Classic Interview with Barbara McCoullough

Hey there Black Feminist Film School Family!

Water Ritual #1

Water Ritual #1

Those of you who were at our most recent experimental shorts screening got a chance to see Barbara McCollough’s Water Ritual #1









Here is an interview made available by the LA Rebellion project of the UCLA TV and Film Archive where McCoullough talks about ritual, film, healing and being a mother and an artist.   We watched it over breakfast this morning and felt affirmed, intrigued and inspired.   Hope you enjoy!

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Black Feminist Film School Fieldtrip (ATL) Nov 15-17, 2013

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Atlanta family!!!!  Julia Roxanne Wallace and I will be attending this film festival over the next three days!  We had such an amazing time when Zeinabu Davis was featured that we HAD to come back for more.   And it’s free!  Take advantage of the opportunity to see some historic independent black films that aren’t usually available to the public!!!!

Full details here!

4/4/13 – Black Feminist Film School Presents Experimental Shorts


What: Black Feminist Film School Presents Experimental Shorts
Who: Black Feminist Film School (and you hopefully)
Thursday, April 4th – 6pm
Where: Duke University FHI Garage Smith Warehouse Bay 4
114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27708-0403
General Info:

Films will include:

Water Ritual #1

still from Water Ritual #1

Water Ritual #1 (1979)
Directed by Barbara McCullough

Vanilla Sex (1992)
Directed by Cheryl Dunye

Hairpiece (1984)
Directed by Ayoka Chenzira

and select shorts Directed by Julia Roxanne Wallace
including No Legacy Let Go: A Ritual of Remembrance and Healing (2012)


3/27 “A Place of Rage” at UNC Greenboro

211185_151073095043370_1131390110_nDate: March 27
Time: 7:30p
Place:UNC Greensboro Campus, Curry Building, Room 225 (Curry Auditorium)

Black Feminist Film School co-founder Alexis Pauline Gumbs is thrilled to lead a discussion after a screening of Pratibha Parmar’s film  “A Place of Rage” at UNC-Greensboro.

“This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society. A stirring chapter in African American history, highlighted by music from Prince, Janet Jackson, the Neville Brothers and the Staple Singers.”
This event is brought to you by Women & Gender Studies Program of UNCG

The Blueprint: Script Reading and Writing

What: The Blueprint: Script Reading and Writing
Who: Black Feminist Film School (and you hopefully)
Saturday, March 9th – 3 to 5pm
Where: The Eleanor at Rigsbee 204 Rigsbee St. #201  Durham, NC
General Info:

Event Description
Because the ceremony must be found to give life to our poetic filmmaking dreams we are convening this “Production” workshop-playdate. This is a space to explore the foundational document in filmmaking – the script. We will work with scene’s from Julie Dash’s script and film Daughters of the Dust. In this conversation-workshop-playdate looking at the conventions of the film script, how some black feminists have used the form of the script and explore what form of blueprint/script and other documents might be useful for a black feminist approach to filmmaking.

black feminism the frame, not the limit

Concrete Ritual: Film by BFFS Founders–Spaces Open for Audre Lorde Performance Webinar

Check out this poetry/video collaboration between Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace and then sign up for our performance intensive honoring Audre Lorde ASAP!

Join the Brilliance Remastered community the first week of March for an interactive webinar investigation of performance and online ritual in relationship to community accountable intellectual work.  Participants will learn about performance practices from Audre Lorde’s Chorale Need, a classic text designed to end violence against black women and the shared experience of creating a healing multi-media cyber performance for our community about who we are and what we need as community accountable intellectuals.

Registration Due by Feb. 22, 2013

*the ensemble will be limited to 9 participants

Intensive dates: March 4,5,6,7,8  2012   (9pm Eastern Time)

Fee: Sliding Scale $150-250

Required Reading:

  • “Need” “Coal” “Power” and “Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde,
  • One Campus Guide to Performing “Need” edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • Excerpts from Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic by Omi Osun
  • (all readings available via pdf and snail mail to registered participants)

To Register:

  • Send an email to with your contact info (INCLUDING SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS) and what you hope to get out of the course.
  • Send registration deposit of $50 to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind via paypal:
  • Full registration fee is due by March 1, 2013
  • webinar will take place over google hangout. participants will have to register (for free) for google plus.

1/30 A Litany for Survival: BFFS Celebrates Audre Lorde, Ada Griffin and Michelle Parkerson

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde by Ada Griffin and Michelle Parkerson
Wednesday, January 30th,  6:30 pm

Duke University FHI Garage Smith Warehouse Bay 4  114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27708-0403

Join the Black Feminist Film School Crew for a special screening of Ada Griffin and Michelle Parkerson’s crucial film on the life and legacy of Audre Lorde in preparation for February (or as Alexis likes to call it…”the month of our Lorde”).   Also be the FIRST to learn about Lex’s new Lorde Concordance traveling performance through an interactive exercise!  See you there!!!!

One Hundred and One Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive: New Book of List Poems by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Broken Beautiful Press is proud to announce a vaguely epic book of list poems by Alexis Pauline Gumbs that consider what it is possible to know about the most famous Black women alive including Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, Beyonce Knowles, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Tina Turner, Gabby Douglas, and Aretha Franklin. Part prayer part polemic this project is an intervention into the consumption of Black women. (As if you can possibly know.)

Download the book for a small donation to an as yet unfamous Black feminist enterprise here:

And spread the word with this short video by Black Feminist School cofounder Julia Roxanne Wallace of Sista Docta Lex talking about why she wrote it!

10/6 Julie Dash’s Praise House: A Black Feminist Film School Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, Nov. 6th 2012

6:30 pm

Duke University FHI Garage Smith Warehouse Bay 4 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27708-0403

Join Black Feminist Film School as we continue our investigation of intergenerational healing through Black Feminist Film with Julie Dash’s 1991 short film Praise House.  In collaboration with the acclaimed Urban Bush Women Dance Troupe, Praise House creates ritual filmic dream space.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Many thanks to our co-sponsors at the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women’s History.

Email with any questions!

Black Feminist Film School Featured in Bitch Magazine

Guess what? Black Feminist Film School is featured in the Fall 2012 (#56) issue of BITCH magazine.  We are happy to have a two-page spread on our vision and work in a cutting edge national magazine designed as a feminist response to pop-culture.  That’s what we do too!!!!

Check out the spread to see our shout outs to:

Yvonne Welbon and (the new network for the LGBTQ community where the Mobile Homecoming TV series will be featured this fall)

Aishah Simmons and

Allied Media Projects (

and Charis Books and More (


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