This four-part series explores the rich history of Portland's Albina neighborhood. Serving as a cultural hub of the city's African American community, Albina has been home to multiple waves of urban renewal and displacement. Each episode tackles an essential lesson from Albina's past and juxtaposes it with the present-day work of the Albina Vision Trust and its grassroots efforts to redesign, reimagine, and reconnect the community to the neighborhood.
The DA's Dilemma
Part of Independent Lens' Stories for Justice series, this short explores the challenges facing an Oregon DA as he examines his rural county's prison diversion programs and takes a deeper look at how to improve the system.
In collaboration with the City Of Portland and Multnomah County Covid-19 messaging campaign, Black Bald Films produced three videos to engage Portland's Black and Latinx communities. This PSA project's goal was to amplify BIPOC community members' pandemic experiences while encouraging participation in community safety.
Our first feature documentary, Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting On Two Fronts recounts the laudatory and complicated legacy of African American soldiers who sought a better life in the United States Army after the Civil War.
This Is Portland: Central Eastside
Take a ride through Portland’s Central Eastside, visiting spots like OMSI, Straightaway Cocktails, Away Days Brewing Co., Hawthorne Asylum, Nicholas Restaurant, Spice of Africa, Afuri, Meals for Heels, The Redd on Salmon Street, Modern Times Beer, White Owl Social Club and Hey Love.
As an African American filmmaker, founder Dru Holley seeks to highlight the stories of people who have largely been ignored or overlooked throughout history.
In 2018, Holley used his skill for assembling creative, collaborative teams to found Black Bald Films, LLC as an answer to the lack of diversity and underrepresentation he witnessed in the industry.
Black Bald Films mission is to give a voice to the stories and people who have been, if not deliberately, then traditionally, excluded.