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Great to be at New York University’s  ITP camp learning new things about physical, electronic and digital technologies.  Look forward to making new work and completing work that’s been on the table for a bit.  

12-hour Twitter Takeover by Female Filmmakers

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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