Monthly Archives: May 2014

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



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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.
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.
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



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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.




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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






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.


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

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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 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