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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Muta Ali grandson of Actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 9th annual African American Film Festival in Southampton, NY
Southampton African American Museum showcased "Raise Your Voice", the Ninth Annual African-American Film Festival for four days from October 2nd to the 5th. The celebration of the artistry of African-American filmmakers, actors, personalities, musicians and performers featured a powerful line-up of critically acclaimed, thought- provoking feature films, documentaries, shorts, jazz and spoken words.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Filmmaker Muta Ali, the grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. We discussed his purpose for producing and directing the film.
"Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee" featuring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover was written and directed by Dee and Davis' grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad. The film is an open-letter style documentary in which America's First African American Couple of Stage, TV and Film Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis' rich lives guide their grandson on his personal quest to master lasting love, conscious art, and undying activism.
With over nine years of experience in entertainment news production for the web and television, Muta’Ali has produced over 125 entertainment news segments featuring recording artists, actors, and executives.
Additionally, Muta’Ali has produced seven feature-length documentaries for recording artists under record labels including Def Jam Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Atlantic Records.
Rounding out his range of production experience, Muta’Ali has produced three diverse, pop-culture-focused web series. He has also produced scripted and/or reality-based productions for clients including The Monique Show, Ebony/Jet Magazine, and Delta Community Credit Union.
For more information please visit http://www.mutaali.com
The 9th Annual African American Film Festival was made possible in part by Suffolk County Motion Picture/Television Film Commission, Suffolk County Community Development, Town of Southampton, and the Village of Southampton.
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