CREATIVELY SPEAKING SHORT FILMS SHOWCASE
CREATIVELY SPEAKING IS HOSTING A SHORT FILM PROGRAM ENTITLED "IDEALIZED NOTIONS OF BEAUTY AND THE BLACK BODY" ON SATURDAY, JULY 14TH AT 2:45 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE AS PART OF THE BLERD CITY CONFERENCE
FILMS TO BE SCREENED ARE:
BAARTMAN, BEYONCE AND ME BY NATALIE BULLOCK BROWN- 14 MINUTES
This work in progress for an upcoming feature documentary recently WOWED audiences at the American Black Film Festival 2018 in Miami! Dealing with issues of black women and their search for an idealized notion of beauty, this film even in its current format brings to light some of the most pressing issues of our times for black women in America. We are thrilled that Natalie has consented to allow us to show this work in progress, and is currently seeking contributions to her GoFundMe campaign to complete the feature length documentary.
Natalie Bullock Brown is an Assistant Professor of Saint Augustine's University with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Baartman, Beyoncé and Me is her first feature documentary film as director, producer and writer. Skilled in Research, Grant writing, Curriculum Design, Programming, and Higher Education Administration, Natalie has a Master of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) focused in Film Production from Howard University. She is an experienced documentary film producer with 20 plus years combined experience in Producing, Archival Research, Archival Licensing, Production Management, and Directing.
CHARCOAL BY FRANCESCA ANDRE- 5 MINUTES
Charcoal captures the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance and ultimately redemption. Despite the vast distances between them, these women both face a barrage of social messages from strangers and loved ones alike. Charcoal exemplifies a valiant attempt to disrupt the
generational cycle of self-hatred within communities of color.
Francesca Andre is a filmmaker, photographer and producer with a Masters’ degree in
film and television from Sacred Heart University. Her career began in front of the
camera as a commercial print model. She is now the co-founder, creative director and
producer at Optik 21, a photography and video company. Her photography work has
circulated in many well-known publications such as the New York Post, New York Daily
News, and News Day, to name a few. Her award winning short film, Charcoal has been
screened at several US and International film festivals and extensively critically
MAMA SAID NO WHITE BARBIES BY TIYE AMENECHI- 12 MINUTES
This short narrative is a heart-wrenching and all too familiar look at what young black girls deal with as they mature to adulthood in today’s society. The short has screened at the Museum of Moving Image and Metrograph Cinema, and was part of Tiye’s portfolio while a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Tiye Amenechi, a Bronx native, is a recent graduate of Film and Television at New York
University’s Tisch School of the arts. An alumna of The Ghetto Film School, she has directed numerous short film projects and has created two 30 second and 15 second spots for Levi and Jordan in collaboration with Wieden+Kenendy. She has directed a short film shot on location in Kiev, Ukraine that is now apart of a special edition Criterion Collection anthology DVD. Tiye has a wide array of professional experience, including interning at Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories Productions as well as working for Cary Fukunaga. She was awarded the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship and was mentored bydocumentarian Heidi Ewing while there.
BLACK AMERICA AGAIN BY BRADFORD YOUNG, MARC THOMAS, EDITOR AND SOUND DESIGNER WILL ATTEND – 22 minutes
This short film is the actual music video for renowned musician Common’s 11 th studio album by the same name, “Black America Again.” This video is the directorial debut for cinematographer extraordinaire, Bradford Young (Selma, The Arrival), and shares several of the powerful messages portrayed in the four short films in this program. We are pleased to have Marc Thomas, the editor and sound designer on the film joining us for the Q&A.
Bradford Young is an American cinematographer. His feature films as director of
photography include White Lies, Black Sheep (2007), Pariah (2011), Restless City
(2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Mother of George (2013), and Arrival (2016). In January 2017, Young became the first African-American cinematographer to be nominated for an Academy Award, for his work on Arrival. Black America Again is Bradford’s directorial debut.
FRANCESCA ANDRE, MARC THOMAS AND TIYE AMENECHI JOIN OUR LEAD CURATOR, MICHELLE MATERRE FOR THE Q&A FOLLOWING THE SCREENING.