DECEMBER 5,2020 6.30 pm CST panel
DECEMBER 2-7 films stream online
(All Films and Panels stream on archiveacts.com)
I Fashioned Myself a Mirror features films made by women and non-binary makers from the Caribbean or of Caribbean descent. These films consider our proximity to archives—historical and personal—how we’re represented and how we’re writing ourselves in.
I FASHIONED MYSELF A MIRROR
filmmakers (WATCH FILMS BELOW, FILMS WILL STREAM FROM DECEMBER 2-7th, 2020)
KEARRA AMAYA GOPEE
Kearra Amaya Gopee Artifact #3: Terra Nullius, 2019
Rhea Storr, The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates, 2017
Deborah Jack, me/self, 2002
Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, Outfox the Grave, 2020
Rox Campbell, There's Just Something About Death That Makes Us Dance: The Revival, 2020
Natalie Willis, The Body Remembers, 2018
TAMIKA GALANIS programmer
Tamika Galanis is a documentarian and multimedia visual artist. A Bahamian native, Tamika’s work examines the complexities of living in a place shrouded in tourism’s ideal during the age of climate concerns. Emphasizing the importance of Bahamian cultural identity for cultural preservation, Tamika documents aspects of Bahamian life not curated for tourist consumption to intervene in the historical archive. This work counters the widely held paradisiacal view of the Caribbean, the origins of which arose post-emancipation through a controlled, systematic visual framing and commodification of the tropics.
Rhea Storr is an artist filmmaker who explores the representation of Black and mixed-race cultures. Masquerade as a site of protest or subversion is an ongoing theme in her work. On occasion she draws on her own rural upbringing and British Bahamian heritage. Recent screenings and exhibitions include BFI London Film Festival, European Media Art Festival, National Museum of African American History and Culture, US, Filmforum MOCA Los Angeles, Artist Film International,Whitechapel Gallery, UK and 'Get Up Stand Up Now' at Somerset House, UK. She is the winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 and a co-director of not nowhere, an artists’ film co-operative in London.
RHEA STORR filmmaker
MADELEINE HUNT-EHRLICH filmmaker
Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich is a filmmaker and artist who has completed projects in Kingston, Jamaica, Miami, Florida and extensively in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work has screened all over the world including at the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and in Film Festivals such as New Orleans Film Festival, Doclisboa and Blackstar Film Festival. She has been featured in Essence Magazine, Studio Museum’s Studio Magazine, ARC Magazine, BOMBLOG, and Guernica Magazine, Small Axe journal among others. She was named on Filmmaker Magazine's 2020 "25 New Faces of Independent Cinema List" and is the recipient of a 2020 San Francisco Film Society Rainin Grant, a 2019 Rema Hort Mann Award, a 2019 UNDO fellowship and grant, a 2015 TFI ESPN Future Filmmaker Award and a 2014 Princess Grace Award in film. Her work has been recognized by the Time Inc. Black Girl Magic Emerging Director's series, the National Magazine (ELLIE) Awards and she has received grants from the National Black Programming Consortium and Glassbreaker Films. Madeleine has a degree in Film and Photography from Hampshire College and has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in film and television production at CUNY - Queens College in New York City.
KEARRA AMAYA GOPEE filmmaker
Kearra Amaya Gopee is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago, based in Los Angeles, CA. Their research based practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of those that are inflicted on the Caribbean and its' diasporas by the global north. Using lived experiences as a point of departure, they address themes of migration, intergenerational trauma, queerness, difference and healing. While complicating the viewer's understanding of economic and social marginalization in the region, their practice also desires to test the mettle of these frameworks. Through their interventions, they aim to temper what we have known to be true with the potential of intuitive knowledges that have been historically cast aside in favour of Western assimilation.
They hold a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University and are an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, they are a MFA candidate at University of California, Los Angeles.
NATALIE WILLIS filmmaker
Natalie Willis is a British-Bahamian curator and cultural worker. She is the Associate Curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, and has a focus on accessibility, writing to decolonize and decentralise the art archive, and adding to the literature about Bahamian and Caribbean visual culture and developing her curatorial practice. Born and raised in Grand Bahama, she received her BA (Hons), and MA in Fine art in the UK at York St John University, and was the Tilting Axis Curatorial Fellowship recipient for 2018. Somewhere in a parallel universe, she still makes artwork.
ROX CAMPBELL filmmaker
Rox Campbell is a documentary photographer and expanded media artist born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Campbell’s work primarily utilizes conventional analog and digital photographic methods and conceptual documentary storytelling techniques. They create still and moving portraits of Black people globally, referencing aspects of their history often hidden behind Eurocentrism. Campbell’s work illuminates themes of religious syncretism, creolization, the Black mundane, and gender identity. Ultimately, their work serves to negotiate the discourse surrounding Blackness and perhaps, tell unexplored perspectives. It is about rewriting, showing, and telling. Campbell earned their MFA from Duke University in Experimental and Documentary Arts and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia. They have created work in Jamaica, Haiti, Cameroon, South Africa, and across the United States. Their work has been shown in galleries, public exhibitions, and conferences including the Penn Museum, Horace Williams House, Louise Jones Brown Art Gallery, The Power Plant Gallery, Durham County Public Library, Flux Factory, and the South African National Gallery. Campbell is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
DEBORAH JACK filmmaker
Deborah Jack, (1970, Netherlands/ St. Martin) is an artist whose work is based in video/sound installation, photography, painting and text. Her current work deals with trans-cultural existence, memory, the effects of colonialism and mythology through re-memory. As a multi-media artist she engages a variety of strategies for mining the intersections of cultural memory, climate change while negotiating a global present.
