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Thank you SIFTER Lois Moses for putting together this fantastic RECAP Video of all SIFT Members have accomplished in 2021:
Yolonda Johnson-Young’s film FINDING ELIJAH has been chosen to screen at THE EIGHTH ANNUAL AVFEST May 9th – 15th (Sonoma County CA)
Screening before Women of Slender Means – Tickets/Info
FINDING ELIJAH will also be rebroadcast on WHYY TV-12
Wed. May 18th 11:00pm
Wed. May 25th 7:30pm
Finding Elijah Synopsis: Told from a mother’s perspective, Finding Elijah follows a young man’s journey from home; into mental illness, to homelessness, and ultimately to suicide. It explores how a search for answers leads a mother to action.
Yolonda would also like to remind everyone that May is MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Scribe Video Center’s PRECIOUS PLACES Community History Project 2021 film is being broadcast throughout the Philadelphia region on public television station WHYY-TV12 – presented every Tuesday at 7:30 pm from April 5th to May 24th.
The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of the Philadelphia region’s many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live.
ERICA HAWKINS piece “WHEN A HOUSE IS NOT JUST A HOME” presents the artists sanctuary THE COLORED GIRLS MUSEUM which screens on May 3, 2022 7:30pm – https://www.pbs.org/show/whyy-presents/
Resist is a Womanist Word: A Tribute to SONIA SANCHEZ – Hosts: Arcadia University – Virtual Event Friday, April 29, 2022 7pm ET
This year, poet, activist, and scholar Sonia Sanchez will receive an honorary doctoral degree and address the Class of 2022 at Commencement ceremonies for Arcadia University. Renowned for the messages of freedom and activism in her work, Sanchez once declared that “[r]esist is an ancient word. A holy word. A churchgoing word. A womanist word. A political word. A freedom worker’s word.”
As part of this event, nine incredibly inspiring poets – Angel Hogan, Ewuare Osayande, Greg Corbin, KD Morris, Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Lois Moses, Nzadi Keita, Pat McLean-Smith, and Ursula Rucker: who also serve as community activists in Philadelphia will reflect on how the concept of resistance is demonstrated and activated in their lives. Each will share their poetry and engage in conversation about the influence Sanchez’s work has had on their own.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER – Resist is a Womanist Word: A Tribute to Sonia Sanchez
New Member Welcome – Dai Belquer
New Member Welcome – Charlese Hawkins-Hatton
New Member Welcome – Dr. Iliana Pagán-Teitelbaum
Kristal Sotomayor & Shameka Sawyer are 2 of 12 Lenfest Institute for Journalism – Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange Entrepreneurs
Twelve media entrepreneurs of color will participate in a community-grounded accelerator program and receive grant funding and training
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund are pleased to announce the 12 media founders of color selected to participate in the inaugural Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange, a new community-focused accelerator program. READ MORE
Loses Moses, Dasha “Da Saint”, and Erica Hawkins have films screening March 3, 2022 6pm ET for a Women’s History program at North Carolina Central University click link in PDF to Join
SIFTER Eboni Zamani of Pearls Girls Production now has a channel on The American Dream Marketplace – the new go-to source for discovering #Blackbusinesses, groups, events, networking opportunities.
ADM is a FREE Social Marketplace app created for black businesses and entrepreneurs. The ADM promotes building #Blackwealth by offering Black businesses cash grants and resources from our Corporate partners.
The Afrikan Poetry Theatre Presents Black History Month Film Festival – Asli Dukan’s RESISTANCE screening
Tatiana Bacchus @tbacchus20 interviewed on Nèg Mawon Podcast Exploring and adding to the Haitian story, one episode at a time. Where she shares news of her biographical doc in progress on the Haitian artist ULRICK JEAN-PIERRE: Guardian of History
Nadine’s Lewis Latimer Project Funding Event
SIFTERS Collaborative Effort to Produce
URSULA RUCKER Pop-up
Memoir Poetry & Performance Intensive Workshop
Part of SIFT’s #COVID1619 Project
Thank U @urucker for providing this transformative weekend. Thank U to all the SIFTERS in front & behind the scenes. Thank U @IPMFoundation – tiny clip of beautiful souls who participated in #PopUpMemoirIntensive – watch & hear the #poems – https://t.co/Ps2IdPxLP8 pic.twitter.com/CoftVxynnE— SIFTMedia 215 Collective (@siftmedia215) February 1, 2022
Yes, we’re still hyped about last month’s @urucker PopUp Poetry Wkshp – Here’s the team behind the scenes – Producer @NikkiHarmon19, MC @lois_moses Camera & Tech Team @EboniZamani, @desboynton Timothey Shepherd & Cordell Brown … https://t.co/ptuOxW81kq @hipcinema pic.twitter.com/HVkuXQhZ4e— SIFTMedia 215 Collective (@siftmedia215) February 14, 2022
See Ursual Rucker Workshop RECAP to hear full-length poems
Shameka Sawyer‘s 5 Shorts Project Produced Washington Film Awards Winning Short – DRIVING IN STILETTOS FIRST
A WALK THRU KISMET Co-Working Space
No one was prepared to practically go back into lockdown after getting our vaccines. SIFT wanted to give members a place to gather, work, collaborate, eat, do interviews, podcast, screen films, get away from distractions at home. To that end, we rented space at KISMET in Germantown. It is still available to all SIFTERS and we hope that despite some COVID setbacks you’ll take advantage of the opportunity when possible. Take a look through at this super cool working space environment…
Kristal Sotomayor named among 10 LATINX FILMMAKERS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
by HipLatina.com – In 2021, we saw a lot of up-and-coming Latinx talent in the film industry making big moves. Going into 2022 with that in mind, we wanted to make the extra effort to continue supporting Latinx creators in the entertainment industry as they work to break barriers and do incredible work that entertains, informs and perhaps even more importantly, represents for our communities… READ MORE
“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.
Nadine Patterson was invited to the African American Art & Culture Complex #MLKDay2022 Celebration where she was interviewed by Maria Judice
Featuring discussions around Nadine’s films “Moving with the Dreaming” & “We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman”
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.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
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 Residency – Kristal 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.
DATE: THURS. NOV 18TH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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!!!
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
I’m a little nervous to share. I’ve been working on this all morning. Here’s the trailer for my first short horror film. #Filmmaking #screenwriting #indiefilm #HorrorMovies See it 10/23 https://t.co/79c0Yrc44d pic.twitter.com/mO48mlheca— Shameka S.L. Sawyer (@5ShortsProject) October 13, 2021
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 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
Read my latest @cineSPEAK article interviewing Emily Cohen Ibañez about @FruitsLaborFilm! 🍓 🌷— Kristal Sotomayor (She/They/Ellx) (@kristalsotomayr) October 15, 2021
“The film highlights a unique version of modern American life through the lens of a Latina teen farm worker.”https://t.co/xqDf8YFpMH pic.twitter.com/7V3evBBCwc
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.
RETURN TO …
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
Due to illness WHYY-TV12’s Sreedevi Sripathy had to cancel tonight’s PBS 102 Workshop, but SIFT’s @hipcinema did a great job filling in 👏🏾https://t.co/RckKYdWhfy#Phillyfilmmakers #PublicTelevison #LetterofInterest pic.twitter.com/zZDUALN59z— SIFTMedia 215 Collective (@siftmedia215) September 10, 2021