Noble Sissle’s Syncopated Ragtime
HD, Color and Sound, 23 min, 2019

Combining unseen period footage with original scores from that era, Syncopated Ragtime tells the story of Noble Sissle incredible life journey that spans “The Harlem Hellfighters” of World War I, Broadway Theatre, the Civil Rights movement, and decades of Black cultural production. The film inquires on the Black people’s struggle for democracy by challenging America’s social, economic and political structures.


Noble Lee Sissle, Jr.
Trevor Getz , Professor Of History At San Francisco State University

All Songs By Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake And Jim Europe's 369th Infantry "Hellfighters" Band

Directed by Daniel Leonard Bernardi and David De Rozas
Executive Producer, Daniel Leonard Bernardi
Producers, Trevor Getz And Carolina Gratianne
Editor And Sound Design, David De Rozas
Director Of Photography, Andrés Gallegos
Additional Camera, Alexander Zane Irwin
Sound Recordist, Sreang Hok
Production Assistant, Jesse Collier Sutterley
Camera Assistant, Suhnny Stone Carter Bernardi
Post-production Supervisor, Sreang Hok
Colorist, Andrés Gallegos
Sound Mix, Dan Olmsted
Consultants Jonathan R. Casey and Craig Perrier


- Best Short Documentary Film. 8th American Documentary Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA


- XVIII DokuFest // 2019 Official Selection. Prizren, Kosovo
- 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival // Official Selection. Cleveland, OH, US
- 8th American Documentary Film Festival // Official Selection. Palm Springs, CA, US
- 18th Ashland Independent Film Festival // Official Selection. Ashland, OR, US
- 14th Harlem International Film Festival // Official Selection. Harlem, NY, US
- 10th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival // 2019 Official Selection. Chagrin Falls, Ohio, US
- Pittsburgh Shorts 2019 // 2019 Official Selection. Pittsburgh, PA, US
- DC Shorts Film Festival // 2019 Official Selection. Washington, DC, US
- Lake Country Film Festival // 2019 Official Selection. Lake Country, IL, US