Black Feminist Filmmaking: Screening and Panel at Duke University

Thursday April 19th 2012


Duke University FHI Garage Smith Warehouse Bay 4

114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27708-0403

Cheryl Dunye’s work as a Black lesbian filmmaker has challenged, transformed and sometimes even stood in for a conversation about race, feminism, lesbianism, the archive and the practice of contemporary film.  As a collaboration between the Sallie Bingham Archive and the public launch of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s new Black Feminist Film School, we present a screening of the often neglected early work of Cheryl Dunye followed by a panel discussion moderated by Black Feminist Film School co-founder Alexis Pauline Gumbs and featuring local Black lesbian and queer filmmakers:

. Report back from bffs inaugural event

Yvonne Welbon

Yvonne Welbon is an award-winning independent filmmaker and freelance producer. Since 1991, she has made eight films and produced a dozen others. Her independent films have screened on PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, the Sundance Channel and in over one hundred film festivals around the world.

Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 has won ten best documentary awards — including the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. Her ongoing Sundance Documentary Fellow project is Sisters in Cinema, a documentary, website and forth-coming book based on her doctoral dissertation about the history of African American women feature film directors.

Her freelance producer projects include: John Pierson’s Split Screen, Zeinabu irene Davis’ Sundance dramatic competition feature Compensation, Cheryl Dunye’s HBO film Stranger Inside, Thomas Allen Harris’ Berlin Int’l Film Festival award-winning documentary É Minha Cara/That’s My Face, and Catherine Crouch’s directorial debut Stray Dogs, starring Guinevere Turner.

Yvonne Welbon received an undergraduate degree in History from Vassar College. Thereafter, she spent six years in Taipei, Taiwan, where she taught English, learned Mandarin Chinese, and founded and published a premiere arts magazine. She returned to the United States and completed a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.

Welbon is the current department chair of the Journalism and Media Studies department at Bennett College for Women, a women’s HBCU in Greensboro, NC. She has been teaching at Bennett since August 2008.

Katina Parker

Katina Parker won Best Documentary Honorable Mention for her film Peace Process at the Vibe UrbanWorld Film Festival.

Katina Parker is a Durham-based communications consultant who has advised both the National Black Justice Coalition and the Ford Foundation’s Just Films initiative. Parker teaches social media and film through the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and serves as an Instructor for North Carolina’s Community Folklife Documentation Institute.

She is the Co-Chair of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force and the Vice President of the Association of Wake Forest University’s Black Alumni (AWFUBA) group.

Previously, Parker spent several years working as a Media Strategist for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where she fine-tuned her public relations and communications savvy. Both Parker and her work have been featured in or on NPR,,, The Warren Ballentine Show,,,, and Rolling Stone magazine.

She received her M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California and her B.A. in Speech Communications from Wake Forest University. Previously, she has been mentored by the Inaugural Poet Maya Angelou and Poetry Legend Sonia Sanchez.

She was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.

and Julia Roxanne Wallace

Julia Wallace creates media and art intended to heal and transform. Julia is a multimedia consultant, filmmaker, musician, composer, theologian, founder of Queer Renaissance, a multimedia movement based on the premise that we can create the world anew, and co-creator of Mobile Homecoming, a national intergenerational experiential archive project that seeks to amplify generations of Black LGBTQ brilliance by using multimedia and building intergenerational family of choice across time and space.

Julia received an undergraduate degree in Multimedia Communication from UNC Asheville, a Masters in Divinity from Emory University and has completed coursework toward a Masters in Film Production at Georgia State University. Julia has directed several short narrative films, a documentary piece on artist Lillian Blades and documented many LGBTQ community events. Julia debuted a collection of work at the event Queer Renaissance: The Ties that Bind in Atlanta, GA. Julia is also currently working on an independent film that combines Healing Poetics, a Black Feminist approach to social satire, as well as original music and choreography. This project is a national collaboration intended to instigate healing toward transformation.

*Join us after the event to listen to Angela Y. Davis speak across the street about public intellectualism and prison abolition.


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