Quick Peek at some SIFTERS at work …

Thank you SIFTER Lois Moses for putting together this fantastic RECAP Video of all SIFT Members have accomplished in 2021:

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Georgia, 1967

Lois Moses and Erica Hawkins will screen their films as part of Scribe Video Center’s PRECIOUS PLACES Series – Thurs. Jan 20, 2022 Virtually 7pm (Crowdcast) Click HERE to Register

and Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This year’s films document Philadelphia’s historic Black Bottom neighborhood by Black Bottom Tribe in Mantua, the Nidhamu Sasa school by The Black Humanist Fellowship in Germantown, Passtown Elementary School made by the Hayti Historical Society in Coatesville, The Conrail-Anderson railyard by Kenzofish Productions in Fishtown, Fisher Park by Olney Culture Lab, the site of Tabu lounge in Center City by Philadelphia Queer Spaces Project, Philadelphia Freedom Schools by Sankofa Freedom Academy, The Colored Girls Museum in Germantown and The Yes Center in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Kristal Sotomayor‘s film EXPANDING SANTUARY (26 min) documentary about the campaign to end the sharing of the police database with Immigration and Customs Enforcement led by Juntos and the Latinx immigrant community in South Philly) has been granted additional funding as part of the Velocity Fund

Danielle M. Lewis Featured Interview on SoundGirls 

Lois Moses was invited to talk with Tiffany Bacon “The Source” on WURD Radio – progressive Black talk media. On Empowerment Friday. Lois brought the fire with her poem “I Don’t Wanna Die Tired, Like I’m Living”

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Leeway Foundation 2021 Recipients of the IPMF Media Artist + Activist ResidencyKristal Sotomayor & Team are one of 5 grantees  

Leeway Foundation recognizes the longstanding power of media artists and social-justice activists throughout the Greater Philadelphia region with $125,000 in funding to five inaugural Leeway x IPMF Media Artist + Activist Residency recipients. This residency will support women, trans*, and gender nonconforming media artists in documenting, reframing, and/or amplifying the issues and campaigns of their local, collaborating social-justice focused organizations.

Kristal Sotomayor, Daniel DeJesus, and Gabe Loredo will be working in collaboration with Juntos to document and develop an online community oral history archive of video interviews of intergenerational Latinx COVID-19 stories. The interviews and collaboration with Juntos community members and youth will shape the storytelling and impact of the docu-animation film Alx Through The Labyrinth (also part of SIFT’s COVID1619 project) about the effects of COVID-19 on Latinx in Philadelphia. In addition… READ MORE

Congrats Yolonda Johnson-Young on finding a home for FINDING ELIJAH your marathon film festival circuit and wins was phenomenal!  Now this powerful doc, your directorial debut, can be seen on KEMISTRY TV NETWORK 

Shameka S.L. Sawyer is leading Screenwriting workshop for emerging filmmakers with no experience.  Starting November 30, 2021 –  Click HERE for details

Stephanie Malson is leading a three month Screenwriting Working Group aimed at those farther along in the process. 

TIME: 6 -8PM
VENUE: Our House Culture Center  6380 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144

Germantown Info Hub will partner with Phreedom Jawn to bring Germantown a double screening of films from two locals who have been impacted by gun violence.

Shameka S. L.  Sawyer Director & Producer of SOMETIMES ID CRY IN JUNE  presents her film that follows Sawyer and her mother as they struggle to accept the untimely murder of their beloved son and brother. It is credited in the Inquirer and her “love letter” to her brother. (20 minutes)


Lois Moses, Adrienne Dolberry & Erica Hawkins present their short-form documentary films as part of Scribe Videos 14-Week Workshop 

Justice for Matt  by Lois Moses
A heroic journey of a young woman’s quest to bring her brother’s assailant to justice and bring peace to her mother and entire family.

Practice by Adrienne Dolberry
During her practice, she slips between the present and a daydream. Ruminating on challenges from the past, she leans on practice—to process, to reconcile, and to move forward to what’s most important in her life. 

