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Reel Sisters Awards Ceremony & Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am Screening

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Reel Sisters honors actress and author Nana Camille Yarbrough and hosts screening & conversation on 'Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am.'

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On Friday, October 11, 2019 at 6 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning performance artist, author and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with our distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award for her outstanding contributions to film, television, literature and performing arts over six decades. The Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award will be presented to Sandra Guzman, producer and lead interviewer of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, and pioneering filmmaker Leslie Harris, director of the classic film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Cash prizes will also be presented to our award-winning filmmakers.

Reel Sisters will celebrate the evening with a screening of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am. Following the film, Malaika Adero, former VP/Senior Editor of Atria (Simon & Schuster), will moderate a conversation with Sandra Guzman and artist/scholar/cultural worker OlaRonke Akinmowo, founder of The Free Black Women's Library.

Award-winning producer/actress Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), our 2019 festival curator, will serve as our esteemed Mistress of Ceremonies for an exciting evening of fun, film and networking!

The event will be held at the SVA Theater, 333 West 23 Street on 8 Ave. Tickets: $35 or $30 (Bring A Pal discount).

REEL SISTERS HATTIE MCDANIEL HONOREE

CAMILLE YARBROUGH is an award-winning performance artist, author and cultural activist. With a career that spans over sixty years, several continents, countless awards and accolades, Nana Camille has earned legendary status. She continues to inspire audiences today via Ancestor House, a local, long-running television show of sixteen years, her popular music album (also entitled Ancestor House), and performances and lectures focusing on poetry, music, Black art, spirituality, and culture.

She began her career as a dancer, singer, and actress touring with the Katherine Dunham Company. During this period she honed her performance and producing gifts and immersed herself in an independent study of African people throughout the Diaspora. Yarbrough was enstooled in New York by Abladei, Inc. (Ghanaian) as Naa Kuokor Agyman 1, founder of the Stool House of Harriet Tubman and was given the honorary title of “Nana.”

Camille Yarbrough has been presented with the Lorraine Hansberry Award by the Goodman Theater in Chicago, the Unity Award in Media by Lincoln University of Missouri, the Parents Choice Award, and accolades from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Her article, "Today I Feel Like I Am Somebody," was published in the drama section of The New York Times. Her three part article, "Black Dance In America," was published in The Black Collegian, while her photo essay, "Female Style And Beauty in Ancient Africa” was published in Black Women in Antiquity, edited by Ivan Van Sertima. She has written four critically acclaimed books for children. Her album The Iron Pot Cooker was critically acclaimed and from it, her song “Take Yo' Praise” was sampled by Fat Boy Slim and became an international hit. Camille Yarbrough was a faculty member of the Black Studies Department at City College in New York for twelve years.

REEL SISTERS TRAILBLAZER HONOREES

Photo Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

SANDRA GUZMÁN is an Emmy-award winning journalist and documentarian whose work explores American identity at the intersection of culture, gender, race, sexuality, spirituality and ethnicity. Sandra was the last journalist to interview Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison for the acclaimed American Masters film, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.

Sandra’s work in documentary explores American identity — The Women’s List, The Latino List, and The Boomer List — and has aired on Netflix, HBO, and PBS for the American Masters portfolio. She was Associate Editor at The New York Post, where she created and edited a dozen feature sections focusing on New York’s religious, racial, and ethnic communities. Sandra is the former editor of Latina magazine and author of The New Latina’s Bible, a non-fiction book examining critical issues of contemporary Latinx women.

She is a frequent contributor to NBC News and writes thought pieces for CNN and other platforms.

Photo Credit: Erwin Wilson

LESLIE HARRIS, an award-winning writer/director/producer, is currently working on several features including a sequel to Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., and a documentary based on her experiences as one of the first African-American women to finance, produce and sell a feature directly to a major studio through her own production company. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. was released in 1993 on over 200 screens in the US and 20 countries worldwide. The feature won the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and was an official selection at the Tokyo, Toronto and Deauville film festivals. Leslie is the recipient of the IFP Gotham Open Palm Award, AFI Filmmaker Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts.

She wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short Bessie Coleman’s Dream to Fly for Showtime Networks. Coleman was the first African-American to receive a pilot’s license, two years before Amelia Earhart. Leslie’s new feature, I Love Cinema, a satire about sex, race and the alt-right media, is still looking for financing.

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