Sunday, June 5, 2016

Deborah Riley Draper, a marketing guru and award-winning filmmaker, joined me Monday 9:30am pst to talk about her film Olympic Pride American Prejudice premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival!

Photo caption: 1936 Olympians pictured l-r: James LuValle, 400m Bronze Medalist; Archie Williams, 400m Gold Medalist; John Woodruff, 800m Gold Medalist; Cornelius Johnson, High Jump Gold Medalist; Mack Robinson, 200m Silver Medalist. The photo was taken on July, 1936 on the SS Manhattan.  Photo credit: Olympic Pride, American Prejudice LLC.

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A documentary film directed by Deborah Riley Draper

Narrated by Blair Underwood

Executive produced by: Dr. Amy Tiemann, Michael A. Draper, Blair Underwood

World Premiere | 2016 LA Film Festival | Documentary Competition


MON June 6, 2016


@ Arclight Culver City

9500 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE, directed by Atlanta filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper (Variety’s “10 Documakers To Watch”) and narrated by Blair Underwood is a feature length documentary that explores the trials and triumphs of 18 African American Olympians in 1936. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism. They carried the weight of a race on their shoulders and did the unexpected with grace and dignity.


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Variety named Director Deborah Riley Draper as one of the ‘10 documakers to watch’.!3/deborah-riley-draper/

This is an Olympic year! XXXI Olympiad (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will kick off in August 2016.

The film captures profound archival footage, gathered in the US and in Europe.

Deborah Riley Draper and special guests are expected to attend the LA Film Festival.


Deborah Riley Draper is a marketing guru and award-winning filmmaker. Her debut film, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, was heralded by New York Times and Los Angeles Times film critics. The film garnered film festival selections at St. Louis International Film Festival, Denver DocNights, Elle Croatia Fashion Film Festival, Johns Hopkins Film Festival, New York Winter Film Fest, L’Oreal Australian Fashion Film Festival and won CNN Outstanding Documentary at Martha’s Vineyards African American Film Festival and Best Documentary at the African American Film Critics Association Awards. The film also appeared by invitation at New York Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week, Saudi Design Week and Holon Fashion Week in Israel. The film is distributed by Cinetic/Filmbuff and enjoyed a successful premiere on Viacom’s Logo TV channel in September 2015. Director/Producer Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up and upcoming The Girl on The Train) optioned Versailles ’73 and expects production to start in late 2016; Draper will serve as a story consultant and executive producer.

Draper served as associate producer for Echo at 11 Oak Drive. As an advertising agency executive Deborah has worked on blue-chip client accounts including Coca-Cola Classic, ExxonMobil, HP, AT&T, FedEx, and Georgia Lottery, earning two regional Emmys, a Gold Effie and several Addy Awards. Draper is a member of Film Independent and Film Fatales and resides in Atlanta.

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