Shipping My Films to the Academy

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It’s official. I’ve packed up my films and sent them off to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences where they will be stored, preserved and eventually have a home in the Academy’s new museum, which is under construction. Wow!  A circular building.  Great energy.  I’m honored to be a part of the magnificent collection of films.

Animated Film Inducted into National Film Registry

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I’m still not over the shock of having my first animated film, Hair Piece: a film for nappyheaded people, as one of 25 films inducted into the National Film Registry in December 2018.  Selected films are considered to be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.  

How it works (so I’ve learned) is that the Librarian of Congress (yes, there is such a person) makes the annual selections to the Registry after reviewing thousands of titles nominated by the public and conferring with the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board and Library film curators. For the 2018 selection, 6,300 titles were nominated by the public.

Hair Piece has been exhibited in many parts of the world, but I never imagined that it would end up with this great honor. A big thanks to the national voters.  I’m still speechless.

Some of the other films inducted were Brokeback Mountain, Eve’s Bayou, Broadcast News, Jurassic Park and Cinderella.  To be interviewed by Leonard Maltin was also wonderful ad it was an honor to meet Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress.  She’s the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.

Here’s a link to an excerpt of my interview with Maltin:

http://tinyurl.com/y6kmhea8

Here’s a list of the films inducted:

http://tinyurl.com/yx9hbajv

Upcoming TEDxAtlanta talk

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Here is some behind the scenes photographs and footage of my preparation process for my upcoming TEDxAtlanta talk on March 15th, 2019 at the Realto Theater. I am really excited to show my new photography work.

It’s official I’m DGA

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IT’S OFFICIAL — I’M DGA!

Frankly, I never thought that I would become a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), but it’s now official, and I am grinning from ear to ear.

Queen Sugar kissed and signed in to the guild by my Sisters in Cinema Ava DuVernay, Neema Barnette and Julie Dash, I am in fabulous company and couldn’t be happier.

Sisters in Cinema BronzeLens Catalyst Award

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BronzeLens Catalyst Award

 

A fun day with Sisters in Cinema at the BronzeLens annual luncheon. Also an important event that since 2009 has celebrated women of color working in film and television.

I was honored in to receive the Superstar Catalyst Award along with Queen Sugar’s Tina Lifford (Aunt Vi) who received the Visionary Superstar Award and Samantha (Sam) Vincent producer of the eight films of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

It’s a wonderful event with women from various industries coming together to celebrate women of color working in film and television. Lots of cackling, looking at shoes and coifs, and cheek-to-cheek kissing.

Kathleen Bertrand, Deidre McDonald and Nnena U. Nchege do an amazing job of putting this event together.
The event took place August 24, 2018.