By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act May 2, 2013 at 7:48PM
Creatively Speaking Film Series and Project Blaq have joined forces for the special event titled Black, Brown and Digital. The event will showcase online based content by filmmakers of color followed by a discussion about the new media platform from the creators of some of today's top web series, including Lenox Ave, For Colored Boys, East Willy B and Brett and the City.
I will be present to assist in moderating the Q&A at the event, held at My Image Studios (MIST) in Harlem on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm.
Read the full press release below and watch the promo video underneath it:
Harlem, New York, April 30, 2013- The revolution has been uploaded- on your screen! Kicking off Internet Week NYC, Black, Brown and Digital (#bbdigital) brings light to the new DIY media culture brewing online amongst people of color. The brainchild of Creatively Speaking Film Series and Project Blaq, (#bbdigital) brings together content creators of color from the internets top web series in one space for a night of screenings and a curated discussion about new media. This FREE event will be held at MIST Harlem from 6-9pm on Wednesday May 15th.
The inception of Black, Brown & Digital stems from the growing trend in online shows fueled by passion and grassroots support that aims to counter the lack of diversity on television (in front of and behind the camera).#bbdigital merges food, music, film and conversation culminating with a night of creating, building community and connecting people of color in the digital world. It is through these efforts, that Black, Brown & Digital aims to connect people of color in the online medium.
The event marks the first collaborative effort between Creatively Speaking Film Series (led by lead curator and founder, Michelle Materre) and Project Blaq, (led by founder, Jasmin Goodman). Both companies focus on uplifting and promoting independent films and independent filmmakers of color. Creatively Speaking gives a home to indie filmmakers of color monthly through their curated program hosted at MIST Harlem. Project Blaq does similar work via its online platform.
This newfound partnership arises to combine efforts in promoting quality black media to the masses and increasing the balanced representation of people of color in film and television. #bbdigital’s is targeting a young audience of indie film and media lovers whom have a pulse on social media and a craving for online television content. Curatorial Assistants, Empress Varnado and Darren Mallett lead the efforts in programming the #bbdigital line up.
“The heart of the event is building our digital family and showing the industry that there is great content made by people of color,” says Darren. The event serves as the catalyst for bridging & promoting the collective efforts amongst these grassroots content creators.
The #bbdigital panelist line up includes:
Al Thompson-- Lenox Ave.
Tony Clomax-- 12 steps to Recovery
Julia Grob--East WillyB
Michael "Boogie" Pinckney--Motion Picture Sh%t
Stacey Muhammad--For Colored Boys
Brett Sanders--Brett and the City
Felice Leon--Running the Streets with Felice (special recorded Issa Rae interview)
A.V. Rockwell--Open City Mixtape
The event will feature the trailers of:
Evolve- The Series -Kia T. Barbee
BOOMERANGS—Hadiyah Dache’ Muhammad
Famous Farrah – Talibah Newman
The event will be moderated by industry insiders including the world renowned indie film blogger Vanessa Martinez from Shadow and Act and TV/Digital Media producer Kai Alexandre. Guest are encouraged to use the hashtag #bbdigital on their various social media outlets to get the discussion and conversations trending on the web.
On Wednesday May 8th, Creatively Speaking and Project Blaq are organizing a Tweet Chat discussing the importance of having a more balanced image of black and brown people in the media. During Internet Week on Monday May 20th, the conversation will continue with an online stream on www.projectblaq.com featuring the #bbdigital content creators. ### For more information about the event and to RSVP please go to http://www.projectblaq.com/bbdigital