A 2-day conference taking place July 29 - 30, 2017 celebrating the Nerd in you through panels & workshops of Art, Science, Film, Comic Books, & Technology with 5 venues in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn, New York making you truly feel like a Blerd take over.
The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities, showcasing films by black people from around the world.
Dirt and Deeds In Mississippi uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state. In the face of escalating terror, Black landowners and independent farmers provided safe havens, collateral for jail bonds, armed protection and locations for Freedom Schools. They were often the first to attempt to register to vote and run for public office. Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi reveals the extraordinary story of a Delta community called Mileston in which 100 sharecropping families gained control of 10,000 acres of some of the best land in the state as a result of a radical New Deal era experiment in the 1930’s and in turn, became leaders of the movement in the 1960s. The film also presents new information about the infamous case of the three young activists murdered during Freedom Summer in 1964. Narrated by Danny Glover and winner of a Television Academy Award, Dirt And Deeds In Mississippi tells how an independent farmer and teacher who came to own the land on which his great-grandparents were slaves became the first Black candidate elected to a state-wide office in Mississippi in the 20th century.
There will be a discussion following the screening with Charlayne Haynes, producer; Michelle DePass, co-director, Tishman Environment and Design Center and Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy; Timon McPhearson, Associate Professor of Urban Ecology and Chair, Environmental Studies Program; and Mia White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Milano. Moderated by Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film and curator/producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series. Sponsored by the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and the Tishman Environment and Design Center.
Dec 19, 2016/Brooklyn, NY—From Friday, February 3 to Thursday, February 23
One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991
On the occasion of the recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash’s 1991 masterpiece Daughters of the Dust, BAMcinématek celebrates the black women directors who blazed the trail for this landmark film. The filmmakers represented in this series all worked far outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, overcoming a historically hostile system in order to tell their stories on screen. Taken together, their work represents a rich history of long-undervalued independent filmmaking.
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) Dir. Julie Dash. With Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara-O. Julie Dash’s gorgeous evocation of early-20th century Gullah life chronicles three generations of women in the Peazant family—descendants of slaves living on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina—as several prepare to leave home to migrate north. Steeped in the language, culture, and customs of the Gullah people, Daughters of the Dust is a dreamy, at times mystic, celebration of folk traditions and black womanhood. Its sumptuous images (which were a key influence on Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade) shimmer anew in this ravishing restoration. DCP. 112min. Fri, Feb 3 at 2, 7pm; Feb 4 & 5 at 4:30, 9:30pm
LOSING GROUND (1982) Dir. Kathleen Collins. A married couple experiences a reawakening on a summer idyll in upstate New York. This revelatory comedic drama is one of the first films to explore sexuality from the perspective of a black female director. DCP. 86min. Fri, Feb 3 at 4:30pm & Feb 4-5 at 2pm
I BE DONE BEEN WAS IS (1983) Dir. Debra Robinson. With Alice Arthur, Jane Galvin Lewis, Rhonda Hansome, Marsha Warfield. Profiles of four black female comedians, offering insight into what it means to be a sharp-witted woman navigating the male-dominated world of stand-up. 16mm. 60min. Sat, Feb 4 at 7:10pm & Thu, Feb 9 at 9:15pm
JULIE DASH SHORTS A survey of Julie Dash’s (Daughters of the Dust) remarkable career from the 1970s to the present: Four Women (1975), a dance film set to the music of Nina Simone; her breakthrough work, Illusions (1982), which explores African-American representation in 1940s Hollywood via the story of a black studio executive passing as white; Praise House (1991), a performance piece made with Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; and Standing at the Scratch Line (2016), a look at the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 75min. Sun, Feb 5 at 7pm & Mon, Feb 6 at 9:45pm
