Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back

October Screening Events


After premiering and winning the 2019 Grand Jury Prize (Metropolis) at DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the United States, the film went on to garner rave reviews and industry acclaim.  In August, the film received its second prestigious award, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the preeminent African American Film Festival (ABFF). 



The film’s festival run began in March at the Miami Film Festival, but was suddenly shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this new world of virtual film festivals, the producers of the documentary have been extremely selective about which events to participate in.

But as the year comes to a close, a crop of appealing opportunities emerged that directly speak to the film’s diverse fanbase who have a personal connection to Maurice Hines and Gregory Hines.


The San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Dates: October 18 – 25

Community: DANCE


About: SFDFF is a multi-day international event showcasing the best in dance film from around the world and will be presented on Marquee TV, an international performing-arts streaming service. In its 11th year, SFDFF has become one of the most respected and influential dance film festivals. This year’s events also include an imaginative flying red carpet event and dance classes.


EVENT:  “Clips, Conversation and Tap” presented by Jason Samuels Smith 

Join acclaimed dancer Jason Samuels Smith for an exclusive look at extended dance clips from the award-winning documentary, Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back. The clips highlight the exhilarating Hines Brothers tap duo and Jason invites viewers to learn a tap step or two inspired by their Henry LeTang-honed legacy.  (Co-Presented by Divine Rhythm Productions / Tap Family Reunion)


NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival

Dates: October 16 – 27

Community: LGBTQ+


About: In its 32nd year, NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival is one of the world’s largest celebrations of the year’s best queer films from the U.S. and more than 30 countries, bringing together filmmakers, celebrities, movie lovers, industry professionals, and the LGBTQ community.


EVENT:  “Living Out Loud: Black, Queer and Proud in Showbiz” 

Maurice Hines is a 76-year-old African American man, who grew up during a time when being openly gay was frowned upon. The world of Broadway gave Maurice a safe haven to be open with his sexual orientation, but systematic racism in show business was unavoidable. Maurice conceived, directed, and choreographed two Broadway musicals —  Uptown…It’s Hot! (1986, Tony nom., Lead Actor in Musical) and Hot Feet (2006).


This conversation is a deep dive into Maurice’s life as an openly gay, African American entertainer. Moderated by Desmond Thorne, an actor, filmmaker and NewFest programmer.



Bushwick Film Festival

Dates: October 21 – 25

Community: Independent Filmmaking


About: In its 13th year, the Bushwick Film Festival has become an industry staple for new talent and a premiere voice for independent cinema in Brooklyn. 


EVENT: A Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Journey: Conversation with Director John Carluccio”

Free on Facebook / FRI 10/23 @6pm –

John Carluccio, a longtime fixture in Brooklyn’s creative community, has spent much of the last 25 years documenting underground arts and culture scenes in New York City. He is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, cameraperson and editor. He’s the director of Battle Sounds: Hip-hop DJ Documentary,(1996) and head of CINQUA | Creative Documentary Agency. 


Brian Vines is an Emmy Award-winning journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, NY1 and the Guardian US, among other media outlets. Brian is currently the Managing Editor at Brooklyn’s BRIC-TV, where he moderates the #BHeard Town Hall series on social justice.

This conversation will be about the making of Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, its director’s creative process and his evolution as a documentary filmmaker. John and Brian are longtime friends and collaborators who worked together at BRIC-TV from 2009-2011.