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The glorious legend of Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana- a so-called "Jig Show" that endures racism, segregation and immigration laws to become popular in the 1940s through the 1960s, and the brave African-American showman who left an extraordinary entertainment legacy despite the insurmountable odds against him and his dreams.

Crew

Director / Producer / Editor: LESLIE CUNNINGHAM is Durham, NC-based artist, filmmaker and owner of TRIBES Entertainment, a boutique digital media company known for telling unique stories about unknown pioneers shaping urban music, arts and culture. A graduate of the documentary arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Leslie’s collection of engaging films and videos have screened on public television, online and at film festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Her first feature film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl was selected for The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Atlanta’s Out On Film and Massimadi, the LGBT Film Festival of Africa and its Diasporas. Read more


Director of Photography:
ALEX GAZIO has more than 17 years of experience in television production and nearly a decade of HD shooting experience. He has traveled the world capturing impressive footage for corporate and broadcast clients and his documentary experience allows Alex to treat projects with an unsurpassed attention to detail. He’s won 13 Emmy Awards and several regional awards and has traveled the world shooting video for the syndicated program “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.” Director of Photography for the PBS documentary “Untamed Legacy,” Alex’s soulful depictions of horse, human and heart were breathtaking and earned him the Emmy for Best Photography. Read more.

Associate Producer: ALANA JONES 
Executive Producer: JEREMY JOHNSON & ROYAL AMERICAN SHOWS
Consultants: JOHN CUNNINGHAM, TOM SCHLESINGER, YVONNE WELBON
Production Assistant: TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM
Photographer KELLY CREEDON, TRACI CUNNINGHAM  
Visual Artist: DERRICK BRYANT 
Original Music: GORDON TITTSWORTH 
Music by: MONICA DAYE; B-SWISS, MR. ROZZI, MAMMADOU BALDE