Remembering Thelma

A film by Kathe Sandler

1981 | 15 minutes | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99340


Guggenheim Award-winning filmmaker Kathe Sandler provides viewers with a lively profile of dance instructor and performer Thelma Hill. The film contains rare footage of original Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the New York Negro Ballet of the 1950s.


  • New York Film Festival
  • Maysles Cinema


Kathe Sandler

Kathe Sandler is a Guggenheim Award-winning independent filmmaker best known for her one-hour documentary film, A QUESTION OF COLOR (1993), which explores color consciousness and internalized racism in the African American community and was the first Independent Television Service Program to receive a national airdate over PBS in 1994. The film was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Prized Pieces Awards from the National Black Programming Consortium. Sandler has also been recognized for her work on the 1996 film THE FRIENDS, which won First Prize in the Cross Cultural Category from the Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame. REMEMBERING THELMA (1982), Sandler’s first independent documentary, screened at the NY Film Festival and received the Best Biography of a Dance Artist Award from the NY Dance Film and Video Festival. She also completed a documentary for the Vera Institute of Justice entitled FINDING A WAY: NEW INITIATIVES IN JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN. Sandler is currently at work on the completion of a one-hour documentary, When and Where We Enter: Stories of Black Feminism, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University/New Brunswick. (10/09)


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