Still I Rise: The Maya Angelou Film Festival is a programme of screenings celebrates the life and work of world renowned and legendary author, poet, actress, professor, singer, dancer, playwright, director, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou who passed away at the age of 86 in May 2014.
Although best known as an author, poet and activist, Maya Angelou also acted and wrote for TV and film which is often forgotten. The films selected are films that feature Maya Angelou, are narrated by Maya Angelou or are written by or directed by Maya Angelou.
The film festival will feature a mixture of feature films, documentary and art house film. We will incorporate storytellers/spoken word artists, presentations, industry experts at each screening and facilitate engaging post film discussions with audience members.
On Sunday 20th September 2015, Black History Studies will host a presentation on 'Black Women In Film & Breaking into the Film Industry' followed by the screening of screen 'Sisters in Cinema' (2003)' and panel discussion with industry experts.
Black Women in Film & Breaking into the Film Industry
This informative and inspirational presentation delivered by Yvonne Connikie will discuss Black Women involvement in Film in the UK since the 1980s. We will examine the work of remarkable filmmakers such as Maureen Blackwood and Sister Dennis Elmina Davis, who made films in her kitchen and many more. We will also reflect on what opportunities are available for young aspiring filmmakers today.
Sisters in Cinema (2003)
Directed by Yvonne Welbon
Duration: 62 minutes
Sisters in Cinema (2003) is a documentary that traces the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the early part of the 20th century to today.
As the first documentary of its kind, Sisters in Cinema creates a strong visual history of the contributions of African American women to the film industry.
Early filmmakers include, Tressie Souders who wrote and directed a Woman's Error in 1922, Zora Neale Hurston, the writer and anthropologist who made ethnographic films in the 1920s, and Eloyce Gist who directed Verdict Not Guilty in the early 1930s.
Sisters in Cinema is a seminal work that pays homage to African American women, who against all odds made history. The careers, lives and films of inspirational women filmmakers, such as, Euzhan Palcy, Julie Dash, Darnell Martin, Dianne Houston, Neema Barnette, Cheryl Dunye, Kasi Lemmons and Maya Angelou are showcased within the film.
Interviews are interwoven with film clips, rare archival footage and photographs and production video of the filmmakers at work. Together these images give voice to African American women directors and serve to illuminate a history that has remained hidden for too long.
Sisters in Cinema reveals the challenges of African American women in the director’s chair and the trials and jubilations of bringing their life's passion to the screen.
This will be followed by panel discussion with:
- Paulette Harris-German, a multi talented actor, producer, presenter, broadcaster, voiceover artist, event organiser, host and consultant with over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry. Having worked nationally and internationally for organisations including, the BBC, Arts Council England, Bfm Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Is the Associate Producer of the award winning 'The Story of Lovers Rock', 'Looking For Love' Directed by Menelik Shabazz, also the mockumentary, 'Melvin: Chronicles of a Player' Directed by Lawerence Coke. Paulette was also the First Assistand Director on Julius Amedume's 'A Goat's Tail'. @LadyPaulette UK #LadyPauletteUK
- Samantha Asumadu is a documentary filmmaker, and founder of Media Diversified and the Media Diversified Experts Directory. Her first documentary was broadcast by Aljazeera English in 2009. 'The Super Ladies’ is the story of three Ugandan women rally drivers and a race with a dramatic outcome. She has written for The Guardian, Ceasefire Magazine and The New Statesman and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
- Ethosheia Hylton of Eclectica Films Productions initially started her career as an actress, studying for two years in New York at The American Academy of dramatic Arts. She has successfully cast, directed and produced 4 short films. Ackee and Saltfish (2010), Spring (2011), Small World (2013) and Lia (2014). She has also worked as a Script Editor, Assistant Director and Camera Assistant for music videos and films.
THIS EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!
This event will take place on SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2015 from 12pm to 5pm.
This event will be held Upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG.
The Ritzy Cinema is a short walk from Brixton Underground Station (Victoria Line) and 50 yards left from Brixton Railway Station.
The Ritzy Cinema is easily accessible via bus with the following routes running directly near the cinema: 2, 3, 35, 45, 109, 118, 133, 159, 196, 250, 322, 345, 355, P4, P5, N2, N3, N35, N37, N109.
Tickets are £10.00 plus P&P. Tickets can be purchased on the door from the Ritzy Cinema Box Office.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.
Please note that this event will be photographed and recorded for evaluation purposes. By attending and participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed / recorded on film and waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image.
“This Film Festival Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub"
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Black History Studies
Black History Studies is a social enterprise company which operates in the interest of the community by offering courses and events in Adult Education.
We aim to empower the African and Caribbean community and enable them to develop self knowledge and identity through Black History and Culture. Black History Studies aim to provide a wide range of courses and activities which will provide people with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Black History and Black Studies.
Check out our website www.blackhistorystudies.com