CAMILLE BILLOPS PROGRAM The films of Camille Billops are heartrending, fearlessly personal meditations on a range of emotionally charged subjects. This program brings together a cross section of Billops’ documentary work: Suzanne, Suzanne (1982), a harrowing portrait of a woman processing her abusive father and her own drug addiction; Finding Christa (1991), an autobiographical record of the filmmaker’s reunion with the daughter she gave up for adoption; and Take Your Bags (1998), Billops’ examination of slavery and cultural theft. 92min. Mon, Feb 6 at 7pm (*Curator’s Choice screening) & Wed, Feb 15 at 9:45pm
PERFORMERS AND ARTISTS This shorts program spotlights several extraordinary black women artists: Valerie, Monica J. Freeman’s 1975 portrait of sculptor Valerie Maynard; Syvilla: They Dance to Her Drum, Ayoka Chenzira’s 1979 tribute to dancer-choreographer Syvilla Fort; Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, an experimental performance film by Barbara McCullough, inspired by Afro-diasporic ceremonies; Remembering Thelma, Kathe Sandler’s 1981 portrait of dancer Thelma Hill, a founding member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box, Michelle Parkerson’s 1987 profile of Stormé DeLarverie, a drag king, gay rights activist, and heroine of the Stonewall uprising. 77min. Tue, Feb 7 at 7pm
ZORA IS MY NAME! (1990) Dir. Neema Barnette. With Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr., Roger E. Mosley. The great Ruby Dee scripted and stars in this tribute to visionary writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, produced for PBS’ American Playhouse. 90min. Tue, Feb 7 at 9:30pm
TWICE AS NICE + A MINOR ALTERCATION Two explorations of the complex relationships between women. Jackie Shearer’s 1977 docudrama A Minor Altercation captures the tensions between two girls—one black, one white—during the desegregation of Boston’s public schools. Jessie Maple, the first black woman admitted to New York’s camera operators union, explores the bond between twin college basketball players in her 1989 film Twice as Nice, scripted by poet S. Pearl Sharp. 100min. Wed, Feb 8 at 8:45pm
VISIONS OF THE SPIRIT: A PORTRAIT OF ALICE WALKER (1989) Dir. Elena Featherston. This revealing portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker offers essential insight into the experiences that shaped her perspective as an outspoken black feminist. 58min. Wed, Feb 8 at 7pm
PERFECT IMAGE? + A DIFFERENT IMAGE In LA Rebellion filmmaker Alile Sharon Larkin’s A Different Image (1982), an art student sets out to reclaim her body and self-worth from Western patriarchal norms. Maureen Blackwood’s Perfect Image? (1988) casts two actresses, one light skinned, one dark skinned, in a series of sketches exploring black beauty standards. 82min. Thu, Feb 9 at 7pm
GREY AREA + 2 BY FRONZA WOODS These psychologically rich films are fully realized portraits of black female consciousness. Monona Wali’s Grey Area (1981) depicts a news reporter’s political awakening in early-1980s Los Angeles. Killing Time (1979) and Fannie’s Film (1979), both directed by Fronza Woods, offer insights into the black female psyche rarely depicted in film. 65min. Mon, Feb 13 at 7pm
OTHELLO (1980) Dir. Liz White. With Yaphet Kotto, Audrey Dixon, Richard Dixon. Created by an entirely black cast and crew, including Yaphet Kotto in the title role, Liz White’s rarely screened adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy offers incisive commentary on the play’s racial dimensions. 115min. Mon, Feb 13 at 8:45pm
SKY CAPTAIN Two heartrending portraits of black childhood: Neema Barnette’s Sky Captain (1985), a hip-hop-infused South Bronx fantasy that tackles the issue of teen suicide, and Alile Sharon Larkin’s Your Children Come Back to You (1979), the story of a struggling single mother from the point of view of her young daughter. 92min. Wed, Feb 15 at 7pm
THE MAIDS + I AM SOMEBODY This program mines the complicated relationship between black women, capitalism, and the workplace as documented by a 1969 hospital workers’ strike in Charleston in Madeline Anderson’s I Am Somebody (1970) and the history of domestic service in Muriel Jackson’s The Maids (1985). 56min. Thu, Feb 16 at 7pm