NaZLI DINCEL, solitary Acts #5, 2015
Material Memory is a survey of recent experimental films. These films privilege a visceral cinema. We can feel these films, we can touch them, but they are not physically present. These films argue for memory as living archive, as something to preserve, rather than let die.
filmmakers (FILMS WILL BE ON VIEW FROM NOVEMBER 6-13th, 2020)
BLANCA REGO_aka BLANK
LUIS VASQUEZ LA ROCHE
panelists (PANEL WILL STREAM NOVEMBER 12, 2020 @4pm CST )
LUIS VASQUEZ LA ROCHE
NOVEMBER 12, 2020 4pm CST panel
NOVEMBER 6-13 films stream online
(All Films and Panels stream directly on archiveacts.com)
DEVON NARINE-SINGH programmer
Devon Narine-Singh is a filmmaker and curator. His works have screened at Microscope Gallery, YOUKI International Youth Media Festival, NOFLASH Video Show, UltraCinema, The New School and The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. He has presented screenings and presentations at The Film-Makers Coop, Maysles Cinema, NYU Cinema Studies and UnionDocs. He has a BFA in Filmmaking from SUNY Purchase. He is currently pursuing his MA in Screen Studies at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College.
KENGNÉ TÉGUIA filmmaker
Kengné Téguia is an artist, based in Paris. First self-taught, he joined the Nantes School of Fine Arts in 2014, then the ENSAPC in 2017. He also studied computer science and worked in this field as a network administrator. He has collaborated with the collectives, The Cheapest University, Black(s) to the Future, The Community. His writings have been published in the magazine The Funambulist, his works presented in spaces such as Bétonsalon, Gaïté Lyrique, Galerie Treize, BFI Southbank, Wexner Center for the Arts and Mix NYC.
BLANCA REGO_aka BLANK filmmaker
Blanca Rego (aka _blank) is a Spanish filmmaker and digital artist. Fascinated by cinema since childhood, she studied filmmaking. Later, she became interested in new technologies and studied digital arts. Nowadays, she works mainly with video and sound. Strongly influenced by experimental film and electronic music, her work focuses on perception and the relationship between sound and image. She is also a researcher and she writes about film, sound art, and digital arts for magazines and blogs. Her work has been exhibited at film festivals, museums, and art galleries, mainly in Europe and America, among them the ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), Barbican Centre (London, UK), iotaSalon (Los Angeles, USA), and Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Madrid, Spain).
NAZLI DINCEL filmmaker
Nazlı Dinçel has won awards and exhibited worldwide in institutions, festivals, and microcinemas including The Museum of Modern Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, REDCAT, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, among others. She is the recipient of a 2018 Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship in the emerging artist category and a recipient of a 2019 Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University. Dinçel is also building an artist-run, nonprofit film lab on the south side of Milwaukee. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres.
ALEC BUTLER filmmaker
Alec Butler is a Two-Spirit, Non-binary, Intersex activist and an award winning playwright, author and filmmaker, they write, direct, edit and perform in their videos and champions the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) aesthetic. Author of the queer novella Rough Paradise and the plays Black Friday?, Medusa Rising, Cradle Pin and Shakedown, Butler is a scholar in Indigenous Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Their research centres on Two-Spirit Queer Indigenous Literatures, Cultures, Communities and Politics. Alec is of Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) and Settler (French/Irish) descent originally from Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia).
LUIS VASQUEZ LA ROCHE filmmaker
(b.1983) Exhibited work in Trinidad, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany, and the USA. They were selected to be part of the residency program OAZO AIR in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s 2016 Itinerant Seminar in Puerto Rico. In 2013, co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. In 2018, they were the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. They taught at The University of Trinidad and Tobago and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
KALPANA SUBRAMANIAN filmmaker
Kalpana Subramanian (b.1977, India) is an artist and filmmaker currently pursuing a practice based Ph.D. in Media Study at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is interested in transcultural and interdisciplinary approaches of inquiry into the aesthetics of experimental film and media. Her research re-considers American Avant-garde film history though the lens of non-Western philosophies. She was awarded a Fulbright Professional and Academic Excellence Fellow at the Stan Brakhage Center in the University of Boulder Colorado in 2015-2016. Her short films has been screened at several international festivals and received various awards. She is also the recipient of the UK Environmental Film Fellowship (2006) and the Audio International Design Award (1996).
OCTOBER 18, 2020
(All Films and Panels will be viewable directly on this website)
All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Ufuoma Essi, Film Still
Films seeking rights to wrongs in spaces we hold dear. Gentrification, reclamation and spatial justice are centered in these BIPOC directed and written films. A panel featuring guests from each film will convene to discuss the intersections of the above themes across notable black spaces in the US including Tulsa’s own.
