Raise a Hand and Wave a Fan: Online Revival for When We Free Filming Fund

 

 

We making a film. (So) We passing the hat! Check out this online revival and get some soul-stirring perks when you donate towards cast, crew, location, costumes and food for When We Free’s upcoming filming weekend!!!! 

 

http://www.gofundme.com/ba5bqg

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When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.

To find out more about the film visit: http://whenwefree.jroxmedia.com/current-projects/when-we-free-the-film/

This film is the Omiero (the holy water infused with herbs in “New World” Ifa/Yoruba/African spiritual practice) preparation internally and externally for Africans in diaspora to consider the Earth based spiritual practices of their ancestors. What do we need to break and to draw; to keep and to relinquish so that the Holy Spirit, the divine, can fully be present? What chains need to be broken and what needs to be awakened so that Africans in diaspora can have access to unbound spirit? How can even the religions of the colonizers and enslavers be reconnected to their own Earth based roots? When We Free is a cleansing and clarifying ritual that questions the source and sustenance of our freedom and spiritual roots.

The filming of When We Free will be a transformative community ritual that uplifts our ancestors and contributes to the conversation about what spiritual practices our freedom requires in the current moment.  We are raising money to house, feed, transport, and offer stipends to cast and crew and for equipment, props, location fees and supplies.

              

   

Casting Call: When We Free

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When We Free – Casting Call

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Title: When We Free

30 minute Narrative (Short) Independent film, Non-Union

Production Location: Durham, NC
Director: Julia Roxanne Wallace / Sangodare Akinwale
Producer: Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Format: 16:9 HD
Compensation: Meals, Copy and Credit

***NOTE: For non-actors some of the information and the process in general may be unfamiliar. Please scroll down to the bottom where we have more information about what to expect.
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Synopsis

When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.

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Dates:

Auditions
10am Saturday – July 12, 2014
5pm Tuesday – July 15, 2014

Rehearsals
Friday – July 18 and 25, 2014 at 6pm
Sunday – July 20 and 27, 2014 at 1:30pm

Filmming Dates
August 1-3, 2014 (Friday – Sunday)
September 5-7, 2014 (Friday – Sunday)

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Contact:

Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour.

info@whenwefree.com
(919) 666-7274

 

Roles:

IDA
[ Lead - African/African American Female age 13 - 15 ]

Ida is a curious teenager coming of age just after emancipation. She is searching for a connection to her African roots and pride in a community where some are only seeking survival and validation from whites. She is fully self-expressed. She sings, dances and pays attention to everything.
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DEACON
[ Lead - African/African American Male age 40 - 60 ]

Deacon is magically middle-aged, tall and slender in his collage-looking suits. As a skilled farmer and medicine man, he is a leader in his community. His favorite place to be is the forest and his favorite thing to do is make music. He is working to heal himself and his community from the traumas of slavery and ongoing oppression.

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PASTOR
[ Lead - African/African American Male 40 - 50 ]

Pastor is a quiet and playful carpenter and welder who avoids conflict and the expectations placed on him by others because of his size and skill.

 

HARRIET
[ Lead - African/African American Female 40 - 60 ]

Harriet is a strong-willed and sweet matriarch in her community. She holds and shares the stories and ritual memory. Not everyone agrees with her practices but everyone respects her.

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SOJO
[ Lead - African/African American Female 35 - 45 ]

Sojo is a humble and skilled laborer and well educated relative to those in her community. She revels in her ability to where pants whenever she chooses, not just while working, now that she has her freedom.

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NAT
[ African/African American Male 13 - 17 ]

Nat is a passionate teenager who works hard and looks for work everywhere he can as a means to achieve independence and gain respect.

 

CONGREGATION MEMBERS
[ African/African American  ages 10+, all sizes and all sexes/genders, ]

Congregation members are recently freed folks from all walks of life – laborers, educators, domestic workers, etc. They have journeyed from far and wide seeking healing, home, family & friends, work and salvation. The local congregants already have their own preferences about belief and service style; while the new comers eagerly explore the services. Many of them are powerful singers and spiritually attuned in their own right.

NOTE: The Congregation actively participates in various church services on the camp site. Some of the services are conservative with little emotion, others are very emotional and ecstatic. Congregants will be expected to play multiple roles and participate fully in multiple services and rituals.

 

Contact:

Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour.

info@whenwefree.com
(919) 666-7274

 

 

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NOTES on the Process:

1. The first step is to schedule your audition as described above AND tentatively set aside any dates listed for rehearsal and filming.