CYCLES + ON BECOMING A WOMAN A woman performs Caribbean folk rituals in Zeinabu irene Davis’ Cycles and Cheryl Chisholm addresses reproductive rights in On Becoming A Woman. 107min. Thu, Feb 16 at 9:15pm
A DREAM IS WHAT YOU WAKE UP FROM Three films about black families, neighborhoods, and home life. In A Dream is What You Wake Up From (1978), directors Larry Bullard and Carolyn Johnson mix documentary and drama to illustrate the day-to-day struggles of three black families. In A Sense of Pride: Hamilton Heights (1977), Monica J. Freeman chronicles the transformation of the northern Manhattan neighborhood by upwardly mobile black residents. And Black Faces (1970), a project of the Young Filmmakers Foundation, presents portraits of the community in early 1970s Harlem. 66min. Sat, Feb 18 at 2pm
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (DE CIERTA MANERA) (1974) Dir. Sara Gómez. With Mario Balmaseda, Yolanda Cuéllar, Mario Limonta. Pioneering Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez’s radical narrative-documentary hybrid delivers a complex critique of regressive machismo in a post-revolutionary Cuba, in the first feature directed by a Cuban woman. 78min. Sat, Feb 18 at 4:30pm
ANIMATION PROGRAM This program spotlights the contributions of black women to the art of animation: Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (Ayoka Chenzira, 1984), a musical satire on the politically charged subject of African-American hair; Zajota and the Boogie Spirit (Ayoka Chenzira, 1990), a rhythmic celebration of African dance with a score by Mino Cinelu; Picking Tribes (S. Pearl Sharp, 1988), about a young girl navigating her identity as a black Native American; and A Powerful Thang (Zeinabu irene Davis, 1991), an inventive mix of live-action and animation exploring sex, love, and relationships. 94min. Sun, Feb 19 at 4:30pm
NAMIBIA: INDEPENDENCE NOW! (1985) Dirs. Pearl Bowser & Christine Choy. This urgent, eye-opening documentary, shot inside refugee camps in Zambia and Angola, is an essential record of the role that women played in the struggle for South-West African liberation. 55min. Mon, Feb 20 at 7pm
THE CRUZ BROTHERS AND MISS MALLOY (1980) Dir. Kathleen Collins. With Randy Ruiz, Jose Machado, Lionel Pina. This recently restored lost treasure from Kathleen Collins is a magical realist tale of three Puerto Rican brothers and their father’s ghost. 54min. Tue, Feb 21 at 7pm
SUGAR CANE ALLEY (1983) Dir. Euzhan Palcy. With Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck. Set in a small village in the early 1930s, a teenage orphan sets out to make something of himself in acclaimed director Euzhan Palcy’s gorgeous vision of black life in French colonial Martinique. 104min. Thu, Feb 23 at 7pm
Join us for a screening at 5:10pm of Daughters of the Dust followed by a Q&A with Filmmaker Julie Dash, moderated by Michelle Materre
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Michelle Materre’s professional background spans decades of experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer and college professor. In 1992, the company she co-founded along with her three partners, KJM3 Entertainment Group, was responsible for the successful U.S. distribution and marketing of DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST. Her critically acclaimed film series, Creatively Speaking, has been a premiere forum for presenting works by and about women and people of color for twenty-one years. In February 2015, Creatively Speaking co-presented the unprecedented film series “Tell It Like it Is: Black Independents in NYC 1968-1986”, with The Film Society of Lincoln Center which was awarded the Film Heritage Award by the National Society of Film Critics. She recently co-produced the ground-breaking documentary by Crystal Emery, BLACK WOMEN IN MEDICINE, which was called an “inspiring doc” and “essential viewing” by film critic Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times. In addition to holding a position as Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School, Ms. Materre is also an independent media consultant, advising filmmakers and organizations on fundraising, distribution, marketing, and exhibition strategies. Ms. Materre is a current member of the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies; former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television; a recipient of the “Distinguished Teaching Award” from The New School in 2005; a recipient of The Pen and Brush Society’s “Accomplished Women in the Arts” Award; as well as a featured artist in the much-acclaimed annual journal documenting contemporary artists, Artist and Influence.
