JOIN us for a free weekend film experience, perfect for the whole family, featuring stories by and about people of color!
Twenty-four years ago, the Creatively Speaking Film Series was founded with the mission of elevating the work of highly regarded independent filmmakers of color. With this motive held uncompromisingly close, “Double Exposure: Take Two” brings to the forefront works from across the African Diaspora. Films born of African American, African and Caribbean origins find their place in this program, reaffirming Creatively Speaking’s commitment to changing the cultural narrative, one image at a time.
This program headlines the three feature films Uprize!, King of Stage and Double Play, and an arresting collective of short films. Love, revolution, wealth, disparity, history and the legends that create it, satiate this exhibition, to be witnessed and engaged with. We invite you to join us for affective and nuanced conversations with filmmakers and film enthusiasts following each program in this weekend series.
Curated by Michelle Materre and the Creatively Speaking team, at the behest of the ever-evolving and ever-inclusive future we wish to see.
- Sinead Collymore on behalf of Michelle Materre and the Creatively Speaking team.
June 1st, 6pm: KING OF STAGE by Juney Smith
June 1st, 8:30pm: DOUBLE PLAY by Ernest Dickerson
June 2nd, 7pm: UPRIZE! by Sifiso Khanyile
June 2nd, 7pm: I WANT TO SEE FOR MYSELF by Fanyana Hlabangane
Sunday June 2nd, 4pm-6pm
BLACK 14 by Darius Clark Monroe
GIVE by David DeRoza
RESPECT AND LOVE by Angelique Webster
INTO MY LIFE by Ivana Hucikova, Sarah Keeling and Grace Remington
WHERE THE WATER RUNS by Dubois Ashtong
Creatively Speaking presents “Through Her Eyes: The Personal is Political”, a two-night documentary series at BAMcinématek, featuring the work of women filmmakers delving into two distinct terrains but both from very up close, personal perspectives with political implications far beyond their scope.
Detroit 48202: Notes Along a Postal Route by Pam Sporn – 2018, 82 minutes
DETROIT 48202 examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the community of committed residents he faithfully served for thirty years. Wendell and his customers provide an intimate glimpse of Detroiters’ resistance to boom and bust capitalism and structural racism, and share stories of hope -‐proposing creative ways to reimagine an inclusive, equitable and re‐invigorated city.
Playing Frisbee in North Korea by Savanna Washington – 2018, 86 minutes
Calling North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, fat can get you killed in North Korea. Any other complaints about daily life there gets North Koreans incarcerated in brutal work camps. What harm could come from playing Frisbee? This is the is the first documentary produced and directed by an African-American female filmmaker from inside N. Korea. Preceded by the short film.
Xin by Desha Dauchan and Tina Huang – 2018, 12 minutes
XIN (Heart in Mandarin) : Grappling with grief, a young woman is haunted by the ghost of her mother. This film deals with grief and the complex emotions that surround profound loss.
This film was first brought back to the public's eye in February 2015, during the critically acclaimed series, "Tell It Like It Is", co-programmed by Michelle Materre and Jake Perlin. This program was presented by Creatively Speaking in collaboration with Lincoln Center Film Center. A rare appearance by writer and cultural critic, Ishmael Reed.
“Personal Problems retains a vitality and an integrity that practically bounds off the screen.” (New York Times)
This entirely African American–conceived and –produced drama comes from the pioneering writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess. Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, it went unseen for many years; the original tapes have been carefully restored and this experimental, challenging film about married life in New York City at the time is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades.
Ishmael Reed is the winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (genius award), the renowned L.A. Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer and finalist for two National Book Awards and is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley; and founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, which promotes multicultural American writing. The American Book Awards, sponsored by the foundation has been called The American League to the National Book Awards’ National League. He also founded PEN Oakland which issues the Josephine Miles Literary Awards. PEN Oakland has been called “The Blue Collar PEN” by The New York Times.
Ishmael Reed is the author of thirty titles including the acclaimed novel Mumbo Jumbo, as well as essays, plays and poetry. Titles include: The Freelance Pallbearers; The Terrible Threes; The Last Days Of Louisiana Red; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down; Reckless Eyeballing; Flight To Canada; Japanese By Spring, and Juice!.
