An event I'd love to attend, but won't be able to, since I'll be at SXSW when it happens tomorrow, March 9th; but those of you who'll be here in NYC, take advantage. It's a FREE event!
You may recall that I participated in last year's innaugural event in this conference series.
The details for this year (which will include appearances by Julie Dash, Arthur Jafa (who shot Daughters Of The Dust), and Leslie Harris (writer/director Just Another Girl On The IRT) follow below:
A celebration with an evening screening and panel discussion
Twenty years after filmmaker Julie Dash presented the world with the now classic film, Daughters of the Dust, the question in the African American film community still is, "How far have we really come?" This will be revisited at the 20th Anniversary of Daughters of the Dust event presented by the 2nd edition of ReMixed and ReMastered: Defining and Distributing The Black Image in an Era of Globalization, a conference originated in April, 2011 at The New School by film professor and distribution expert Michelle Materre. This FREE event will occur Friday, March 9, 2012 at 5pm at The New School's Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.
Continuing the dialogue from last year’s ReMixed and ReMastered conference, this program will reflect upon Daughters of the Dust’s unique and successful distribution model, as well as the creativity, talent and cultural implications that has made this film such a classic. In 1990, Daughters of the Dust became the first film written, directed and produced by an African American woman to be commercially released which also won the award for Best Cinematography at The Sundance Film Festival. The success of the movie’s release and successful marketing model proved to be the stepping stone for many African American filmmakers to come along since the film’s release who will be present to pay homage to Ms. Dash’s masterpiece.
The curator of the evening, Michelle Materre, also has a special attachment to the film as her company KJM3 Entertainment Group spearheaded the marketing effort along with Kino International, and designed and implemented the distribution and marketing strategy that put the film on the proverbial “map”.
“Daughters' is by far my favorite film of all time because it encapsulates all the things I try to do with my work which is to educate, entertain and inform in a beautifully, aesthetically pleasing way. It crosses cultural boundaries and has informed the rest of my overall career goal which is to increase and enhance audiences for independent filmmakers of color around the globe," says Professor Materre.
The audience will be able to engage in open dialogue with a panel of respected scholars, cultural critics, filmmakers, and industry professionals; see the film on the big screen; and meet the cast and crew at a networking reception. Ending the event, the incomparable Ms. Julie Dash will speak on her journey in the industry, which will be the highlight of the evening.
Special Panelists Include: Michelle Materre, Media Studies faculty member at The New School for Public Engagement; Kathryn Bowser, Marlin Adams and Mark Walton, founders of KJM3 Entertainment Group; Gary Palmucci, Kino Lorber; Grace Blake, veteran Hollywood and independent film producer; Thulani Davis, cultural critic and author; Tracyann Williams, Cultural Studies faculty member at The New School for Public Engagement; Fabio Parasecoli, Coordinator, Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement; Arthur Jafa, Co-producer and cinematographer (Daughters of the Dust); and Leslie Harris, filmmaker (Just Another Girl on the IRT).