executive producer and CEO ChromaticBlack.org
Friday 18th August
PANEL DISCUSSION - Celebrating Our Stories Through The Lens: The Development and Making of 'FANNIE'
Fannie Lou Hamer was an African American civil rights activist in the 1960’s. She publicly and passionately broadcast the sufferings of Blacks in the racist South especially with regards to voting. This heroine’s inspiring story was depicted in a staged reading written by Regina Taylor and then in the film, FANNIE. Actress Aunjanue Ellis brings this trailblazer to life with a riveting and heart wrenching solo performance.
Christine Swanson directed this critically acclaimed short along with producers Stephanie Frederic and Abeni Bloodworth. Bloodworth, CEO of ChromaticBlack.org, launched the Ida B. Wells Fund. It provides funding for selected short films that disrupt the master narrative. Two different genres heralded by women of color using the lens to celebrate stories not commonly told.
Stephanie Frederic, journalist and executive producer
Christine Swanson, film & television director
Abeni Bloodworth, executive producer and CEO ChromaticBlack.org
Aunjanue Ellis, award-winning actress
Regina Taylor, award-winning actress and playwright
Moderator: Angela Ray
Thursday 17th August
FILM SHORTS: XXVisible; Neighbor; FANNIE
Film Short: XXVisible (12 min.; Drama)
Filmmaker: Bobby Yan
It's 2020, COVID-19 has shut down the entire world. In the midst, a successful, young Asian American struggles to navigate life during the lock down. A series of events forces the man to confront issues of self-identity and racial politics, culminating into an aggressive Anti-Asian attack against his family.
Film Short: Neighbor (6 min.; Light Drama)
Filmmaker: William Andre Buchanan
He looks iffy. He dresses street. He's not our kind of people...right? Or is he?
Film Short: FANNIE (10 min.; Drama)
Filmmaker: Abeni Bloodworth
Sharecropper turned social justice advocate, Fannie Lou Hamer publicly highlights the scare tactics used in Mississippi to prevent Black Americans from voting. Hammer forces this country to examine itself with one question, “Is this America?