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About the Black Women’s Film Conference
The Black Women’s Film Conference convenes Black women and non-binary filmmakers from all over the world to share work, discuss the craft, exchange filmmaking strategies, and build community. Throughout the course of the conference, we explore the current landscape of cinema and the intersections of history, filmmaking, and political action.
About New Negress Film Society
The New Negress Film Society is a collective of Black women and non-binary filmmakers who coordinate public programming and produce films that center the voices and experiences of Black non-binary, women and girls. The work we create, the programming we offer, and the conversations we facilitate are all rooted in a legacy of collective artmaking, institution-building, and consciousness-raising grounded in the personal and political realities of Black people. We protect the integrity of our artistic process from the harms of commercialization and commodification, and we believe the best protection is collectivizing.
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- September 10, 2020
6:30pm A Conversation with the New Negress Film Society6:30pm - 7:30pmThe second annual Black Women’s Film Conference kicks off with a conversation between members of New Negress Film Society. Together, they’ll share their origin story and discuss the legacy of collective artmaking rooted in the personal and political realities of Black people across the globe.
- September 11, 2020
6:30pm The House of Numa: A Retrospective6:30pm - 7:30pmCurator Dessane Lopez Cassell joins Numa Perrier for a live conversation about the filmmaker’s visual art practice and upcoming work. Dessane Lopez Cassell is a curator, writer, and editor based in New York. Born and (mostly) raised in New York City, her research interests include contemporary art, experimental film, and artist’s moving image from the Caribbean and African diasporas and beyond. Numa Perrier was born in Haiti and raised in small town USA. She is an actress, writer, filmmaker, and visual artist. She produces and develops TV and film projects under her production banner House of Numa. She trained in acting under Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and Polina Klimovitskaya in NYC. You can watch Numa Perrier's selection of short films plus a clip from her feature debut JEZEBEL from September 6-12 on The New Negress Film Society's YouTube page. More information will be made available closer to the event.
- September 17, 2020
6:30pm Transcendence: a conversation with Shirley Bruno and Haley Elizabeth Anderson6:30pm - 7:30pmFilmmakers Shirley Bruno (TEZEN) and Haley Elizabeth Anderson (PILLARS) discuss their unique approaches to coming-of-age tales. Shirley Bruno's films draw from her heritage preserving and radicalizing her ancestral traditions and mythologies. She (re)creates modern myths that expose the impermanence between the material and spiritual, documentary and fiction, between collective memory and history. Investigating the everyday, the Sacred, and the intimate violence in the things left unsaid which mark us, her films take their point of departure from neglected histories as well as from rumors, dreams, superstitious beliefs, memories both real and imagined. Haley Elizabeth Anderson is a filmmaker, writer, and photo-based visual artist from Houston, Texas. She recently graduated from New York University’s Graduate Film Program as a Dean’s Fellow. With roots across the American South and Gulf Coast, and a background in playwriting and poetry, her work revolves around fragile, indefinable emotions in coming-of-age experiences and memories; race and familial mythology, and the ever-growing class-divide through mundane but significant moments of human vulnerability and intimacy. Although her work is often a meditation on personal histories and identity, she is interested in examining these ideas within a global landscape, experimenting with natural environments and cinematic language. You can watch Shirley Bruno's Tezen and Haley Elizabeth Anderson's Pillars from September 13-19 on The New Negress Film Society's YouTube page. More information will be made available closer to the event.
- September 18, 2020
6:30pm The Specificity of Place: a conversation with Diana Peralta and Faren Humes6:30pm - 7:30pmFilmmakers Diana Peralta (DE LO MIO) and Faren Humes (LIBERTY) on crafting narratives grounded in a specific setting. Diana Peralta is a filmmaker, producer, and writer from New York City. Her debut feature DE LO MIO (HBO) had its world premiere as the closing night film of BAMcinemaFest in June 2019. The film was awarded "Best Narrative Feature" at IndieMemphis Film Festival in 2019 and "Best Film" at Riverrun International Film Festival in 2020. Diana was featured in Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film". She currently works as a Sr. Producer at Revlon, Inc. Her work as a producer on the short documentary LA FERIA CONCRETA was screened as part of the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion installation at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Faren Humes is a writer/director from Miami, Florida. Her work melds documentary and narrative conventions in social realist portrayals of Black southern communities across Florida. Her films have screened with special recognition at Berlinale, Internationale Kurzfilmtage, SXSW, AFI and Miami Film Festival. She has held fellowships with Film Independent, Knight Foundation, Sundance Institute and Oolite, among others. You can watch Faren Humes's Liberty and Diana Peralta's De Lo Mio from September 13-19 on The New Negress Film Society's YouTube page. More information will be made available closer to the event. Upcoming Conference Events Thursday, 9/24 - Working with the Archive: a conversation with Ja’Tovia Gary, Rikki Wright, and Blvck Vrchives’ Renata Cherlise Friday, 9/25 - Love Songs for the Lost: a conversation with Sophia Nahli Allison and Keisha Rae Witherspoon Thursday, 10/1 - Filming the Self: a conversation with Gessica Geneus, Angelique Webster, and Iyabo Kwayana Friday, 10/2 - Closing Night Party with DJ DOUZE
- September 24, 2020