Michelle Materre moderates “Amazing Grace” screening at Jacob Burns Center in conversation with Marcus Turner, assistant professor of Film Production, The New School and independent filmmaker. Crafted from never-before-seen footage originally shot in 1972, Amazing Grace documents the recording of Aretha Franklin’s seminal and acclaimed gospel album of the same name. Recorded live at New Temple Baptist Missionary Church in Watts, California in front of a lively congregation, Sydney Pollack’s film was eventually abandoned after an issue with syncing the sound prevented its release. Now, over 45 years later, digital technology has made it possible to match sound to picture, giving Pollack’s long-lost film a new life. Over two nights, Pollack dutifully captured Aretha Franklin’s virtuosic performance, which pulses with emotion, conviction, and awe-inspiring power. Amazing Grace exists as both a living historical document and a necessary addendum to the Queen of Soul’s legacy.
NOT IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD by KURT ORDERSON
Special screening/conversation in commemoration of the assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. with filmmaker Najima of NOT IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD, an award-winning documentary film, tells the intergenerational stories of the ways in which ordinary citizens respond to the policies, process, and institutions driving contemporary forms of spatial violence and gentrification in Cape Town, South Africa; New York City, U.S.A.; and São Paulo, Brazil.
GIVE by David de Rozas
After decades of building an alternative visual narrative for the black community, a senior Reverend seeks to preserve its monumental legacy before his impending retirement.
BLACK 14 by DARIUS CLARK MONROE
Black 14 is an archival social study examining white pathology and cognitive dissonance via media coverage of a 1969 racial protest at the University of Wyoming.
Raoul Peck, the School of Media Studies' 2019 Hirshon Director-in-Residence, will present his films and discuss his work in conversation with Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies & Film and Director of the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.
Raoul Peck is one of the most significant and prolific filmmakers of our time. He has been richly rewarded for his historical, political, and artistic work. His work includes such films as The Man by the Shore (Competition, Cannes 1993); Lumumba (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2000, HBO); Sometimes in April, on the genocide in Rwanda, which he produced and directed for HBO; (Competition, Berlinale 2005); Moloch Tropical (Toronto and Berlin); and The Young Karl Marx (Berlinale 2017). His documentary films include Lumumba, Death of a Prophet, and Fatal Assistance (Berlinale and Hot Docs 2013).
His latest documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, on the life of James Baldwin, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the Audience Award at both the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, LA Film Critics' Best Documentary Award, the Best Documentary Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) (U.K.) and the French national film award, the César, among many others.
The Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence program, presented by the School of Media Studies, was established by the late New School trustee Dorothy Hirshon, to honor and promote excellence and education of the filmmaking arts at The New School.
Twenty-three years ago, the Creatively Speaking Film Series was founded with the mission of elevating the work of highly regarded independent filmmakers of color. “Double Exposure”, highlights work from across the African Diaspora – African American, African and Caribbean films -- reaffirming Creatively Speaking’s commitment to changing the cultural narrative, one image at a time.
The films in this program are an array of genres: a love triangle, the biography a living legend, a political drama, little known history lessons, contemporary social issues and speculative fiction from the not too distant future are presented, compared and contrasted. We invite you to join us for in depth conversations with filmmakers and film enthusiasts following each program in this weekend series.
Special guests include Ernest Dickerson, Lisa Cortes, Juney Smith, & Woodie King, Jr., Angelique Webster, Darius Clark Monroe and Kazembe Balagun.
Curated by Michelle Materre and the Creatively Speaking team.
Fri - 8:15pm - DOUBLE PLAY
Sat - 1:30pm - TEZA
4:30pm - FOOTPRINTS Of PanAfricanism
7pm - KING OF STAGE
9:15PM - BROWN GIRL BEGINS
Sun - 2pm - SHORTS PROGRAM
4:15pm - KING OF STAGE
6:15pm - UPRIZE w/ I WANT TO SEE FOR MYSELF
8pm - BROWN GIRL BEGINS
CREATIVELY SPEAKING FILM SERIES WILL BE CO-PRESENTING THE UPCOMING “A TRIBUTE TO CAMILLE BILLOPS AND JAMES V. HATCH!”
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JUST-US: RESIST THE DIVIDE
AN EVENING OF INDEPENDENT FILM AND DISCUSSION
Please, join us for an introduction of independent short films and a discussion related to social justice.
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