“Josephine Baker: An American in Paris” wins Archive Valley Prize at #SSD17

Ilana Navaro and Kepler 22 productions take home the first annual Archive Valley Prize for their historical documentary pitch.

As this year’s edition of Sunny Side of the Doc came to a close, Archive Valley had the pleasure of presenting an award to one of the historical documentary projects pitched during the History Pitch Session.

The quality of the projects extremely high across the board, so we faced an extremely difficult choice. However, one project stuck out as we felt that not only did it approach its subject from a new angle, but the team is also undertaking extensive archive research that we felt was a great match to our community and the passion for archives we all share.

The first annual Archive Valley Prize goes to Josephine Baker: An American in Paris, directed by Ilana Navaro and produced by Juliette Cazanave and Kepler 22 Productions!

Congratulations to their whole team for the hard work they put into their pitch. Cazanave and her team will have the opportunity to consult Lewanne Jones, a top archive researcher from the Archive Valley community, whose expertise will help them unearth the most interesting material for their project.

This year’s edition of Sunny Side of the Doc went off swimmingly in sunny La Rochelle. We met a lot of amazing production companies, heard innovative projects being pitched – many of which share our passion for archives – and had an opportunity to represent some of the amazing archives in our community. we’d like to thank the entire Sunny Side team for their hard work and for the opportunity to partner for this year’s edition.

See you next year!

— The Archive Valley Team

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