PITTSBURGH FILM KITCHEN
Film Kitchen is featuring a retrospective and conversation about
WQED's television series Black Horizons.
WQED Pittsburgh’s Black Horizons went on the air in the tumultuous year of 1968 shortly after the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and after the civil unrest at the Chicago Democratic Convention and in cities across the country.
It became the nation’s longest running television series designed to address the concerns of African American audiences. By the time it went off the air in 2010, Black Horizons had produced more than 700 episodes over its 42-year run. More than just a forum for the community, the series served as a training ground for Black talent in front of and behind the camera. Through the decades, the program featured various hosts and producers until Emmy winning journalist Chris Moore took over the program in the 1980s. He was later joined by Emmy winning producer Minette Seate before the program evolved into WQED’s Horizons in the 2000s.
WQED has reached into its archives to digitally re-master segments from select episodes of this groundbreaking program, showcasing interviews with memorable, and in some cases, iconic guests.
Chris, Minette, and WQED digital producer Willy James - who helped research the archive of Black Horizons episodes - will join us live online to talk about the series and show clips of newly re-mastered segments.
Black Horizons Footage Supplied Courtesy of WQED Multimedia
Meet the Artists
Chris Moore is a long-respected member of Pittsburgh’s media community. In 2018 he was inducted into the Silver Circle Honor Society of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has written, produced and hosted literally hundreds of talk shows, documentaries and community forums during his impressive career. Chris is one of the founders of the prestigious Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. He is also a dedicated advocate for America’s veterans, acting as a resource and representative for Vietnam veterans in our region and beyond. He is currently the host of “Pittsburgh Now” on PCNC-TV and hosts a radio talk program on KDKA Radio.
Minette Seate is WQED’s Supervising Producer. Throughout her career she has written and produced a wide range of programs and documentaries including the Emmy Award winning documentaries “The Good Fight” and “Friends and Neighbors.” Many of them, focusing on Pittsburgh’s African American community. She is also the host and producer of “Filmmakers Corner,” WQED’s independent film showcase.
Willy James is a WQED digital producer and friendly neighborhood filmmaker.
Past Black Horizons Hosts and Producers: Delphine Sessae, Ralph Proctor, Don Marbury, Rose Jewell, Jimmy Tripp, Frank Rhodes, Elaine Effort, Minette Seate
Immediately following the screening, our hosts
Matthew R. Day of Film Kitchen and Steven Haines of Jump Cut
will lead a Q&A via Zoom after the show!
Film Kitchen and Jump Cut Theater
present this online event free of charge.
The next Film Kitchen is Tuesday, May 11, 2021