HOLD, HOPE, AND HEAL:
SPATIAL JUSTICE IN BLACK SPACES
filmmakers (FILMS WILL BE ON VIEW FROM OCTOBER 15-22, 2020)
ASH GOH HUA
panelists (PANEL WILL STREAM OCTOBER 18, 2020 @7pm CST )
MIKE AFRICA JR
Sixteen Thousand Dollars, Symone Baptiste, Film Still
KOLBY WESBTER programmer
Kolby Ari is a Tulsa, Oklahoma native that has a focus on urban design, sustainable land use and equitable community development. Kolby attempts to make typically dense and unfamiliar policy accessible through collaborations with the arts, city leaders and community stakeholders of all backgrounds. He has an extensive communications, grassroots, non-profits, and multi-media arts background that helps facilitate these groups towards best practice and inclusive designs.
Ash Goh Hua (any pronouns) is a filmmaker and cultural worker from Singapore, based in New York. She creates documentary and experimental based work informed by the politics of abolition and autonomy; their filmmaking practice imagines future acts of collective liberation. Ash is a Jacob Burns Creative Culture Fellow, a NeXtDoc Fellow, a Points North Institute North Star Fellow, and a Common Notions collective member.
ASH GOH HUA filmmaker
SYMONE BAPTISTE filmmaker/panelist
Symone Baptiste is a Director, Writer/Producer and Comedy Booker in Los Angeles. Symone’s short directorial debut, Sixteen Thousand Dollars, won Programmers’ Best Narrative Short at the 2020 Pan African Film Festival (LA) & Best Comedy Short at the Queens (NY) World Film Festival. Additionally, her film is an official selection for the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival, Seattle Black Film Festival, DC Shorts Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Portland Comedy Festival + more! Symone was also the Showrunner for season 1 of “Call & Response” a Funny or Die & Blavity Inc. project (hosted by Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle) responding to the changes and activism of our time. She produced and directed 10 episodes that featured notable Black thought-leaders, activists, and allies including Patrisse Cullors (BLM), Uzo Aduba, Jane Fonda, and Robert Townsend.
WASHINGTON KIRK filmmaker/panelist
Washington Kirk (Writer / Director) was born in or near a subterranean nuclear silo in or around Great Falls, Montana [specifics classified], but raised in a Virginia suburb forgettable if not for its proximity to a great swamp. Note: This area has since been re-branded as part of “DMV” (the District-Maryland-Virginia, not the place of bureaucratic purgatory), a much cooler ahh-rea that provides much needed street-adjacent-cred to those unlucky enough to be born outside Anacostia... He is a maker, be it theater, television, film, messes, or pie (but not as of yet candlesticks), whose current work seeks to explore the “dangerous” behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes society — or in-group cultural forces — would rather us suppress. MFA, UCSD. Sundance New Voices finalist. As an actor, TV (selected): The Breaks (VH1), Divorce (HBO).
UFUOMA ESSI filmmaker
Ufuoma Essi Is a video artist and filmmaker from Lewisham, South East London. She works predominantly with film and moving image as well as photography and sound. Her work revolves around Black feminist epistemology and the configuration of displaced histories. The archive forms an essential medium for her as an artist and it’s through explorations with the archive that she aims to interrogate and disrupt the silences and gaps of political and historical narratives. By using the archive as a process of unlearning and discovery she seeks to re-centre the marginalised histories of the Black Atlantic and specific histories of black women.
MIKE AFRICA panelist
Mike Africa, Jr. is the founder of the Mike Africa Junior Information Company (MAJIC LLC) a member of The MOVE Organization, President of the Seed of Wisdom Foundation and the Black Philly Radical Collective. Mike is the son of two political prisoners who were each sentenced to 100 years in prison. He was secretly born in a Philadelphia prison following a police raid on his family’s home. As an infant, he was taken from his mother and placed in an orphanage where he was physically and mentally abused for 11 days before getting rescued by his aunt. At age 6, he witnessed the smoke in the air from a police bomb that was dropped on his family’s home killing his uncle, his cousin and nine members of his family, including five of the children he suffered in the orphanage with. At age 13, Mike began using his music to raise awareness about his experiences to gain justice for his family and others.
On June 16th, 2018, after 40 years in prison, Mike finally got his mother released. Four months later, on October 23rd, he successfully gained his father’s release. Mike‘s mission is to support the children of incarcerated parents. Mike has shared the stage with the likes of Marc Lamont Hill, Tarana Burke, Ramona Africa, Dead Prez, Danny Glover, Michael Franti, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine and countless others, tackling issues such as mass incarceration, police brutality, climate change and many other profound issues of the day. In May of 2019, Mike took on a new venture. The “Mike Africa Junior Information Company” (MAJIC) is a multi-faceted entertainment brand created by Mike and his team featuring music, podcast, films other various forms of media broadcasting.
I’m Free Now, You Are Free, Ash Goh Hua, Film Still