A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.
Witnessing Frances’ journey so far makes me want to climb back in the director’s chair. I was blown away by her short “Boneshaker” at Sundance and during the annual SXSW “Women in Cinema” panel, she spoke with such passion about her clear focus of telling stories about Africans and determination to work with non-actors of African descent. Next stop for the film: Nashville Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, NYU’s First Run Film Festival and NY African Film Festival. Oh and she’s currently Kickstarting for her next short, “Afronauts”. Holler if you got a dollar, folks!
Nekisa Cooper and Dee Rees
The gamechangin’ duo behind award-winning “Pariah” updated fans this week with photo tweet of director Rees and genius cinematographer Bradford Young. Caption: “Getting ready for another one!” A reminder to us all: always be creating. If you haven’t seen their powerful short-turned-feature coming of age featuring a young Black lesbian, it’s available on DVD, iTunes and On Demand.
Her documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” has been on my must-see list ever since I rewatched “Black Power Mixtape”, which also features the legendary Angela Davis. Great news for me…I mean audiences everywhere because it was announced this week the film will be available for Tugg Inc. screenings (what’s that?). “Free Angela” will also play at upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in North Carolina and open in select AMC theaters on April 5th. Fun fact: Lynch’s first name is pronounced SHAH-la.