festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back


Maurice and Gregory Hines were a dazzling sibling act of tap dancers, notably in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club. Throughout his seven-decade career (still going), Maurice never shied away from speaking out about the challenges of being a gay, black man in showbiz. That held him back from achieving the stardom of his brother. This documentary gives Maurice the spotlight he deserves through interviews with admirers including Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington and Debbie Allen. The rich display of archive footage will leave you dancing out of the theater.

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SilverSpot Cinema 13

Director Bio

John Carluccio is an Emmy nominated filmmaker who is best known for documenting under-recognized pockets of urban society. John's debut documentary, Battle Sounds (97), premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was an Associate Producer on the theatrical motion picture Scratch (01). Portions of his documentary archives have appeared in Exit Through the Gift Shop (10), Beautiful Losers (08) , Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (15) and Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (19).

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    John Carluccio
  • Producer(s)
    John Carluccio, Tracy Hopkins
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Tracy Hopkins
  • Cinematographer(s)
    John Carluccio
  • Cast
    Maurice Hines, Debbie Allen, Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington, John Manzari, Leo Manzari

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