new short film: dreams (sueños)

July 9, 2008 § Leave a comment

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Here’s a link to info about a new piece I’ve been working on: dreams (sueños). It’s a short film that I think of as a visual poem in three parts. It is about the negotiation of the neighboring cities of Miami and Havana, both physically and politically. It will be in the show, Space is the Place, this summer at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, in Miami.

zora neale hurston film on pbs

April 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

A documentary about Zora Neale Hurston will air this week on PBS.

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

April 9, 2008 at 9 pm
Check local listings
Writer, cultural anthropologist, chronicler of folk roots and ethnic traditions, daughter of former slaves, Hurston was one of the most celebrated – and most controversial – figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

film festivals cancel sugar babies screening

February 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

from Alesh over at Critical Miami . . .

Is the Florida sugar industry suppressing documentaries about its labor practices? It would appear so. The Women’s Film Festival canceled a screening of Sugar Babies it “would create controversy and endanger [their] funding” and the Miami Film Festival has dropped the movie as well. See an older documentary here.

African and African-American art and film conference (free!)

October 22, 2007 § 3 Comments

Here & Now:
African and African American Art and Film Conference

Tisch/NYU Event

Date and Time:

November 15, 2007 ­ November 18, 2007
Please see schedule for more information

Multiple Venues
Here and Now: African and African American Art and Film Conference focuses
on contemporary expressions in art and cinema from multiple perspectives
within the realm of African and African American visual culture. This
four-day conference looks at how African and African American artists
interpreted, documented, chronicled, and created images over the last twenty
years. By re-examining visual history through the voices of artists, art
historians, filmmakers, photographers, activists, editors, writers,
collectors and gallerists, “Here and Now” encourages a diverse perspective
of the imagery created in the 21st century. For more information and a
schedule of events please visit: <>

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kiri davis takes 1st place for short film

July 30, 2007 § 2 Comments

Back in October 2006, on my old blogger blog, I posted a link to the video piece, A Girl Like Me, by Kiri Davis. Well, she recently took home first place in the Cosmo Girl Take Action Hollywood Film Contest. (Thanks, Carla, for the heads up!) Congratulations, Kiri!

The film explores self-image concerns of young black women, and the ever present effect of slavery, racism and discrimination in our society. When you hear girls explaining for themselves why they feel the way they do, it’s hard not to listen up, and be motivated to do something. If you haven’t seen the film yet, check it out here.

Kiri won a $10,000 grant from Take Action Hollywood, a Windows Vista Ultimate laptop, an iPod Shuffle, and a Target gift card.

Find out more about Davis:

Media That Matters Film Festival 

Baltimore Times article 

NPR discussion with Leonard Pitts about his op-ed piece referencing the film

KOMOTV news story (link to video)

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