Past Events

 

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Kemper Museum: Midwest Premiere!

Thankful for all who came out to the Kemper Museum for the Midwest premiere of black enuf* Thank you for talking to people you don’t know about perceptions, engaging in discussion, and welcoming my art! Like a fantasy high school reunion. I’ll be back with the film in February 2018, come out & tell your friends.


Carrie Hawks & Helen Wright, festival coordinator

Carrie Hawks & Helen Wright, festival coordinator

Scottish Queer Int'l Film Fest

We had a great time in Glasgow at SQIFF kind folks and drunken singers in the streets. The festival had amazing films and a whole panel on Bisexuality which often gets lost at Queer festivals. That's me with festival coordinator, Helen Wright.


Brooklyn Museum

Thrilled to be back at the Brooklyn Museum as part of Black Queer Brooklyn on Film, a collection of film works featured in conjunction with We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-1985.  Quantum Split opened up the evening with three songs, then black enuf* screened followed by The Personal Things (dir Reina Gossett) and a sneak peak of Happy Birthday, Marsha.


Queens Museum: Set on Freedom 

black enuf* screened along with other works curated by Hot Cabinet (Tiffany Joy Butler and Devyn Manibo). They curated an amazing set of videos and films that address the working dynamics of the Set on Freedom exhibition such as displacement, dispossession, home, and strength. The films centered on work from Queens-based video/filmmakers and artists of color who were raised in Queens neighborhoods, and whose work is influenced by this idea of home. 


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LASS Screening at SCAD

LASS (Ladies Animated Short Screening) had a nice turnout for our screening and panel discussion at SCAD. Savannah charmed us with ghost stories and grits. Great to see budding animators and talk shop with these artists.

Getting ready for the animation workshop.

Getting ready for the animation workshop.

Animation Workshop

At the Kemper Museum, I lead an animation workshop for kids and adults. We watched old classics from Lotte Reiniger, Chuck Jones, and looked at Thai Shadow Puppets. Then we made zoetropes.


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Out on Film: Atlanta's LGBTQ Festival

At the 30th Annual Out on Film, I was thrilled to see my buddies in the audience. I also had the chance to see Alaska is a Drag by Shaz Bennet, a film about an aspiring drag queen/boxer living in Alaska. BONUS: black enuf* won an Audience Award!!!

I picked up the Audience Award in ATL!

I picked up the Audience Award in ATL!


Mixed Remixed Festival in L.A.

Had the pleasure of screening my film along with "Silences" by Octavio Warnock-GrahamThe Mixed Remixed Festival is the nation's premiere cultural arts festival celebrating stories of mixed-race and multiracial families and individuals through films, books and performance.


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Wish I could have been there for the 17th annual Korea Queer Film Festival! They screened Negro Hair Petting Zoo along with other queer films. Congratulations on a successful event!


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Inception to Exhibition

ITE NY (Inception to Exhibition) hosted an in-progress screening on Saturday November 7th. They showcased the first length rough draft for a packed house and hosted a Q&A session afterwards.

I got great feedback from the audience. In the talk, I relayed how most people I interviewed for the film were open to talking about race. It’s a delicate subject in some circles, but it seems folks are anxious to share their thoughts and experiences.

Looking forward to the final draft in early 2016!

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Best Animation Award

Grateful to be among the recipients of film awards from the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Festival. black enuf* won "Best Animation" at the 20th annual festival.


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me, Marjuan Canady, Gabrielle Moses, & Francesca Andre (L to R)

me, Marjuan Canady, Gabrielle Moses, & Francesca Andre (L to R)

Billi Martin (host), Marjuan Canady, Carrie Hawks, Francesca Andre, and Gabrielle Moses

Billi Martin (host), Marjuan Canady, Carrie Hawks, Francesca Andre, and Gabrielle Moses

Screened with these fantastic directors in Brooklyn. Their projects included a kids' series, (How to With Callaloo, dir by Canady), a short about colorism (Charcoal, dir by Andre), and one with an albino protagonist (Leche, dir by Moses).  Listen a snippet of the Q&A after the Alamo screening


Verso Premiere

Premiere Screening @ Verso Books

Much thanks to Verso Books (Dumbo location) for hosting the world premiere screening of black enuf* We had a great turnout and a fantastic crowd! They discussed perception and identity before watching all three of my animated documentaries. Shout out to my editor in the front row!


BlackStar Film Festival 2017

I love this festival! Maori and her team curate an amazing selection of films, panels on Black Aesthetics and Distribution, and art exhibits. black enuf* screened with Mtume Gant's film "White Face" and Elizabeth Webb's "For Paradise" If you're anywhere near Philly, get there next year!


Brooklyn Museum 2015

In February 2015, The Brooklyn Museum asked us to present an in-press screening during First Saturdays. Tickets for the screening ran out in just 15 minutes! We were please to have such a packed house and a great audience.

Before the screening, I lead the audience in an exploration of identity: perceived vs. actual.
My example: People see me as a mixed-race hip-hop head.
Reality: I’m black, with blackish parents and have a serious affinity for Depeche Mode.

Each person explored how others see them and how they see themselves. For the next few minutes, they shared these ideas with audience members. A few brave souls volunteered to share with the entire group. I learned a lot and appreciated the honesty.