12-hour Twitter Takeover by Female Filmmakers

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12-HOUR TWITTER TAKEOVER by FEMALE FILMMAKERS

To usher in Women’s History mMnth, ARRAY, filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s film collective, interviewed 30 women filmmakers on Twitter. I was glad to be part of the lineup, which included sisters of cinema who have created powerful films

Take a look.

Black Women Film Directors featured at BAM?

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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991

Early films by Ayoka Chenzira

Early films by Ayoka Chenzira

Black women film directors are being featured this month at BAMcinématek in New York. I’m glad to have three of my early films included in the mix (Syvilla: They Dance to Her Drum, Hairpiece: a film for nappyheaded people and Zajota & the Boogie Spirit}

Most of the films in the festival you probably have never heard of. These films were primarily created and shown in the 70s, 80s and 90s and exhibited in film festivals in the U.S. and abroad and through the education market.

In my opinion, the films are quite special. They were made during a time when Black filmmakers were primarily in conversation with our communities and not with Hollywood. Funding opportunities were limited and mostly nonexistent. Women fought to bring their films to the screen. I am talking pre-video frame-by-frame film. These sister women friends were and remain remarkable.

It’s a great festival and well worth your time

ALMA’S RAINBOW SOUNDTRACK

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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE IN JANUARY TO SAY HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you all of the wonderful things that you wish for yourself.

This year I have several projects to complete – and a few new ones on the horizon.

At the moment, I’m excited that the soundtrack for my first feature film, Alma’s Rainbow (1993) will soon be available. I’ve reconnected with the composer, Jean-Paul Bourelly – who’s been living in Germany for the last 25 years. He’s an incredible musician — lots of experimentation with different genres in his personal work.  For Alma’s Rainbow he went jazz, blues and funk old school and new.  Love working with him.

Soon to be available. Really soon

The Urban Chameleons with Funnel Cake Flowers

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On Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 P.M. I will be directing
THE URBAN CHAMELEONS with FUNNEL CAKE FLOWERS
 
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The show is Real Time with Bill Maher meets SNL and examines the miscommunication that often occurs between people of various races and ethnicities in corporate and social settings, as well as in the media.
 
Who are today’s Urban Chameleons? People of color who flip between CNN and Love & Hip Hop, listen to Adele and Chance the Rapper, eat fried chicken and sushi, shop at the Dollar store and Gucci. People who understand that to chameleon is a survival technique and a skill.
 
The show is a quirky, irreverent, satire and the 2nd iteration of a grand experiment. Those easily offended probably should not watch but instead tell a friend who isn’t so easily offended.
 
You can watch the live-stream of the performance on www.tickles.tv and join the discussion on Twitter #ticklestvFCFLIVESHOW
 
If you are in Atlanta and want to come to the recording of the show, send me a message.
 
BTW — The original live stage show version ran Off Broadway in New York as part of the International Fringe Festival and the United Solo Theatre Festival. It has been described as a fresh, modern-day spin on civil rights activist W.E.B Dubois’s theory of Double Consciousness.
 
Best of all, those of us who are parents and caretakers of children often wonder what those children will be like when they grow up. Looks like my daughter grew up to be creative and quite a bit cheeky. Congrats to Haj House for creating the show and pulling it all together.

OUR ELECTRIC FISH INSTALLATION

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OUR ELECTRIC FISH INSTALLATION IN URUGUAY

Isn’t it wonderful when you get to create something new with a great team? And to go to Uruguay, considered one of the most progressive countries.

I had the opportunity to work on an interactive installation that is lit by the discharges of electric eels.

It’s a Spelman College project that is the brainchild of one of our biologists who is looking to better understand electric fish. The forms were created with the 3D printer in our Innovation Lab and then heated to transform the shape.

Along with biologist, Gene McGinnis, sculptor, Joe Bigley, engineer,  Jerry Volcy and students Jordan Daniels and Celeste Braddock we were invited to bring a wonderful installation to life in a courtyard in Montevideo Uruguay.

The project will be installed at Spelman in the fall along with a film about how it was made.

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