Black Star, a series including films and shorts coming through the Toronto Film Festival will serve as a crash course to 100 years of Black cinema.
The Hirshorn hosted a day-long screening of video and film by feminist artists and filmmakers from the 1970s to present day. Part of a partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts and in conjunction with the Now Be Here project, Count/Recount celebrates women video artists who use narrative to complicate and deepen our understanding of representation, highlighting works by artists of varying generations and cultures who depict scenarios and ideas through the lens of feminism.
Highlighting a range of cinematic approaches from optical abstraction to science fiction, An Ecstatic Experience has been featured in "An Incomplete History History of Protest" Exhibition. An Ecstatic Experience is also on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
Profiled in this article I discuss the postproduction process of my autobiographical documentary, "The Evidence of Things Not Seen," which began as a biographical film about my mother and expanded into an examination of my entire family lineage and kind of personal essay. The compelling fusion of personal ideas and historical point-of-views as seen in my short An Ecstatic Experience is also discussed, along with my New Negress Film Society membership.
Civil Disobedience is a program of documentaries, news footage, citizen journalism, artist's films and videos focusing on moments of political resistance and public demonstration from the early 20th century through today. Presenting records from the Civil Rights and women's movements, gay liberation and AIDS activism, Black Lives Matter movement, and recent Women's Marches recognize the history of resistance, and considers the role that artists and documentaries play in chronicling and confronting abuses of power and social injustice.
Lossless is an exploration of Black and Brown bodies as a site of compression, considering the ways that labor, illusion, loss, lineage and personhood are imagined and re-constructed.
Microscope Gallery is presenting "Face Shifts" as a group exhibition of works including video, kinetic painting, analog photography, installation and mixed media by various artists. This focuses on the work and its manifestation a reflection upon the technologies from which its made.
This program celebrates the publication of Millennium Film Journal No. 65 "Architecture On Screen and Off" with works featured in the issue. Recent moving-image artists considerations of the built environment and its connection with character, politics, social norms, class, race, gender and money are depicted.
In this compelling short screened at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, "An Ecstatic Experience" reappropriates found footage and creates animation directly on the frame by scratching the celluloid.
Focusing on the work of black female artists, "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women" works to examine the political, social, cultural and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.
Working through oppression set by stereotypical images in the media upon people of color, artists whose short films are being featured in the NW Film Center have been re-processed, re-purposed, re-imagined and re-enacted. The work in this program seeks to both reveal the destructive power of images and sound in the media as well as re-constructing the identity of those represented.
As worded by Julie Dash, "some films are made because they need to be made. They're works of passion." The season launch of the BFI film season 'Unbound: Visions of the of the Black Feminine," inspired by the re-release of Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust, Unbound looks backward and forward to the present day at the generations of black women making innovative film work.
An Evening With The New Negress Film Society is a screening part of "This is You Reading My Diary": Coming-Of-Age Stories And The Struggle For Self-Determination. A core collective of black women filmmakers who create community and spaces for mutual support, exhibition, and consciousness-raising have a collective of art waiting to be screened followed by a Q&A with members of the Society.
An Ecstatic Experience will be on view at the Atlanta Contemporary from April 13th- May 14th 2017. Be sure to catch it if you are in the area.
Join me at MoMA film on April 17th at 7pm for Modern Mondays. I will be premiering a number of new experimental animations as well as a new video art piece titled Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE). I will be in conversation with Dessane Cassell and Ashley Clark. The program is in conjunction with the Making Faces on Film: A Collaboration with BFI Black Star.
An Ecstatic Experience will screen at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival on Friday, April 21st at 6pm.
AN ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE will screen at this year's Glasgow Short Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. The film will screen on Thursday, March 16th and Saturday, March 18th. Click the photos for further details.
AN ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE will screen at the Whitney Museum on November 13th at 3pm as part of the Dreamstates exhibition. Im excited and humbled to share space with Akosua Adoma Owusu, Kevin Jerome Everson, Dyani Douze, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and many more talented artists.
Headed to Amherst and Smith College with my Black Radical Imagination Comrades on Nov. 1-3.