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Saartjie Baartman (Hottentot Venus) Film Project

Check the full article at Shadow and Act posted 04.22:
I just learned, via the Africa Is A Country blog, that French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche is working on a film centered on the story of Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, otherwise derogatorily known as the Hottentot Venus.
The film titled Black Venus, will be the first feature film with [...]

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project

I’ve blogged about Sakia Gunn several times, so I was very interested to see this trailer today. You know, I’m sorry this film even exists but I’m glad someone made it. It’s screening as part of the upcoming New York African Diaspora Film Festival.

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h/t Shadow and Act

Saturday fantasy Film Festival

Who: Trade&Row – a Los Angeles-based 501c3 nonprofit organization established to develop and support community-oriented programs that engage current issues through the visual, performing and literary arts. For more information about Trade&Row, please visit:
What: Trade&Row, a nonprofit community organization, is happy to present its second annual Saturday Fantasy Film Festival Fundraiser. Independent short films [...]


Tonight I went to see The Garden, an excellent documentary about a 14-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles. I remembered following the news stories about it when the struggle to keep the garden had come to a boil. I won’t say more because I urge you to see it; [...]

Vanity Fair and Banana Republic Present Project:Involve City Stories

I received an email about this
Banana Republic and Vanity Fair present Project:Involve City Stories, a series of short films inspired by the French New Wave cinema aesthetic of the Banana Republic Fall 2009 campaign.
View the work of 40 independent filmmakers, cast your vote for your favorite short, and enter for your chance to win a [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
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      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

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