Things We Gathered from the Fire by Erica Hawkins
Film focuses on the impact of racial trauma on children. This film explores the trauma that director Erica has endured due to her father’s racially motivated death and her journey to resilience.


NIKKI HARMON @nikkiharmon19 and ASLI DUKAN @maslidukan (IG) are seeking an ART DIRECTOR for a paid gig on a low-budget series to continue the vision and elevate the look of our second season. Must be local to Philadelphia and available to start in November. Shooting in January 2022.

To apply, please send a brief letter of interest and links to previous work to Nikki at


Asli Dukan will teach a Video Production Workshop at Scribe Video Center

Tuesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and Thursdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 (12 Sessions)

Cost: $250, $200 Scribe members
Instructor:  M. Asli Dukan

This workshop covers all major aspects of scripting and shooting a short non-fiction film. Over the 6 weeks, participants will refine their idea and shoot it using Scribe’s Sony FS5. The class includes instruction in scriptwriting, production planning, camera operation, basic lighting, and sound recording. Projects should be no longer than 5 minutes. We encourage documentary subjects that explore personal visions, creative expression and/or community life. Participants will work together as a crew on each other’s projects. Participants must submit a brief written description of their proposed project idea and their motivation for taking the class before the start date. The workshop is limited to 8 participants.  REGISTER

CONGRATS Bettina Escauriza on being a Blackstar 2021 Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab  Fellow!!!

PHILADELPHIA FILMMAKER LAB BlackStar Film Festival this year-long fellowship supports and uplifts Black, Brown and Indigenous emerging and mid-career artists and filmmakers in the Greater Philadelphia area by providing access to equipment, funding, and mentorship, over the course of a year.

Shameka S.L. Sawyer has her first short GRWM (Get Ready With Me) premiering October 23, 2021 – part of Film Premiere for #Trending – 5 films part of a social media thriller anthology.

Each of the films featured have horror themes connected to social media.  Q&A with filmmakers follows 

More Info/Tickets

Eboni Zamani‘s film COLD KILL will screen at Ritz East Thurs. October, 21, 2021 as part of 3 Piece Pictures Presents:

A Cold Kill, Hearts to the Sun and Dear Life, You Suck!

3 Piece Pictures A Cold Kill

3 Piece Pictures Presents: is a collective of filmmakers that presents the independent films and media of Black filmmakers in the Philadelphia region at local theaters and arts venues.

We’re offering people in the Philadelphia region or those visiting the city, the opportunity to support independent Black film online or in-person at local venues to support the recovery of artists and small businesses from the impact of COVID-19.

Q&A will Follow  – REGISTER

Also check out the Mini Interviews of all 3 Filmmakers
on Tinsel & Tine 

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Post Screening Q&A. (sorry terrible lighting)

Kristal Sotomayor latest article for CineSPEAK

At the heart of the Black Community Commitment, announced by Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand in 2020, is a desire to take action where it is needed most. This vision has been supported by a robust partnership strategy, with grants contributing to the areas of social justice, economic empowerment and education and awareness. Today, Jordan Brand is extending the impact of its Black Community Commitment through a total of $1 million in local community grants to 18 grassroots organizations on the front lines of change.

“Happy to announce that @LoveNowMedia is a recipient of a grant from Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand! We are grateful and excited to receive this support for our work amplifying justice, wellness, and equity through love stories.” – Jos Duncan Asé, Founder/Chief Storyteller

Lois Moses w/ TS Hawkins wrote and curated a poetic expedition for The Painted Bride Art Center  – COMMUNITY CAPITAL: AN AFROFUTURISM SOUTH PHILLY WALKING EXPERIENCE

We speak ourselves into existence. But, what happens when others of the world silence your tones to cacophony their worth? As part of the Painted Bride Art’s Center “Power to the Prompt” conversation, Community Capital: an Afrofuturism South Philly Walking Experience, curated and written by TS Hawkins & Lois Moses, illuminates an intersectional poetic expedition of sound and unearthing through the streets of South Philadelphia. Letting ancestors guide permeable possibilities, this walking tour opens multiple dimensions of storytelling that ignite the expansion of mind, body, and spirit! Journeying fixed and beyond, participants will have the opportunity to connect with intergenerational voices searching for an equitable community one neighborhood at a time!

