4th Annual Blackstar Film Festival
Director/cinematographer/producer Arthur Jafa (“Daughters of the Dust,” “Crooklyn,” “Dreams Are Colder Than Death”), Director/cinematographer Malik Sayeed (“He Got Game,” “Belly”, “Deshotten”), and producer/curator/lecturer and exhibition designer Elissa Blount-Moorhead (The Contemporary, Weeksville Heritage Center), have partnered to create TNEG™, a motion picture studio “modeled on the production philosophies of Motown, Pixar, and Dogme”. TNEG’s principal aim is the creation a black cinema “capable of matching the power, beauty and alienation of black music”.
In this special program BlackStar will screen selected shorts, early investigations and rarely seen works produced and/or selected by TNEG™. A conversation will follow with Jafa and Blount-Moorhead in which they map out theoretical propositions concerning black cinema, underlying concepts, influences and objectives, as well as future TNEG™ projects. “Not just new narratives but new aesthetics, new technical parameters, new intensities” all in the service of an emergent “black cinema as central (culturally, socially, and economically) to the 21st century as was black music to the 20th century”.
Works to be screened include:
- Considerations (dir. Arthur Jafa)
- Deshotten 1.0 (dirs. Malik Sayeed and Arthur Jafa)
- SMile (dir. Arthur Jafa)
- APEX_scenario (dir. Arthur Jafa)
- New Soul Rebel: Adrian Younge (dirs. Malik Sayeed and Arthur Jafa)
- Nadine (dir. Arthur Jafa)