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Fuller, Bourne teaming to lay down Law’s story

NEW YORK – Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe Charles Fuller (“A Soldier’s Story”) will team with award-winning writer and director St. Clair Bourne on a film that sets a bittersweet love story against the real-life death of Oliver Law, an African-American officer who fought in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s.

Under the agreement, Fuller and Bourne will collaborate on a story for a screenplay and the film will be directed by Bourne, whose latest effort, “John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk,” will be in competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. The film, which explores the life and teachings of the controversial Afrocentric scholar, was narrated and executive produced by Wesley Snipes.

Last month, Bourne was honored with the 1996 Oscar Micheaux Award for his body of work and contributions to African-American filmmaking. The award was presented in Columbus, Ohio, by the National Black Programming Consortium, an agency of the Corp. for Public Broadcasting.

Fuller won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for drama for “A Soldier’s Story,” along with the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best American play, and other awards. His screen adaptation of the play received four Oscar nominations, including best screenplay. Fuller’s latest work “Old Men (A Dance)” will receive a staged reading at Lincoln Center this month.

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