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DEARFIELD: The Road Less Traveled

  PRICE: $29.95 (US)
  DESCRIPTION: Stories of African Americans who migrated from the South to the West to find all-African American towns, one in particular, Dearfield, Colorado.
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In the early part of the 20th century, African Americans began a mass migration from the South. The stories of those who went to the Northern cities are well documented. Much less is known about the thousands who went West to take the road less traveled and found dozens of all-African American towns. Dearfield, Colorado, 85 miles northeast of Denver, was one of those towns.

Directed and co-produced by donnie l. betts, written by Reynelda Ware Muse, and narrated by John Amos. The story of Dearfield is told through the words of founder O.T. Jackson, descendatns of original settlers, historical photographs, and re-enactments. Its blues score was created by "Mississippi" Charles Bevel, Carlton Bacon, Dan Wheetman, and Lita Gaithers. Dearfield also contains the Dianne Reeves original song "Old Souls."

Dearfield won several film awards, including Black Film Works (Oakland) and the National Black Programming Consortium. It also was nominated for a regional Emmy and was screened at film festivals in Denver, Taos, New Orleans, and FESPACO in BURKINA FASO, West Africa.

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