EYES ON THE PRIZE
A FILM BY HENRY HAMPTON
This epic documentry of the Civil Rights Movement, produced by legendary filmmaker Henry Hampton, founder of Blackside Productions was edited over the course of 14 months by teams of filmmakers using approximately 10 Steenbecks in the Back Bay area.
Eventually 35 men and women would work on Eyes and the production teams created by Blackside would have an important impact on the American filmmaking and television community for years to come. The first six programs, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965) was aired in 1987. The eight-part sequel, Eyes on the Prize II was broadcast in 1990.
Watched by over 20 million viewers with each airing, the series received over 23 awards, including six Emmys, two DuPont-Columbia Awards, the Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Brotherhood Award, the International Documentary Association's Distinguished documentary Award, Program of the Year and Outstanding News Information Program by the Television Critics Association, and the CINE Golden Eagle.