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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

NAACP Nominates Isaac Yowman for Image Award Recognizing "Memory Builds the Monument" Film

 


There are many celebrated awards, however hands down, one of the most historically esteemed is the historical
 NAACP Image Awards. This year’s 53rd edition will air on February 26th on Black Entertainment Television (BET) acknowledging Houston's own cream of the crop, film director Isaac Yowman.

Nominated in the ‘Outstanding Short Form Special’ category is Yowman’s latest masterpiece "Memory Builds the Monument." The documentary captures the powerful layers of Black history, life and creativity in the Cultural Arts District of Fifth Ward (Houston, Tx.) during the segregation of the 1950s and 1960s while shedding light on the landmark music that came from the legendary era. Isaac Yowman collaborated with label giants Atlantic Records and Universal to license world-renowned music from icons such as Aretha Franklin & James Brown. Weaving together the stories of the Fifth Ward, Yowman takes his audience on an unprecedented journey through the musical, cultural and political past that paved the way for Texas’ gargantuan influence in today’s most popular music. What makes this NAACP nomination uniquely special is the fact that this film is independently produced and not yet distributed through a major platform, unlike the other nominees.


Yowman has also been selected in the highly anticipated 2022 SXSW Film Festival taking place in Austin, Texas this March. As the accolades and nominations are revealed, Yowman and his cutting edge film production company IYO Visuals continue to support and celebrate the community with the launch of their own 6 story art house located in the Historically Black community of Fifth Ward. Viewers can expect to see the visual storytelling brilliance of Isaac and his team throughout the year.

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