Step Right Up, Folks! Watch the trailer for JIG SHOW!

Documentary filmmaker Leslie Cunningham is making the film that has become her life's work. Nearly ten years in creation, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana is preparing for big screens around the globe in 2020. Watch the extended trailer now! In JIG SHOW, Cunningham and a cast of colorful characters take viewers on … Continue reading Step Right Up, Folks! Watch the trailer for JIG SHOW!

Super Studs, Brownskin Showgirls and Challenging Identities- My Artist Journey

From making film to writing lyrics to painting on a blank canvas, I am at peace in the world when I am creating. A writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker, I come from a family of artists and musicians from Los Angeles, CA. As a kid, all I ever wanted to do was go to … Continue reading Super Studs, Brownskin Showgirls and Challenging Identities- My Artist Journey

JIG SHOW film work in progress screening, April 4, 7pm, Beyu

Check out photos from the wip screening at Beyu Caffe in Durham, NC: Join SDF and Beyu Caffe for a lively evening of entertainment, film clips, and conversation about Leslie Cunningham's work-in-progress, JIG SHOW: Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana! Come one, come all! Tuesday, April 4th @ 7pm. Visit here to learn more. http://beyucaffe.com/events/be-connected-the-southern-documentary-fund-presents-for-us-by-us/  

Harlem in Havana Helped Popularize Afro Cuban Music and Dance in North America

Documentary filmmaker spotlights Cuban Dancers who brought Rumba, Batá Drums, Lucumi Rituals and Santeria songs to U.S. and Canadian Audiences before the Revolution PRLog -- From the secular to the spiritual, Afro Cuban music and dance were rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S. by the mid-20th century. With the 1959 Cuban Revolution led by … Continue reading Harlem in Havana Helped Popularize Afro Cuban Music and Dance in North America

Help Leslie bring Harlem in Havana to the Big Screen!

HELP FUND THE FILM NOW Dear Supporters, Family and Friends: I am excited to announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign for JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana. In partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), we are seeking $10,000 to complete production in the city of Tampa. Your contributions will be used in the following three areas: HD production crew Equipment … Continue reading Help Leslie bring Harlem in Havana to the Big Screen!

Brown-Skinned Showgirls, One Legged Tappers and a Lucumi Ritual Dance

JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s HARLEM IN HAVANA- Preserving An American Entertainment Legacy PRLog - Oct. 10, 2014 - DURHAM, N.C. -- The last remaining of the great entertainers from one of America’s most successful traveling shows are finally telling their stories in JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, the forthcoming documentary film from … Continue reading Brown-Skinned Showgirls, One Legged Tappers and a Lucumi Ritual Dance

M.I. Screens at NCCU During Gender Reel Film Festival (9.19.14)

North Carolina Central University presents a special screening of M.I., A Different Kind of Girl, a documentary film by Leslie Cunningham. Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00pm North Carolina Central University Michaux School of Education Auditorium 700 Cecil St., Durham, NC 27707 • 6:00pm - Doors open • 6:15-6:30 - Welcome from NCCU and the … Continue reading M.I. Screens at NCCU During Gender Reel Film Festival (9.19.14)