by Tambay A. Obenson
April 5, 2013 4:06 PM 1 Comment
Here's a film we've been following since 2009... Our last update was 2 years ago. I was reminded of it after coming across 3 new clips from the upcoming film that the filmmaker uploaded to YouTube in the last 4 days.
A good sign, I thought right away! It's still very much alive and progressing. And then I noticed the call for donations to assist in funding the film's completion.
First, for those who weren't readers of this site before 2011, a recap...
A work-in-progress at the time that's still very much a work-in-progress... It's titledInvisible Universe: A History Of Blackness In Speculative Fiction, and it explores the relationship between African Diasporic images and popular fantasy, horror, science fiction literature and film, as well as the alternative perspectives produced by content creators of color.
The documentary features interviews with major writers, scholars, artists and filmmakers and explores comics, television, film and literature by deconstructing stereotyped images of black people in the genres, revealing how black creators have been consciously creating their own universe.
M. Asli Dukan is the writer, producer and director, a New York City resident, and graduate from The City University of New York with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Media and Communication Arts in 1999.
The project, which has been in production since 2003, is in need of funding to be completed. It's a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, which is also where you can contribute to its completion by click HERE.
It's a documentary that I'm very interested in seeing whenever it's done, and if you agree, let's help it get there sooner than later.
Below you'll find the trailer, if you need some enticement; and underneath the trailer, you'll find the 3 new clips the filmmaker uploaded recently to YouTube, featuring Octavia Butler, Nichelle Nichols and Samuel R. Delany: