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Jeni LeGon - Living in a Great Big Way

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Meet Jeni LeGon--a talented and passionate dancer who became the first Black woman to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio. A warm and vibrant storyteller, she reflects on her 82 years of life, sharing her dreams and struggles. Jeni grew up in Chicago, where she taught herself to dance, gathering her early audiences around her on the sidewalks that were her first stage. She becme a solo dancer in the Count Basie Chorus Line and set her sights for Hollywood. There she landed a role with Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in Hurray for Love, followed by over a dozen other films. But with all her talent, Jeni LeGon could not break through the colour barrier of a segregated Hollywood.

In the late 1960s, Jeni made Vancouver her home and became a teacher and choreographer. The film includes interviews with tap dancer Fayard Nicholas and archival footage of Fayard and Harold Nicholas, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Fats Waller, Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway.



1999, 49 min 28 s

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Prix Plaque de Bronze - catégorie: Arts et culture
Festival international du film et de la vidéo
Du 25 au 27 octobre 2000, Columbus - États-Unis

Prix Canada's Choice - meilleur court métrage
Moving Pictures
Du 1 avril au 1 novembre 2000, Toronto - Canada

Prix Biographie Michael Blaustein
National Black Programming Consortium
23 octobre 1999, Columbus - États-Unis

Mention spéciale
Festival International du film
Du 24 septembre au 10 octobre 1999, Vancouver - Canada

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