After coming across a number of exemplary films produced by African American and Latino filmmakers who struggled with a space to exhibit their work, original founding partners Kathryn Bowser and Michelle Materre decided to create Creatively Speaking. Since 1996, their niche film series has garnered a reputation of curating a stellar, handpicked selection of high quality, entertaining, and informative films that take an in-depth look at the African, Latino, and Caribbean diasporas.
On Saturday, February 22, the film series continues at The New School with a daylong conference featuring screenings, panels, and networking opportunities at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center. Participants will engage with three distinctive topics and programs: global economics, women in higher education, and new trends in web series. See below for more information on the three films to be shown. Each showing will be followed by a roundtable discussion with the filmmakers and invited guests. Click here for more information on the conference.
Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora
Executive Produced by Dr. Keith Nurse, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica – 50 mins.
Shot in nine countries across the globe, this film reveals the economic power of the people of the Caribbean Diaspora living in global cities and focuses on the significance of their contribution to their respective homelands as travelers and entrepreneurs.
Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower
by Roxanna Walker-Canton – 75 mins.
Living Thinkers examines the intersection of race, class and gender in the experiences of contemporary Black women professors and administrators through their education narratives from girlhood to the present. Black women see the university as a space to find personal identity, give voice to global and community issues, and make significant contributions to American intellectual history, revealing the trials, disappointments and triumphs of becoming Black women professors in the US. Roxana Walker-Canton is an award-winning independent documentary-maker, video installation artist and professor of media studies and screenwriting.
Black, Brown and Digital
The revolution has been uploaded — onto your trans-media screens! Last May, Black, Brown and Digital (#bbdigital) began at MIST Harlem and brought to light the new DIY media culture brewing online amongst people of color. The brainchild of the Creatively Speaking Film Series and Project Blaq, Black, Brown and Digital brings together content creators of color from the internet’s top web series in one space for a night of screenings and a curated discussion about new media. Curated New School’s School of Undergraduate Studies alumni Darren Mallett, and New School Media Studies student Empress Varnado.