is a series of lectures and presentations from prominent Black Cinematic Artists and Scholars. Lectures are free to attend and only require an RSVP.
This free event on zoom will feature a presentation by Temple FMA MFA Alum and visionary filmmaker and artist Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich. Ms. Hunt-Ehrlich’s often surreal works explore Black history and experiences, and her screenings include the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the New Orleans Film Festival, Doclisboa and the Blackstar Film Festival.
Philadelphia director and filmmaker filmmaker Yolanda Johnson-Young joins us on zoom. After the 2017 tragic loss of her 20-year-old son Elijah, a filmmaker, to suicide, she needed an outlet for her pain. She learned documentary filmmaking after receiving a full scholarship to attend Scribe Video Center’s inaugural Film Scholar program, supported by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. We look forward to having her here. documentary filmmaker. REGISTER HERE
This free event on zoom will feature a presentation by Melinda James, a Black and Thai cinematographer whose work encompasses documentaries, narratives, installations, commercials and music videos. Centering her work on women, QTBIPOC and underrepresented communities, James is drawn to the process of unearthing the nuances of people’s everyday lives. REGISTER HERE
This free event on zoom will feature a presentation by Ja’Tovia Gary, a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist working across documentary, avant-garde video art, sculpture and installation. She seeks to trouble notions of objectivity and neutrality in nonfiction storytelling by asserting a Black feminist subjectivity, and applies what scholar and cultural critic bell hooks terms “an oppositional gaze” as both maker and critical spectator of moving image works. REGISTER HERE
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Holmes founded BlackStar Film Festival in 2012 and serves as its Artistic Director and CEO. As a director, her works have screened internationally including her feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop (2006).
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The ILLUMINATIONS series is supported by The Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, and produced by The Department of Film & Media Arts and visitors are invited at the invitation of the Racial Justice Task Force. Image: The Giverny Document (2019); Directed, edited and animated by Ja’Tovia Gary.