|People: Kwame Braun|
Kwame Braun received his MFA in filmmaking from New York University in 1988. He has worked in the theatre and film industries of New York City and Chicago, and has taught filmmaking at New York's School of Visual Arts, Columbia College in Chicago, and at UCLA's Department of World Arts and Culture. In 1994 he returned to his birthplace in Ghana, West Africa, as a Fulbright "Artist-at-Large." There he shot footage for his first documentary, a history of the "concert party" itinerant theatre, working in collaboration with theatre scholar Catherine Cole, to whom he is married. While in Ghana he also shot a video feature "Ghanafilm" with the veteran drama troupe, Kusum Agromma. The video "passing girl; riverside: An Essay on Camera Work" is the first completed piece to come out of his Ghanaian experience. It has been awarded the Bronze Apple from the National Educational Media Network.