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George C. Wolfe to Direct 'Rustin' for Higher Ground Productions and Netflix

George C. Wolfe to Direct 'Rustin' for Higher Ground Productions and Netflix

  • Director: George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

  • Writer: Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk

  • Logline: Rustin tells the story of charismatic, gay, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin,  who overcame an onslaughts of obstacles, and altered the course of American history by organizing the 1963 march on  Washington.

  • Producers: Higher Ground Productions’ Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis; Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen (American Beauty); Dustin Lance Black

  • Higher Ground Productions, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, recently released their upcoming slate of films and series in partnership with Netflix which include Exit West, Satellite, Tenzing and The Young Wife.  Current documentary films on Netflix include Academy Award Winner American Factory, Emmy Award nominee Becoming, and Crip Camp, which was just named to the Oscars Documentary Shortlist.

  • Wolfe has been garnering attention for his masterful direction of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, placing the film as a player in the awards race and most recently leading the charge for SAG nominations. A previous DGA and NBR winner (Lackawanna Blues), Wolfe is a five-time Tony Award winner, and known as one of America’s most important and influential cultural voices.

About Higher Ground Productions

Higher Ground, founded by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, is focused on telling the stories that embody the values the Obamas have championed throughout their lives. Higher Ground produces scripted films, TV series, children’s programs and documentaries exclusively with Netflix, and podcasts exclusively with Spotify.  Its first release American Factory won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and its first podcast, The Michelle Obama Podcast, was the biggest Spotify Original in history.