Shameka S.L. Sawyer  of 5 Shorts Project has curated the Short Film Fest part of B.PHL – What is B. PHL? 

An annual three-day innovation celebration to highlight Philadelphia as a fantastic place to live and work; to create meaningful connections locally and globally between people and organizations doing innovative work; and ignite new ideas and inspire changemakers of the future.  Dates: September 29 – October 1, 2021

This year’s festival focus on three pillars: 
Collaboration + Partnerships
Diversity + Perspectives
Rebound + Growth!

B.PHL will present limited  in-person events, plenty of virtual celebrating Philly


Stephanie Malson’s SLOW BURN will screen at cinéSPEAK presents On Love and Joy: Local Film Shorts on Sept 24 & 30, 2021. Cherry Street Pier. 

Dir. Stephanie Malson / 11 min 

SLOW BURN: Two ex-lovers at a crossroad in their lives are confronted with sudden memories of each other. Some memories are too hard to ignore.

We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman

We Are free Because of Harriet Tubman will screen at the 10th Annual Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival on Sept 11, 2021.  

The film directed by Nadine Patterson is a meditation of resistance, history and nature around poetry written and read by Sonia Sanchez, internationally honored poet and scholar, and Professor Emerita of Temple University. The film was shot on location on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, along the UGRR Trail marked by the state, and in Philadelphia, where Tubman found refuge in a community of Free Blacks and Quakers.

Viewers will have the opportunity to stream free Cleveland International Film Festival documentaries, all with an Anisfield-Wolfian flavor, from September 27-October 3. Coupled with each film will be an in-depth interview with the director, hosted by Cleveland State University professor Eric Siler. One new film will be released each day, available to screen from 11 a.m. EDT through 11 p.m. EDT.


Eboni Zamani‘s Short Film RETURN TO… was recently accepted into 2 more Film Festivals and a local Philly Arts Festival – THE BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL
Sat & Sun September 18-19, 2021 

RETURN TO … is a short experimental film that chronicles a young woman’s journey through identity and ancestry, after the passing of her great-grandmother.

 Info/Tickets to Virtual BLACK X FILM FESTIVAL

Marlene and Nadine Patterson Screen ANNA RUSSELL JONES Aug. 12th @7pm with Scribe & AAMP – Anna, Betty and Betye: 3 Women in Craft

Scribe Video Centre in Partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia is presenting special screening featuring Anna Russell Jones, Betty Leacraft and Betye Saar, three women of African descent who have led trailblazing and pioneering careers as artists, often using their work to make pointed and powerful political statements.

Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit
Directed by Nadine Patterson, Produced by Marlene G. Patterson
(USA, 1993, 26 min)

Meet Mrs. Anna Russell Jones, a textile designer in the 1920s and ‘30s, a member of the Women’s Army Auxilary Corps during World War II, and a nurse in the 1950s, she was a professional career woman ahead of her times.  Narrated by Toni Cade Bambara. Music by Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.

$5 Suggested Donation | REGISTER

SIFTMedia 215 Latest Instagram Posts:


SIFTER Shameka Sawyer @5ShortsProject is a curator for @BPHLFest the deadline for submissions is August 1st
All genres of films are accepted.
Submit! –

Originally tweeted by SIFTMedia 215 Collective (@siftmedia215) on July 27, 2021.

We don’t know how she does it all, but SIFTER @kristalsotomayr is bringing her skills and passion to a new project! #IDADocAwards 👏🏾🤩

Originally tweeted by SIFTMedia 215 Collective (@siftmedia215) on June 24, 2021.



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