St. Claire Bourne, RIP

One of the great underrated contributors to documentary cinema, St. Claire Bourne (blog), has passed away. As I mentioned in the comments to Agnes’s post, I knew Bourne originally from his outstanding documentary on the making of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. While most making-of docs are often treated as supplements to the original film, Bourne’s treatment of DTRT also serves as a larger meditation on the process of making independent movies, as well as reflecting on the evolution of Brooklyn and the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood where Lee filmed.

Agnes’s post also points to this interesting video profile of Bourne from 2006 available on the New York Times website. Like Agnes, I’m not sure that Bourne has received the attention during his lifetime that he deserved, and I know that his voice will be missed in the documentary community.

Update: The cinetrix also has a nice tribute.

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