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Voices With Impact Premiere: Black Mental Health Film Showcase & Q&A

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The world premiere of 5 short films around the topic of Black mental health, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Films to be screened at this premiere on June 21 include:

  • "Still We Thrive" by Campbell X
  • "be•long" by Sideah Alladice
  • "Wholeness" by Jameelah Nuriddin
  • "On the Surface" by Fan Sissoko
  • "The Beautiful Black Man" by Calvin Walker

The premiere will be followed by a week-long festival of dialogue and discussion from June 22 - 24. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Limited seats are available for each, so please register early—we want to see you there!

Featuring:

Campbell X, "Still We Thrive"

Campbell X is a writer/director who directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature film STUD LIFE. Stud Life was voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made. It was also in Vogue magazine as one of the best films to watch in 2020. Stud Life was also selected by the British Film Institute as one of the top 8 queer films to view while we were all on lockdown. Campbell is currently developing his second feature fiction film produced by Stella Nwimo. Campbell is the Co-founder with Neelu Bhuman of Wahala Film Fund a completion fund for short films by and about QTIPOC people.

Fan Sissoko, "On the Surface"

Fan Sissoko is a French-Malian artist and designer based in Reykjavik. Living at the intersection of multiple cultures, she is interested in creating experiences that urge us to shed the layers of identity that separate us from others and to explore the hidden emotions that connect us instead. Storytelling is at the core of her practice. Her work has been commissioned by the Migration Museum, the Museum of London, the Science Gallery Dublin and the National Trust London. Her latest documentary, We The People (2019), has won the Film Futures Awards as part of Little Wing Film Festival 2020. In her work as a participatory designer, she partners with charities and the public sector to involve citizens in the design and delivery of health and care services

Jameelah Nuriddin, "Wholeness"

Jameelah Nuriddin is a socially conscious film and media producer, program director, and an award-winning film editor. With over 10 years in commercial production, Jameelah has had the pleasure of collaborating with top international brands like NIKE and Dove. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, her connection to her southern roots and African heritage drives her lifelong passion for social change using the immeasurable power of storytelling. Entering the entertainment industry at the age of 12, Nuriddin learned the roots of storytelling by acting alongside Black American sages, Cicely Tyson and Don Cheadle. She is an NAACP award-winning actress.

Jameelah graduated from USC with a BFA in Theatre and a Minor in Film. It is there the seed was planted to begin her non-profit work while volunteering at the Joint Educational Program (JEP). She Co-Founded ‘Imaginese Youth Workshops’ where she developed curriculum and guided middle school and high-school aged children in East and South Los Angeles, and Bali, Indonesia. Her program ‘Confidence through Creativity’ still provides artistic mentorships in film, theatre, dance, poetry and design while connecting students to a social justice issue in their community – creating multi-generational works of art exploring gang violence, human trafficking, immigration reform, food deserts, and wealth inequality. Jameelah Nuriddin knows story; and has lived her life believing the power of storytelling and empathy will reveal the interconnectedness of us all.

Sideah Alladice, "be•long"

Sideah is an emerging filmmaker located in Vancouver, BC. She champions for honest storytelling, using vulnerability as an invitation to challenge perceptions. She closes the space between viewer and subject with a narrative lens to create an immersive, emotion-filled experience.

When not filmmaking, she can be found building her digital content company, Mutton Media, while completing her Broadcast and Digital Journalism studies at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Calvin Walker, "The Beautiful Black Man"—Special Guest

Calvin J Walker (he/him) is an award-winning filmmaker with the heart and pen of a poet. More importantly, he’s an artivist. In 2012, Calvin wrote and produced his first short film, The Most Beautiful Flower Blooms in Winter. Since that time, Calvin has produced work within several mediums: film, television, stage, and digital. His work has received acclaim domestically and internationally. He’s a sought after writer; working with producers in Denmark, Africa, and Atlanta. Calvin strives to tell stories that focus on social justice, spirituality, and mental health. He’s a self-taught filmmaker hailing from Dallas, TX. He is a husband and father to three.

Timaj Garad—Special Guest

Timaj Garad is an Ethiopian Toronto-based Creative Consultant, Arts-Educator, Community Organizer, and multi-disciplinary storyteller, using poetry, theatre, and music to bring her stories to life. Her art is autobiographical, working at the intersections of a black Muslim woman challenging injustice, unearthing truths, and healing. As an award-winning Artist & Educator, Timaj has graced over 300 stages and facilitated several arts-based workshops.

Timaj is currently living in Toronto, sharing her poetry on stages across the province, continuing to organize arts events and showcases, and working on new music. Her new single and music video “Black Gold” was released this month and she released her debut EP ‘Blooming at the Mouth’ on March 5th. Timaj believes in the transformative power of the arts to build capacity and strengthen communities. You can follow her work at timajgarad.com.

For more information about Voices With Impact 2021, please visit Art With Impact.

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