New Negress Film Society invites you to its inaugural Collective Conversations Series.
This virtual conversation series features scholars and filmmakers amplifying communal forms of filmmaking while centering the political act of collectivity.
This free and public event series will be recorded and made available here. Selected film clips representing several films and media collectives will screen on loop at the Maysles Documentary Center as part of their Sidewalk Cinema.
Upcoming Conversation in January 2022.
L.A. Rebellion members Zeinabu irene Davis, Ben Caldwell, and Barbara McCullough
In the late 1960s, in the aftermath of the Watts Uprising and against the backdrop of the continuing Civil Rights Movement and the escalating Vietnam War, a group of African and African-American students entered the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, as part of an Ethno-Communications initiative designed to be responsive to communities of color (also including Asian, Chicano and Native American communities). Now referred to as the "L.A. Rebellion," these mostly unheralded artists created a unique cinematic landscape, as—over the course of two decades—students arrived, mentored one another and passed the torch to the next group. Beyond the films themselves, what makes the L.A. Rebellion movement a discovery worthy of a place in film history is the vitality of its filmmakers, their utopian vision of a better society, their sensitivity to children and gender issues, their willingness to question any and all received wisdom, their identification with the liberation movements in the Third World, and their expression of Black pride and dignity.
Biography from UCLA Film & Television Archive
Third Horizon members Romola Lucas and Monica Sorelle
Third Horizon is dedicated to developing, producing, exhibiting, and distributing film and other art forms that give voice to the stories of the Caribbean, its diaspora, and other marginalized and underrepresented spaces in the Global South. Their flagship initiative is the Third Horizon Film Festival, which takes place every year in Miami and celebrates the exciting new wave of cinema and creativity emerging from the Caribbean and its diaspora. It was recently named “one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine.
Maysles Documentary Center (MDC) is a Harlem-based nonprofit organization committed to community, education, and documentary film. We use filmmaking to amplify and expand under-represented artists and narratives, while empowering young filmmakers in creative self-expression, communicating ideas, and advocating needs.