Presenting avant-garde films that evoke how Black bodies are used to tell provocative stories on the Black experience through rhythm and movement.
Directed & Choreographed by André M. Zachery
Using the backdrop of the Crown Heights community currently at a crossroads, this film intends to create and capture the speculative visions of the neighborhood through the lens of a “seer woman”. The film captures the experiences of a woman based in present day Brooklyn. Conflicted with the changes in the neighborhood, she is torn about what the so-called progress means to her personally and to the people she considers her community. Going out into the community, various spots initiate a deep power within her. A power representing her own heritage and reflecting the community. The spaces and places she comes across everyday, awaken her to a gift with the ability to manifest the existence of a possibilities unseen by others.
Directed by Richard Louissaint
A collaboration between the filmmaker and musician ClassicBeatz, inspired by the words of James Baldwin, the spat of police encounters with people of color, and set against a backdrop of music and dance, all made more biting by the 2016 death of Sandra Bland.
SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN
Directed by Terence Nance
Drenched in the heat, spirit and landscape of South Florida, Swimming in Your Skin Again celebrates the spiritual feminine and coming of age. Guided by female inspirations we tour the ritual anchorages of life in and around Miami: the Catholic church, the swamp, the backyard, the water.. An intensely musical film that Nance collaborated on with his brother and musician Norvis Jr.
THIS AIN'T A EULOGY: A Ritual for Re-Membering
Written and choreographed by Taja Lindley; directed by Taja Lindley and Ellen Maynard
Moved by the non-indictments of the police officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, This Ain't A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering draws parallels between discarded materials and the violent treatment of Black people in the United States. Through performance and installation, Lindley repurposed trash bags to re-member, honor and value the Black lives we have lost due to police violence. In this post-Ferguson moment, Lindley is imagining how to recycle the energy of protest, rage, and grief into creating a world where, indeed, Black lives matter.