Short Story
-Up Cycled garment

"She Never Raised Her Voice" (excerpt)

35mm color film

There but for the Grace of God: responding to the revelation

35mm color film
35 mm film
RUN TIME: 57:47
Audio Recording

Remembering Day


Talking Pollyana 2014

Contemporary Performance

Crowdfund PSA - Clothes Together

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Music Theatre
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  • "She Never Raised Her Voice" - a short film written, directed and produced by Brenda Bell Brown - musical score by Darrell St. Blaine In response to a call to enter the 2014 MNKINO/Composer Quest challenge, the short film "She Never Raised Her Voice" was created. A daughter's quest for self-realization is guided by her knowledgeable and loving mother. It is a love-filled journey. This film is one of three exploring the development of story in relationship to Black American musical traditions of …
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  • Included in the [i]2012 Saint Paul Almanac[/i], this story pays homage to neighbor and friend Bobbie Gant and the role that Bobbie played in making Frogtown-Saint Paul a good place to live.
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