Alonzo Speight

Alonzo Rico Speight is an independent producer, director, writer of film and theatre, as well as a film and video editor and educator. His filmography includes Who’s Gonna Take The Weight?, Deft Changes, New Generation, Choices, Defiant, and The People United. Currently, Speight is producing a feature documentary on Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, philosopher, and revolutionary thinker.

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Deft Changes: An Improvised Experience
Alonzo Speight
1991, 10 min., Color, US
Through short improvised sketches, this video explores the generational conflicts between a father and son who are each musicians. It features performances by guitarist Mark Whittfield, and the late master drummer, Frederick Waits....

Military Option
Al Santana & Alonzo Speight
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 11 min., Color, US
Women, money and travel. It's still the hook that military recruiters are using on young men, as two students discover at a Queens recruitment office. A look at the military recruitment process through a mixture of performance and the experiences of two young men of color....

The People United
Alonzo Speight
1985, 60 min., Color, US
Boston, 1978: It was an intense period of racial conflict over school bussing and escalating incidents of police brutality in the predominantly Black section of Roxbury. In the wake of growing racial tension and violence, 12 black women were brutally and mysteriously murdered within an 18-month peri...

Salt Peanuts
Alonzo Speight & Simin Farkondeh
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 6 min., Color, US
An ironic and engaging short on how worries of an impending economic downturn following the events of September 11th have caused corporations to cut their budgets. A Video blending documentary with narrative, the true priorities of the industry of “friendly skies” are brought into the open....


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