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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Filmmaker
Documentary Filmmaker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
You Know.

Birthplace

Born:
6/2/1951
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Filmmaker
Documentary Filmmaker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
You Know.

Birthplace

Born:
6/2/1951
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Documentary filmmaker Orlando Bagwell was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Donald Bagwell, Sr. and Barbara Jones Bagwell in a family of seven. He attended Blessed Sacrament School in Baltimore. In 1969, his family moved to Nashua, New Hampshire, where he was a member of the Nashua High School football team. After graduating from high school, Bagwell pursued his B.S. degree in film at the Boston University. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1973 and furthered his education by earning his M.A. degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University in 1975.

In the early 1970s, Bagwell worked for the United South End Settlements (USES) and was active in the organization’s after school program. He later became a substitute teacher for the South Boston Public School District where he taught political science and history. Bagwell was contracted by Boston’s WGBH-TV to work as a film producer in 1975. In 1988, he served as a staff producer for the PBS weekly program Frontline. That same year, he produced a documentary on the Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.’s presidential campaign entitled Running with Jesse. In 1989, Bagwell founded the Boston based media company, Roja Productions, Inc. and produced Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad. From 1991 until 1994, Bagwell was the executive vice president for the Eyes on the Prize PBS documentary series on the Civil Rights Movement. He produced episodes of the Blackside series entitled Mississippi: Is this America? and Ain’t Scared of Your Jails for which he received the Alfred DuPont Award and the Peabody Award. In 1995, Bagwell served as the executive producer for the not-for-profit WGBH Educational Foundation, and in 1999, he produced the six hour documentary called Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery.

Bagwell became the program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Media Arts and Culture unit in 2004. He works with the unit’s director and oversees international operations to accomplish the foundation’s goals.

Orlando Bagwell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 17, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Orlando Bagwell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Orlando Bagwell remembers St. Clair Bourne
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Orlando Bagwell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Orlando Bagwell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Orlando Bagwell describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Orlando Bagwell describes his maternal great-grandmother and great-aunts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Orlando Bagwell remembers his extended family members
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Orlando Bagwell describes his community in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Orlando Bagwell talks about his parents' return to college, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Orlando Bagwell talks about his parents' return to college, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Orlando Bagwell describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Orlando Bagwell describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Orlando Bagwell remembers his daily activities in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Orlando Bagwell describes the Blessed Sacrament School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Orlando Bagwell recalls his teachers at the Blessed Sacrament School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Orlando Bagwell remembers the holidays with his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Orlando Bagwell describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Orlando Bagwell remembers his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Orlando Bagwell describes the Civil Rights Movement in Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Orlando Bagwell describes the Wilson Park neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Orlando Bagwell talks about the political climate of his neighborhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Orlando Bagwell reflects upon attitudes in the black community during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Orlando Bagwell recalls the television and radio shows of his youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Orlando Bagwell describes his involvement in neighborhood sports leagues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Orlando Bagwell recalls moving to Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Orlando Bagwell remembers Nashua High School in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Orlando Bagwell describes his decision to attend Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Orlando Bagwell remembers his high school guidance counselor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Orlando Bagwell describes his religious involvement in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Orlando Bagwell remembers Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Orlando Bagwell describes his decision to pursue a career in film
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Orlando Bagwell talks about civil rights leaders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Orlando Bagwell remembers the film program at Boston University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Orlando Bagwell describes his role at the United South End Settlements in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Orlando Bagwell recalls teaching film at the United South End Settlements
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Orlando Bagwell describes his coursework at Boston University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Orlando Bagwell recalls working with PBS and WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Orlando Bagwell describes his independent films
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Orlando Bagwell remembers pledging Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Orlando Bagwell remembers his aspiration to become a filmmaker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Orlando Bagwell reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Orlando Bagwell reflects upon his work at the Ford Foundation