Pre-Production to Start in June 2011 for Harlem in Havana Documentary Film.

Interviews have been set in Knoxville, Tennessee with past performers of the Harlem in Havana stage show. Pre-Production filming will start in early June 2011 for a fundraising trailer. After Knoxville, we will travel to Memphis, TN, hometown to Harlem in Havana producer  extraordinaire, Leon Claxton, and Blues Music on Beale Street. We’ll visit with Rocky Wynder (Knoxville jazz great) and the Meyers twins (from the 50s DooWop group, the Five Pennies) all who performed and traveled with the HARLEM IN HAVANA troupe early in their careers.

We’re still seeking past performers of HARLEM IN HAVANA! Hopefully our trip to Tennessee will uncover new interview subjects!

Leslie, Producer/Director


Published by: Leslie Cunningham

A master storyteller with a journalistic background, Leslie Cunningham is an artist, writer, filmmaker, collaborator and creator of TRIBES Magazine. Driven by a passion for storytelling, Leslie is a graduate of the Documentary Arts Program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She has directed, produced and collaborated on a collection of engaging documentary films and short video for public broadcast and film festivals. Leslie’s debut documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was chosen for Massimadi festival of Africa (2016), Gender Reel film festival (2014), The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012), and Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012). Leslie is currently working on her second feature, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, which was selected for the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Program. Leslie was also a recipient of the 2014 ITVS Diversity Development Fund and a fellow of the 2015 Cucalorus Filmmaker Residency Program. Owner of TRIBES Entertainment, a boutique digital marketing company in Durham, NC, Leslie brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her client work. She has worked tirelessly on several worthy projects to help raise money for local non-profits and is committed to mentoring young emerging artists, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. Email Leslie at

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