Welcome Again to Ayomentary

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Yes, it’s true, I’m no longer posting on the popular social media platforms, only here on my website.  I just got tired of feeding the social media bear. If you were once following me elsewhere and are now taking a look at my blog, welcome.

I’ve been working on self portraits.  Some formal, some less so.  This particular one is composed of many separate photos all taken in a small room in my house.  The original is about 30 x 40 and I’m looking forward to printing it out in a few weeks.      

DIGITAL REMINDER BRACELET

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  PROTOTYPING A UNIQUE PERSONAL DIGITAL BRACELET Many of you know how much I like bracelets so here in the video you can see that I’ve made a large one as a tribute. I spent the month of June at New York University’s ITP Camp with three of my colleagues from Spelman College. ITP stands for Interactive Telecommunications Program. The camp is a place to play with physical, electronic and digital tools and meet new people with similar interests.  It’s right up my alley.  There’s lots of workshops to attend for both low and high tech platforms and you can either choose to make something or not. I decided to make a prototype for an object that will remind me to step away from my computer and take a moment to do something nice for myself or someone else — drink water, go for a walk, tell a friend that I love them… When I’m not wearing my Reminder Bracelet it can sit on my desk as a gentle reminder to connect to the other parts of my life.  Currently the lights are programmed to turn on every hour, stay on for two minutes and then go off. The prototype is made of cardboard cut on a laser cutter (see previous post), resin, color pigment, a NeoPixel Digital RGB LED strip, battery and an RTC (real time clock). Programming is done in Arduino. Now that I’ve prototyped, I’m ready to make the actual bracelet.

Needle Felting

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Ayo’s Needle Felt Winged Arm Piece

Who knew that I would enjoy needle felting?! — which I never heard of before going to the ITP camp. It’s low tech and fabulous, relaxing and forgiving.  Thanks to master needle felter Valerie Carew for the lesson.  

Store Trailers

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Some of my earlier films are available for rent, sale or as a collection on DVD for your personal enjoyment.  Below you can view the trailers.  For more information, visit the store.
ALMAS-RAINBOW ALMA’S RAINBOW A FEMALE RITE-OF-PASSAGE ROMANTIC COMEDY DRAMA! “…a hip urban sitcom…” – THE NEW YORK TIMES “…a richly seasoned dish with humorous seasoning. Much appreciated by the Italian audience when it opened the African Film Festival in Milan.” – VARIETY Ayomentary-Watch-Trailer

A-FILM-FOR-NAPPYHEADED-PEOPLE HAIR PIECE: A FILM FOR NAPPYHEADED PEOPLE “…EXUBERANT…ECCENTRIC…JUBILANT..LIGHTHEARTED ANIMATION WITH AN EDGE” JANET MASLIN THE NEW YORK TIMES “…raucous, brash and exceedingly funny.” LOS ANGELES FILM REPORT Ayomentary-Watch-Trailer

IN-THE-RIVERS-OF-MERCY-ANGST IN THE RIVERS OF MERCY ANGST “…like a long beautiful painting…Remarkable images…The mystery of it keeps one involved. CAMERAON BAILEY TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Ayomentary-Watch-Trailer

MOTV-My-Own-TV MOTV (My Own TV) … risk-taking filmmaking at its best … Director Ayoka Chenzira deftly weaves the bleak images in with the uplifting ones and repeatedly succeeds in striking the emotional jugular in the process through performances and visuals. VARIETY Ayomentary-Watch-Trailer

SENTRY-AT-THE-GATE SENTRY AT THE GATE: The Comedy of Jane Galvin Lewis Jane Galvin-Lewis is not a stand-up comedian, but a stand up novelist! GLORIA STEINEM Funny, poignant and smart describe the inventive character comedy of Jane Galvin-Lewis, featured in this performance film with seven of her characters that provide unblinking insight into American Culture. Ayomentary-Watch-Trailer

ZAJOTA-THE-BOOGIE-SPIRIT

ZAJOTA & THE BOOGIE SPIRIT

WINNER OF THE SONY INNOVATOR AWARD

The gyrating foot-stomping, hip-shaking, high-stepping, hand-clapping, sashaying Boogie Spirit witnesses something that changes her life forever.

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DVD-Full-Product-72dpi BLACK INDIE CLASSICS COLLECTION volume I   A signed two disc DVD collection featuring the early films of Ayoka Chenzira.   Ayomentary-Watch-Trailer