ILLUMINATIONS: Black Cinematic Artists & Scholars Speaker Series

ILLUMINATIONS: Black Cinematic Artists & Scholars Speaker Series

Sep
22
Sep 22- Nov 17, 2021


ILLUMINATIONS Black Cinematic Artists & Scholars Speaker Series:
is a series of lectures and presentations from prominent Black Cinematic Artists and Scholars. Lectures are free to attend and only require an RSVP.  

ILLUMINATIONS series is supported by The Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, and produced by The Department of Film & Media Arts. The series is supported by the FMA Racial Justice Task Force.

SERIES INCLUDES: 

Fri. Sept 24, 5-7pm – Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich (MFA '15), filmmaker and artist
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.
REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, September 26, 6pm - Yolanda Johnson-Young   
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

 

Wednesday October 6, 6pm – Melinda James
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

Wednesday October 20, 6pm – Ja'Tovia Gary
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

Wed. Oct. 27, 7pm -- Maori Holmes (MFA '04), curator, filmmaker and writer 
LIVE at TPAC!

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).

Friday Nov. 12, 5pm -- Homer Jackson, mediamaker, educator, social practice 

Homer Jackson is an interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia with a background in curation, teaching and social service. He uses images, sounds, text, live performance, video, audience participation.
 

More information to come!

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.

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