETA for public broadcast, and California Newsreel for DVD and educational streaming.
Post-production Supervisor, Additional Editing and Writing, National Publicist: Hillary Demmon