2. Prepare for your audition based on the description of the role and any other information and directions given by the casting coordinators.

3. Arrive a little early/on time to have as much time as possible to prepare using any material provided.

4. You will likely find out if you have been cast within a week.

Black Feminist Film School Opening Weekend Community Screening! (June 6th at 6:15pm)

 

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Join Black Feminist Film School Summer Session for our opening screening at Center for Documentary Studies!  This screening is open to our entire community and will give you an opportunity to to meet the Black Feminist Film School 2014 Summer Fellows, see some of Black Feminist Film School’s films in process and celebrate the legacy and livelihood of Black Feminist Film practices.  We look forward to your feedback on our films in process and your warm welcome of our Summer Fellows.

We will be screening:

No Legacy Let Go

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No Legacy Let Go is an experimental short film that is part of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive.  Based on our interview with Black lesbian elder Imani Rashid and our imaginings of a blues counterstory of queer Harlem, this film features original music and a reimagined and reclaimed history.  Versions of this film have been shown at the National Queer Arts Festival,  MIXMIX LGBTQ Film Festival in NYC and on multiple stops on the Mobile Homecoming national tour.     Our Durham community will get the chance to see the newest cut of the film and to offer feedback.

Combahee Pilgrimage

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Combahee Pilgrimage is a documentary in process about the life-changing journey of 21 Black feminists to the Combahee River to commemorate both the 150th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s 1863 uprising during which at least 750 enslaved people in South Carolina burned down 35 plantation buildings, flooded the rice fields and stole themselves to freedom and the origin story of the 1974 founding of the Black lesbian socialist feminist Combahee River Collective.

 

Tradition Returned

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Ile Ori: Tradition Returned (working title) is a film about a unique Ifa community in the United States. Building on African traditions in the new world diaspora and a sankofa (go back and fetch it; looking back to move forward) approach to Yoruba culture and spirituality, this inclusive community travels the ecstatic and challenging terrain of initiating new Priests into the mysteries, medicine and power of Orisha.

This film introduces some of the concepts of Ifa, tells the story of this Ile’s first 10 years and tells the story of some of the challenges and stigmas that a same gender loving, transgender and racially inclusive Ifa community faces. Through it all, the power of this community to support one another through transformation is mesmerizing.

My People

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My People is an audio performance piece based on a poetic protest narrative by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and a soundscape created by Julia Roxanne Wallace aka Sangodare.   The piece was created in response to the unjust arrest of two queer and trans activists of color by the NYPD and successfully helped to mobilize global support for their release.

See you there!

Audit Black Feminist Film School Summer Session: Registration Now Open!

“She told them that the only grace they could have was the grace they could imagine. That if they could not see it, they would not have it.” -Baby Suggs Holy in Beloved by Toni Morrison

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Black Feminist Film School is a clearing space where we remember how to make the world we deserve visible, tangible and compelling.   Clear space in your summer for y/our vision!

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session 2014 (bffs-SS’14) is now open for up to 18 auditors. This will include access to course materials, described below, and will consist of what we call a virtual audit. This is an ideal option for people interested in building their skills, community and context for a Black Feminist Film approach but who are not able to attend our rigorous combination of in-person intensives and online classes this summer and would benefit from a flexible curriculum.  A vast amount of information, conversations and other resources will be made available to all auditors as the course progresses.

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Auditors will have access to:

  • Living bibliography

  • Syllabus for bffs – Summer Session ‘14

  • Course Packet

  • Audio and/or Video of course lectures and presentations

  • Outlines for lectures and presentations

  • Handouts

  • Production Notebook blank documents/forms and example documents/forms

  • Tutorials and learning modules including program files when relevant

  • Access to SS ‘14 restricted area of the bffs website

  • Audio and/or Video interviews and conversations with bffs advisors and elders

  • Audio, Effects, Graphic and other media files

 

Registration is now OPEN!

Register to audit for Summer Session 2014 here.  Auditing is open to everyone who is interested in and inspired by the legacy and possibility of Black Feminist Filmmaking regardless of background, training or identity.

You are fully registered after you pay your sliding scale registration fee of $50-75 below:

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We look forward to supporting you to create the world we can imagine.

Support the Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund!


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The Poetics of Black Feminist Film School – Summer Session

 

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session is the answer to a prayer whispered by storytellers, film school students, healers, artists, closet queer preachers and others who believe another world is possible as long as we can imagine it.

 

 

 

It is the vision we can not imagine of what a revolutionary practice can look like when we take the time to birth it together.

