Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Hazing

Director:
Byron Hurt
Producers:
Denise A. Greene, Natalie Bullock Brown

If you think hazing is a trivial college problem, think again. In Hazing, award-winning filmmaker, Byron Hurt, lifts the veil on a range of secret, underground rituals that are often dehumanizing, abusive, and sometimes, deadly. Byron, a member of a fraternity, places hazing culture under the microscope to discover a world of toxic masculinity, violence, sexual degradation, binge drinking, denial, and institutional cover-ups.


Byron Hurt, Director

Byron Hurt, Director , is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens. Byron's latest film, Soul Food Junkies, won the CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. Soul Food Junkies aired nationally on Independent Lens in January and April 2013.

Denise A. Greene, Producer

Denise A. Greene, Producer, is an Emmy and Peabody award-winner who most recently joined forces with the groundbreaking production team, TNEG, as a consulting producer on Children of the Revolution: Growing Up on the Fringe. Previously, Denise helped to launch Orlando Bagwell’s company with its inaugural projects NY Times Op Docs: When Music Turns Deadly and feature documentary, Gil Scott-Heron. Before joining LakeHouse, Denise produced two shows for WNET’s series, Pioneers of Thirteen (2014) which were both nominated for Emmys. Denise’s documentary career began at the preeminent documentary company, Blackside Inc., where she worked on I’ll Make Me A World and Malcolm X: Make it Plain.

Natalie Bullock Brown, Producer

Natalie Bullock Brown, Producer, is an award-winning and Emmy nominated film and television producer. She has produced videos documenting the 50th anniversary commemorative conferences of, most recently, the civil rights hallmark, Freedom Summer, and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was an associate producer on Ken Burns’ 10-part series, JAZZ, and has independently produced a number of promotional and short-form videos for not-for-profits, her local PBS station, and other organizations. She has been a professor of film and broadcast media for the past ten years, and is producer/director of her first feature length documentary, baartman, beyoncé & me.