bffs Summer Intensive 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017 to Monday, July 3, 2017 ON LOCATION

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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 30 – July 3, 2017. We will be focusing on building skill and practice as Black Feminist storytellers using the filmmaking medium and accompanying art forms. Within the 4 day session (pre-quel and follow up assignments) we will cover all phases of filmmaking including research and writing, pre-production, production and post-production.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 to Monday, July 3, 2017 ON LOCATION
(4 Fellows max; $600 each; $100 deposit (non-refundable after April 15); payment plan ok)


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.


wwf-river-med-dscn5372This 2nd bffs Summer Session is for up to 4 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 the entire weekend session which will take place in Durham, NC.


In the application we are excited to see our alignment and your specific intentions as indicators of what this particular session will be. We are also taking into serious consideration how participants will contribute the time and attention necessary for this session. Skill or lack of skill is not a prioritized factor in the application.


This is an exciting journey that 4 participants, 2 instructors, several Black Feminist elders/advisors and a massive community of supporters will be taking together! Don’t delay. Turn in your thought-full (online) registration form today!

Registration Form

Sign Up to join our mailing list


Friday, June 30, 2017 to Monday, July 3, 2017 ON LOCATION
(4 Fellows max; $600 each; $100 deposit (non-refundable after April 15); payment plan ok)

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Julia Green ScreenWe 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. 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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