 

 

 

It is the liberation that is possible when our community and allies understand that Black women sharing their autonomous and self-actualizing work means freedom for us all.
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bffs in BITCHThe answer, the vision, the liberation. Black Feminist Film School is an initiation journey that will transform all involved toward love and light. I invite you to join in and support in the ways that make sense for you.
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This is serious life saving and life changing work. It will be challenging and rewarding. It is not merely a workshop to gain filmmaking skills. It is not just a networking opportunity to gain crew for your projects. For ourselves and each other we seek to create a profoundly safe space; to develop a league of excellence, a language of love and transformation that allows us to create the world anew by every generative means we know.
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Black Feminist Film School Summer Session (bffs Summer Session) will take place June – August 2014. We will be focusing on building skill and practice as Black Feminist storytellers using the filmmaking medium and accompanying art forms. Within the three month session we will cover all phases of filmmaking including research and writing, pre-production, production and post-production.

 

 

Donate here:  Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund

 

 

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

 

Our goal

 

Our goal is to share and(re)develop a standard of Black Feminist filmmaking so that when participants complete the program they are able to: 1) join a film crew – independent, Black Feminist or within the Hollywood system – and excel; 2) develop their own skill and voice by creating short film projects that result in a high quality reel; 3) have the tools and relationships necessary to create a practice that will be self-sustaining.

 

 

 

UMD ResidencyThis inaugural (bffs Summer Session) is for 6 self-identified Black feminists (21 and up) who live in the southeast or are from the southeast (ideally within 6 hours driving distance of Durham, NC). Applicants will need to commit a minimum of 5 – 10 hours a week to the session, attend bi-weekly virtual meetings and be available for two in-person gatherings. The two intensive gatherings will take place in or very near Durham, NC June 6-8 and August 1-3 and are both mandatory.

 

 

 

Up to 15 of those that apply will have the opportunity to audit the session once the 6 participant spots are filled. The fifteen auditors will have access to electronic copies of course materials, videos, tutorials, etc. But they will not be a part of the intensive gatherings or the virtual meetings.

 

 

 

Donate here:  Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund

 

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

 

 If you have any questions please email us at: mobilehomecoming@gmail.com

 

 

 

 Topics:

 

Julia Green ScreenEach week we will cover a number of theoretical and hands on exercises designed to grow your skill, voice and understanding of the art of filmmaking. We will also be considering what a Black Feminist filmmaking practice looks like in practice. Each week there will be required reading, dialogue and assignments (including screenings, writing, media projects, etc.) that will grow our filmmaking muscles.

 

  1. Storytelling

  2. Script reading and writing

  3. Camera

  4. Light

  5. Sound

  6. Production Roles/Jobs and Collaboration

  7. Elemental Forces/Nature

  8. Invisible Elements/Spirit

  9. Music

  10. Wardrobe

  11. Locations

  12.  Set Design & Props

  13. Directing Actors

  14. Production Notebook and Organization

  15. Scheduling

  16. Budgeting

  17. Equipment (Care, Rental, Review)

  18. Software

  19. Black Feminist Theory & Practice

  20. Media Files, Formats and Workflow

  21. The Hollywood System

 

 

 

Legacy

 

black feminist film school acknowledges the legacies that we walk in especially QWOCMAP Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project which creates, exhibits and distributes new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color and address the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities; Yvonne Welbon an independent film director, producer, screenwriter and film/media scholar; Jessie Maple, the first African American woman to direct an independent feature-length film in the U.S.; Amy Ongiri scholar of film, literature and cultural studies; Zeinabu Irene Davis, Camille Billops, Cheryl Dunye, Ayoka Chenzira, Barbara McCullough, Pratibha Parmar, Ada Griffin, Michelle Parkerson, Julie Dash and many more.

 

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

 If you have any questions please email us at: mobilehomecoming@gmail.com

 

 

black feminist film school – summer session (begins June 6-8)

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Description

The Poetics of Black Feminist Film (School) – Summer Session

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session is the answer to a prayer whispered by those who believe another world is possible as long as we can imagine it. It is an answer, a vision, a liberation. Black Feminist Film School is an initiation journey that will transform all involved toward the possibility of love and light amplified through film.

I invite you to join in and support in the ways that make sense for you. We are now accepting applications for our Summer Session. The application is due May 15th. The first in person session is the weekend of June 6-8, 2014..

more information – CLICK HERE

Classic Interview with Barbara McCoullough

Hey there Black Feminist Film School Family!

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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!

http://liquidblackness.com/film-schedule/

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

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

Films will include:

Water Ritual #1

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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)

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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

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