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MUSIC IS MY LIFE, POLITICS MY MISTRESS: THE STORY OF OSCAR BROWN JR. \ 110 mins \ USA

Oscar Brown Jr. amassed quite an impressive career in which he was by turns poet, playwright, singer, jazz musician, TV presenter, radio host and political activist throughout his remarkable life. But by the time he died in 2005, at 78, he was broke and forgotten. With a mix of archival footage, music, interviews and animation, Donnie L. Betts' labor-of-love documentary portrays Brown as a lyrical genius whose work never received its due because of his outspoken Black Power politics.

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Black Excellence Award - Black Harvest Film Festival; Best Documentary - St. Louis International Film Festival; Best Documentary - Denver Pan African Film Festival; Audience Award Best Documentary - Palm Beach International Film Festival; Circle Audience Choice Award Best Documentary - FILMFEST DC; Impact of Music Award Honorable Mention - Nashville Film Festival; Special Jury Award Most Culturally Significant Documentary - Sidewalk Moving Picture Film Festival; SXSW Film Festival; Kansas City Film Festival; Harlem Film Festival; Atlanta Film Festival; Maryland Film Festival; deadCENTER Film Festival; Africa in the Picture Amsterdam; Boston International Film Festival; DETROIT DOCS; ZIFF Festival; Mill Valley Film Festival; Ashville Film Festival; Starz-Denver International Film Festival 

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donnie l. betts

donnie l. betts is an accomplished actor, producer, director, filmmaker, storyteller and teacher. The former actor began his career in radio after attending Fresno State in California. He studied at the Yale School of Drama. For Homefolks Creativeworks, Inc., he produced, directed and acted in the documentary film Dearfield: The Road Less Traveled. The documentary was featured in 8 film festivals, including FESPACO in Burkina Faso, Africa and aired on PBS. It won several film festival awards. betts is a two-time Emmy nominee, including a 2003 nomination for Best PSA Campaign and a 2005 winner for My Voice. He has received the Golden Plaque Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. betts has been a part of the production teams for Carol & Co. (Disney); Dream On (pilot for HBO); In Living Color (Fox), and he was the producer of note for the launch of BET Movies, now known as Black Starz. Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr. is the winner of 11 film festival awards and was accepted in 30 film festivals worldwide and it aired on PBS.

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