A film night to spotlight voices under heard or unseen. A night to re-view and re-frame perceptions and interpretations of the lived experiences of people of color. Featuring films by Yisa Fermin, Lindsay Catherine Harris, Jamal Lewis, Fredgy Noel and Esteban del Valle.
Q & A with filmmakers to follow screenings!
Filmaker: Yisa Fermin
Synopsis: SHADES is a new web series working to promote the visibility and representation of young artists and art administrators of color working in New York City. These video portraits examine the core beliefs, thoughts, and passions driving the subject's endeavors and how their experience of race in the art world affects their work. SHADES will proudly premiere at Black Artstory Month.
Screening: Evoking the Mulatto
Filmaker:Lindsay Catherine Harris
Synopsis: Evoking the Mulatto is a multiplatform narrative and visual art project examining black mixed identity in the 21st century, through the lens of the history of racial classification in the United States. Featuring filmed interviews with young artists and activists, photography, animation, and historical mappings, this interactive video art project seeks to address a relevant contemporary issue by glimpsing at its chronicle. www.evokingthemulatto.com
Screening: Too Little Time To Love
Filmaker: Esteban del Valle (also featured window mural at Ingersoll Community Center)
Synopsis: For "Too Little Time To Love," Esteban del Valle recreated a 1963 Ford Galaxy in his studio while at the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY. The sculpture was built from wood, foam, cardboard, and covered in collaged images of the car itself. The Ford Galaxy functioned as a set for a monologue comprised solely of quotes taken from speeches delivered by Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi. The monologue rearranged exact quotes to create a script that resembled one side of a heated dialogue, resulting in a narrative involving love, betrayal, violence, and murder. The scene unfolds over the span of a simulated car ride down Martin Luther King Kr. Boulevard in New York, and was performed by del Valle while wearing mask composed of the faces of all three historical figures combined.
Screening: Milking It
Filmmaker: Fredgy Noel
Synopsis: Milking It is a quirky yet thoughtful film that challenges notions related to aging, race, and female solidarity. It's both comedic and dramatic, with moments of surrealism. The story itself follows a presumably motherless young woman (Josephine) through three successive relationships, as she seduces men with the sole purpose of befriending their moms.
Screening: No Fats, No Femmes
Filmmaker: Jamal Lewis (also a panelist for Art as Protest, Protest as Art Conversation on Feb 12!)
Synopsis: No Fats, No Femmes interrogates and explores desire, the politics of desirability, and the ways in which they are informed and shaped by media, pop culture, and capitalism through interviews, archival research, and performance. The film engages the phrase “no fats, no femmes,” which is popularly used on queer social networking/dating sites, through the personal narrative(s) of 5 Black and Brown queer, trans, fat, femme, and disabled people.
More info on the Filmmakers can be found at:
www.lindsaycatherine.com / @sirrahyasdnil
www.jamaltlewis.com / @evolsicisum
www.fredgynoel.com / @fredgyfresh
Esteban del Valle
www.estebandelvalle.com / @estebandelvalle112
Presented by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership in collaboration with Pratt Institute, re-work/re-frame, A Night of Short Films & Documentaries is part of Black Artstory Month 2016 titled, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. The series of FREE performances, talks, film screenings, and public art experiences celebrate the enduring influences and contributions that African Americans have made and are making within the visual and performing arts worlds. Coinciding with Black History Month, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED will transform Myrtle Avenue into a cultural destination with window murals, art exhibits and events featuring the work of 50 artists.myrtleavenue.org/blackartstory
This event has limited capacity. Please arrive early. Lineup is subject to change.