Jul 22, 2019
Luminary Conversation: Marcia Smith and Dyana Williams
Marcia Smith knows a thing or two about building your own. As the President of Firelight Media, which in 2000 she co-founded along with Stanley Nelson, Smith’s experience as a cultural organizer, filmmaker and producer can illuminate pathways for how we might vision, strategize and edify from a place of abundance and collectivity. Join Marcia…
Jul 22, 2019
Directing Workshop with Blitz Bazawule
Filmmaking is a practice of collapsing thousands upon thousands of hours of labor and decisions into 90 minutes. This workshop style presentation will give us a behind-the-scenes take on Blitz the Ambassador’s first feature narrative, The Burial of Kojo. Being embedded in Ghanian oral tradition and having a long spanning career as a musician and…
Jul 22, 2019
BlackStar Embodied: All Levels POC-centered Yoga
Each morning, before your first film or panel, please join Jean-Jacques Gabriel for a yoga class focused on centering, self-care, and embodied celebration. All levels welcome, supported, and encouraged to grow more sensitive, strong, and mindful. This is a free and public People of Color centered offering though completely open to everyone. Admission is available…
Jul 22, 2019
Cinema in the Museum
The past two decades have witnessed the rise of cinema in the museum, yet there are many challenges to presenting work in this setting. Why are filmmakers so often relegated to screening programs? What are the long-term repercussions of this? Are there new strategies to move us forward? The artists, programmers and curators assembled in…
Jul 22, 2019
BlackStar Embodied: All Levels POC-centered Yoga
Each morning, before your first film or panel, please join Jean-Jacques Gabriel for a yoga class focused on centering, self-care, and embodied celebration. All levels welcome, supported, and encouraged to grow more sensitive, strong, and mindful. This is a free and public People of Color centered offering though completely open to everyone.
Jul 22, 2019
Shorts Program 7
Femmes and women claim ownership over their bodies and lives in these funny, quirky, and lighthearted set of shorts. Note: This is a free outdoor screening. Alcohol will be served. Titles include: Femme Queen Chronicles (Episode One: The Clock), Honk for Jesus. Save Your Life, Ladies Day, Me Time, Motherstruck, Womxn & Yirga.
Jul 22, 2019
Black Like Who? A Conversation about Afro-Latinx Identity, Politics, and Representation (Presented by Firelight Media)
Afro-Latinx people have existed since the first ships carrying enslaved Africans landed in the Caribbean and Latin America. Yet, Afro-Latinx people remain largely invisible in our popular imaginary. Join us for a candid conversation with Afro-Latinx artists and cultural workers as they discuss their lived experiences, the contemporary conversation about Blackness in Latinx communities, and…
Jul 22, 2019
Fahamu Pecou & Jason Reynolds in Conversation
In Partnership with African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) In conjunction with the exhibit Fahamu Pecou, DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance (on view: May 25 – August 25, 2019 at AAMP), Dr. Fahamu Pecou, novelist Jason Reynolds and writer Damon Young will discuss the personal and political experiences of rendering Black masculinity on the…
Jul 22, 2019
Securing the Bag with Immersive Storytelling (Presented by Crux)
This panel is a discussion of the opportunities for Black filmmakers in the immersive (XR) space. How do we get started making immersive content? What are the opportunities for monetizing and retaining control of our work? Alton Glass is an award-winning director and educator working primarily in virtual reality. Tahir Hemphill’s work sits at the…