Join us for the re-release of Daughters of the Dust 25 years after its original theatrical premiere at the Film Forum!
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Times: 12:30pm 2:45pm 5:10pm 7:25pm 9:45pm
Tickets: $8.00 Member $14.00 Regular
Box Office: 212-727-8110
For more information visit: http://filmforum.org/film/daughters-of-the-dust-film
In Haitian culture, "Fête des Morts" is a time of honoring the ancestors with offerings of food and music. Not unlike Halloween, this holiday originates in the indigenous religion of "Voudou". In most Western societies, "Vodou" is not understood and typically seen in a negative light, however, it is actually a celebration of the history, religion and people of Haiti. The films highlighted in this program offer a different perspective in an attempt to transform the imagination of out audience.
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Check out our programming schedule:
Friday, October 28
Liberty in a Soup
Dudley Alexis / 2016 / 68min
Every New Year, and in celebration of their Independence, Haitian families gather together to feast in honor of a line of ancestors that fought for their freedom. The centerpiece of the festivity is the joumou soup—a traditional soup dating back centuries ago. The joumou soup is a concretization of war and victory, oppression and emancipation, and the deeply rooted celebratory traditions of the Haitian culture. In “Liberty in a Soup” we follow two Haitian families and a chef living in Gonaïves, Haiti and Miami, FL, to see how they celebrate and prepare the joumou soup for their Independence Day celebration. We embark on a three-day journey with each family as they showcase the ritual of their feast from the market to the kitchen and reveal the importance of keeping the joumou soup tradition alive. Follow us as we explore the historical events of what we’ve come to know as the Haitian Revolution and its worldwide impact.
Miriam Neptune / 2013 / 15min
Saturday, October 29
1:00pm & 5:45pm
La Belle Vie: The Good Life
Rachelle Salnave / 2014 / 62min
In this story of self-discovery, Haitian-American filmmaker Rachelle Salnave, documents her desire to find people who manage to share similar identity issues and turn love for their country into positive change.
Jonathan David Kane / 2014 / 10min
3:15pm & 8:00pm
The Other Side of the Water
Magali Damas & Jeremy Robin / 2010 / 77mins
The Other Side of the Water follows a 20-year journey of the Haitian-American community, told through the lens of a vodou-based walking band in Brooklyn. The music is called “Rara”: part-vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest. Rara originally served as a voice of the slaves in their revolt against the French and continued on as the voice of those struggling against ongoing dictatorship in Haiti.
Haiti: One Day One Destiny
Michele Stephenson / 2011 / 21min
Sunday, October 30
1:00pm & 5:30pm
Too Black to be French
Isabelle Boni-Claverie / 2015 / 52min
In this documentary film, Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores the role of race and the persistence of racism in France, as well as the impact of the French colonial past. Through an exploration of her personal family history, and interviews with historians and academics, TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH peels back the layers of race relations in a supposedly institutionally colorblind France.
Needed But Unwanted
Susan Farkas / 2015 / 12min
3:00pm & 7:00pm
Storming of Papa Doc
Mario Delatour / 2014 / 90min
Storming Papa Doc captures one of the most haunting blockades in Haitian history. This documentary tells the story of events that occurred on July 28, 1958, when three ex-army officers from Florida went to Haiti, landed in Delugé, north of Port-au-Prince. They take possession of Dessalines’ Barracks located behind the National Palace. Their goal: the removal of Haitian President, Dr. François Duvalier. The three Haitian officers are accompanied by five American mercenaries. Director Mario Delatour captures this memorable siege through the use of animation and intercuts the story by documenting real life interviews from the people who survived the violent show down. For the generation who lived through this era, the night of July 28th, 1958 changed the course of Haitian history forever.
In collaboration with Black Documentary Collective we'll be hosting the screenings on August 30th at 7pm or 9:15pm @ the Cinema Village
***Followe by Q&A with Dr. Rachele Yarborough and Guest celebrity -- actor Lamman Rucker (Greenleaf, Meet the Browns)***
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Times: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 9:15pm