• untapped brilliance
  • uncommon expertise
  • untold stories
  • bridge
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  • agitate
  • push
  • create
  • shift
  • advance.
  • thrive.
  • succeed.
  • change.
  • amaze.
  • inspire.

Elegance Bratton

Writer and Director, Hell Fighter

Marine Corps Veteran and Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival alum, Elegance Bratton (PIER KIDS, WALK FOR ME, BUCK) directs “Hell Fighter”, the story of African American Jazz pioneer and music mogul, James Reese Europe, who was a lieutenant in the 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the Harlem Hellfighters.

Elegance was thrown out of his mother’s home at the age of 16 in New Jersey for being gay. He spent the next 10 years homeless seeking refuge wherever he could find it. After ten years spent homeless, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he learned how to make films. He served in the US Marine Corps as combat cameraman, and holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and an MFA from NYU Tisch Grad Film. Elegance’s award-winning short films have played in almost 150 film festivals worldwide including Sundance, Outfest, and the American Black Film Festival. He is executive producer and creator of Viceland’s GLAAD-nominated series, MY HOUSE. He is also the author of the Kassel Art Book award winning photo book, Bound By Night.