6:30pm Working with the Archive: a conversation with Ja’Tovia Gary, Rikki Wright, and Blvck Vrchives’ Renata Cherlise6:30pm - 7:30pmJa’Tovia Gary (THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT), Rikkí Wright (A SONG ABOUT LOVE) & Renata Cherlise (BLVCK VRCHIVES) discuss the Archive and liberation. Ja’Tovia Gary is an artist and filmmaker. Gary’s work seeks to liberate the distorted histories through which Black life is often viewed. Through documentary film and experimental video art, Gary charts the ways structures of power shape our perceptions around representation, race, gender, sexuality, and violence. In 2017 Gary was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Filmmaking. Her award-winning films have screened at festivals, cinemas, and institutions worldwide. She has received generous support from Sundance Documentary fund, the Jerome Foundation, Doc Society, among others. She was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee. Rikkí Wright is a Photographer and Filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work explores notions of community and sisterhood, especially among women of color, and looks at the way a community can mold or expand our ideas of femininity and masculinity, strength and beauty. Renata Cherlise is a multidisciplinary, research-based visual artist who uses various mediums to explore themes of identity, familial interiors, and cultural practices. Cherlise’s work seamlessly bridges her southern upbringing with contemporary methodologies in digital and physical spaces while reimagining notions of the Black experience. Her archival project, Blvck Vrchives, has evolved from a photo-based website of visual narratives, into a collaborative platform featuring archival histories and modern-day stories from across the African diaspora. You can watch Ja’Tovia Gary's The Giverny Document and Rikkí Wright's A Song About Love from September 20-26 on The New Negress Film Society's YouTube page. More information will be made available closer to the event.
- September 25, 2020
6:30pm Love Songs for the Lost: a conversation with Sophia Nahli Allison and Keisha Rae Witherspoon6:30pm - 7:30pmSophia Nahli Allison (A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA) and Keisha Rae Witherspoon (T) discuss creating and mirroring the legacies of our lost ones. Sophia Nahli Allison is a black queer radical dreamer, experimental documentary filmmaker + photographer and LA native. She disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. A meditation of the spirit, her work conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling. She is a 2020 United States Artists Fellow in Film and has held residencies at MacDowell, The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France., The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and POV Spark's African Interactive Art Residency. Her film A Love Song For Latasha premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and received the Grand Jury Documentary Prize at AFI Fest, along with Best Documentary Short awards at the New Orleans Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, and will premiere on Netflix this September. She is currently working on her long term project Dreaming Gave Us Wings. Keisha Rae Witherspoon is an independent Caribbean-American filmmaker based in Miami. Her work is driven by interests in science, speculative fiction, and fantasy, as well as documenting the unseen and unheralded nuances of diasporic peoples. She is also co-founder of Third Horizon, a Caribbean film collective that stages the annual Third Horizon Film Festival in her hometown. Her short film T world-premiered at BlackStar Film Festival 2019 where it won audience award for best short film. It went on to screen at Sundance and win the Golden Bear for best short film at Berlinale. She is currently writing a black sci-fi set in Opa-locka, Florida, which has received early development support from Sundance, Cinereach and SFFilm/Westridge. This will be her feature directorial debut. You can watch Sophia Nahli Allison's A Love Song For Latasha and Keisha Rae Witherspoon's T from September 20-26 on The New Negress Film Society's YouTube page. More information will be made available closer to the event.
- October 1, 2020
6:30pm Filming the Self: Gessica Geneus, Angelique Webster, & Iyabo Kwayana6:30pm - 7:30pmFilmmakers Gessica Geneus (DOUVAN JOU KA LEVE), Iyabo Kwayana (PRACTICE) & Angelique Webster (RESPECT & LOVE) on personal documentary film. Gessica Geneus is a writer, director, and producer. She started her acting career at 17, playing in Barikad, a long-feature by Richard Sénécal. She then collaborated with various Haitian and international film directors. Recently, she played in a TV movie on Toussaint Louverture, directed by Philippe Niang and produced by France 2. Iyabo Kwayana is an independent filmmaker and cinematographer who uses sensorial and immersive techniques in cinematography, directing and editing in order to “mobilize and amplify" the more discreet, often hidden aspects of film narratives, compelling viewers towards an immersive, supra-sensorial, and transformative experience. Angelique Webster is a filmmaker and educator. She graduated from Lincoln University and received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since 2003, she has worked with community members to use media as a tool to share their stories and the importance of media literacy. Angelique recently finished her first short film entitled “Respect and Love”. She lives in Worcester, MA with her wife Isabel and 4 year old daughter Vivian. You can watch Gessica Geneus's Douvan Jou Ka Leve, Iyabo Kwayana's Practice, and Angelique Webster's Respect & Love from September 27-October 3 on The New Negress Film Society's YouTube page. More information will be made available closer to the event.
- October 2, 2020
6:30pm Closing Night Party with DJ DOUZE6:30pm - 7:30pmJoin us as we wrap the second annual Black Women’s Film Conference with DJ DOUZE! A huge THANK YOU to all of our guests for making this year’s conference so incredibly special. Time to celebrate with DJ DOUZE for our closing night party! Stay blessed!
September 10 (Thursday) - October 2 (Friday)