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2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest

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The 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest is proud to return for its second year!

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The 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest is proud to return for its second year. This year’s festival will feature over 50 films including narratives, documentaries, music videos, web series, experimental films, and more! The BFS Film Fest takes place over three days (Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st) at the SNF Parkway Theatre at Charles Street and North Avenue.

The BFS Film Fest centers Black Femme filmmakers and re-envisions the Black Femme as a global protagonist, empowering their stories through film. In addition to screening films that face systemic barriers of sexism, racism, and classism, BFS Film Fest strives to foster an intentional community of filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

The theme of the festival this year is Access. Festival programs will elaborate on subjects such as Access to Power, Access to Guidance, and Access to Love. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a shorts program dedicated to Baltimore-made films, including B. Monet’s documentary Ballet After Dark and Antonio Hernadez’s documentary Indelible: Abdu Ali.

Friday’s Opening Night will feature Numa Perrier’s acclaimed film Jezebel.

Saturday’s programs include Mariama Diallo’s horror-comedy Hair Wolf and Iyabo Boyd’s surreal and introspective Me Time, as well as a Pitch Competition for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Sunday’s programs include Tchaiko Omawale’s coming-of-age feature Solace and Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel’s Happy Birthday Marsha, a documentary about the iconic transgender artist and activist Marsha Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

feature films

Jezebel

After losing her ailing mother, Tiffany follows the lead of her older sister and makes fast money as a cam girl under her alias; Jezebel. Directed by Numa Perrier.

Screening August 30th 8pm

2019 Black Femme Supremacy Festival Opener *Baltimore Premiere*

Q+A w/ director to follow

Maestrina De Favela

Director Falani Afrika traveled to Brazil for 10 years to document the life of Elem Silva a young black woman who started her own Samba Reggae band as a child. This is a work in progress screening and fundraiser to support the post production costs of this film. Directed by Falani Afrika.

Screening August 31st 1pm

Solace

A teenager on the cusp of college is sent to live with her estranged grandmother on the other side of the country after her father’s death. Directed by Tchaiko Omawale.

Screening w/ LoveLorn by Mecca Lewis

Screening September 1st 3:30pm

As Pastoras - Samba Chorus Singers

These women have a tough job, securing the legacy of samba music while ensuring that the next generation learns about what they’re inheriting, that is if they even want to let the new generation in. This film shines a light on As Pastoras, the samba chorus singers of the Samba school of Portela: Tia Surica, Neide Santana, Áurea Maria and Jane Carla. Directed by Juliana Chagas. Screening w/ POCCON by Alyssa Douglas.

Screening September 1st 1pm Q+A to follow

shorts programs

Defining Black

One of two flagship festival shorts programs; this years’ filmmakers grappled with access to blackness. What are all the ways we define Blackness, who gets to claim that title, and why? 70 mins

The Howl Over Earth Was Grave Thus Flowered You: Pt II, Stephanie Wallace. NEGRO - FINDING IDENTITY, Dash Harris Machado. Sankofa by Vivian Vivas. Second Generation Wedding, Lande Yoosuf. Before We Wrap, Liz Charles. Kaleidoscope Stories "Kelly Fyffe Marshall", Helena Morgane.

Screening August 31st 11am - Panel Discussion to follow

Defining Femme

One of two flagship festival shorts programs; this years’ filmmakers grappled with access to femininity. Who gets to call themselves feminine and who has had to fight for the title? 59 mins

Femme Queen Chronicles, Ahya Simone. Femme Sparks, Sierra McKenzie. #MISSAMERICA, Nayani Thiyagarajah. This is For Us, Shanel Edwards. Finding Nia, Nia Barge. More Dead, Ariella Tai. DOLL BABY, Britt Sankofa. Jamie Fulla Grace, Emily Eglin.

Screening August 31st 6pm - Panel Discussion to follow

Access to Genre

Horror, fantasy, sci fi; genre film is a staple in American cinema and yet has historically been the playground of white men.The films featured are just a glimpse in what could happen when black femme filmmakers are given access to Genre. 85 mins

The Woman at the end of the World, Ana do Carmo. The Call, Angel Hobbs. Empty, Cameron Morton. Hair Wolf, Mariama Diallo. Re-member, Eden Daniel. Queen of Hearts, Kyisha Williams and Lindsey Addawoo.

Screening August 31st 8:30pm - Panel Discussion to follow

Access to Love

Ah love… it’s everything to the black femme. Or is it? These shorts question “love”. Who can give it? Who charges for it? And how much does it cost the black femme to access it. 77 mins

Advice, Roland Morrison and Marquis Douglas. The Right Swipe, Justin Caselle. Going Down, Mezan Ayoka. Curiosity, Britt Sankofa. You Thought You Knew, Sierra McKenzie. Lovelorn, Mecca Lewis. Me Time,Iyabo Boyd. $ugar Maybe,Adrianna Cherelle.

Screening August 31st 3:30 pm - Panel Discussion to follow

Access to Guidance

These films are about access to parental guidance or the lack thereof because for better or worse, these are the people who make us who we are. 87 mins

Mothers are like Mirrors, Jacarrea Garraway. Lazy Day, Alicia Robinson. We Be The Same, Imani LeighFinding Phoebe, Sade Joseph Clacken. Second Generation Wedding, Lande Yoosuf. Tears from Heaven, Tyronne "Syranno" Wilkens. Sweeter, Emily Eglin.

Screening September 1st 11am - Panel Discussion to follow

Access to Power

If the personal is political and politics are all about power, where does the black femme find herself in the heiracarchy? These shorts are about all the ways black femmes grapple with power, or the lack thereof in their lives. 92 mins

Sad Girl Club, Nayani Thiyagarajah. Triggered: Street Harassment and Rape Culture in D.C.'s Ward 8, Liane Scott. Happy Birthday Marsha, Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel. Baobab Flowers, Gabriela Watson-Burkett.

Screening September 1st 3:30pm - Panel Discussion to follow

Home Grown Talent

From emerging auteurs to first timers filmmakers this block is full of Baltimore based talent. 92 mins

Lazy Day, Alicia Robinson. The Howl Over Earth Was Grave Thus Flowered You: Pt II, Stephanie Wallace. Jamie Fulla Grace, Emily Eglin. Indelible: Abdu Ali, Antonio Hernadez. Born With Flaws, Bunmi Abari. Finding Phoebe, Sade Joseph Clacken. BodyMore, Darren Mallett. Ballet After Dark, B. Monet. An Unconditional Giving, Nia Hampton. A Black Girl Country, Nia June.

Screening August 31st 1pm + September 1st 6pm

Panel Discussion to follow both screenings

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