4th Annual BlackStar Film Festival
Panel: Media & Social Justice
We understand that film and its companion mediums are central to shifting culture and instigating change, but how is media being used currently to address increasing awareness for justice around social justice issues such as racial profiling, LGBTQ rights, and the prison industrial complex? Panelists will examine these issues and discuss their approaches to making work that matters.
Panelists include: dream hampton, Louis Massiah, Michelle Parkerson, and Terence Nance
Presented in partnership with The School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
dream hampton is a writer, award winning filmmaker, and organizer. A 2014 Film/Theatre Kresge Fellow, hampton’s film credits include: Director: “Treasure: From Tragedy to Transjustice, Mapping a Detroit Story”; Director: “Black August” (2010); Director: “I AM ALI” (2003); Co-Executive Producer: “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”; Co-Producer: “BET Black Girls Rock” (2010-2015); Writer: “BET Honors Awards” (2010-2015); Associate Producer: “The Russian Winter” (2012); and Co-Producer: “Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G.” (1999, Emmy). She directed the music video “QueenS” for TheeSatisfaction which NPR named one of the most stylish music videos of 2012. hampton recently served as the 2015 Visiting Artist at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts where she taught “From Moments to Movements” a course on 21st century activism, new media and new narratives.
Louis Massiah is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides educational workshops and equipment access to community groups and emerging independent media makers. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Massiah has developed community media production methodologies that assists first time makers use time-based visual media as a creative tool for authoring their own history. Currently, he is leading the Great Migration Project, a new collaborative community media project to celebrate the centenary of the beginning of the mass movement of African-Americans from the southern states to the industrial north. Massiah’s award-winning documentaries, which include The Bombing of Osage Avenue, W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in in Four Voices, two films for the Eyes on the Prize II series, and A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown, have been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals and museums throughout the US, Europe and Africa. In 2011, he was commissioned to create a five channel permanent video installation for the National Park Service’s President’s House historic site. Massiah has been a guest artist at Swarthmore College, Temple, Princeton, Haverford College, Ithaca College, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Filmmaker, writer, university professor and performance artist, Michelle Parkerson has been described by other independent filmmakers and scholars as a “trailblazer” and a “visionary risk-taker”. Her first long-form documentary …But Then She’s Betty Carter (1980), is a remarkable portrait of the fiercely independent jazz legend who founded her own recording company. Parkerson’s subsequent documentaries are unforgettable portraits of extraordinary African American women whose life and work illuminate the relationship between race, gender, sexuality, and class in the U.S. She produced the Joseph Camp-directed Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey in The Rock (1983), about the all-women a cappella ensemble that blends diverse African American musical traditions with a commitment to community activism. Pakerson’s short documentary Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box (1987) catches up with Storme DeLarverie as she looks back on her time touring, during the 1950s and 60s, as a master of ceremonies and sole male impersonator of America’s first integrated female impersonation show. In 1993, Parkerson released Odds and Ends, a Sci-Fi short about black women warriors fighting an intergalactic war against racial and gender annihilation. Parkerson co-directed, with Ada Gay Griffin, the award-winning documentary A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1995), about the acclaimed Black lesbian poet, teacher, and activist whose writings articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century. Parkerson’s films and videos have been broadcast on PBS, BET, and The Learning Channel and her work has been screened at numerous international festivals including The Sundance Film Festival and the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. She was awarded the Prix du Public at the Festival International de Creteil Films de Femmes and the Audience and Best Biography Awards at the San Francisco Film Festival. Parkerson has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, Howard University, the University of Delaware, and Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has lectured nationally on film and cultural activism and heads the Washington, DC-based production company, Eye of the Storm Productions. Michelle Parkerson is currently in development on a docudrama entitled Sis Anna about African American educator, visionary, and early feminist scholar, Anna Julia Cooper.
Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Each of his siblings are artists:. Norvis Jr. Djore, and Classi. Terence makes films, installations, performances, and music. Terence makes music under the name Terence Etc. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The album of the same title will be released this year. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa. It is currently available on DVD and Digitally through Cinema Guild. In addition to his personal work, Terence is also an accomplished music video director having collaborated on short films and music videos with Blitz the Ambassador, Cody ChesnuTT, and Pharoahe Monch to name a few. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm and is currently developing his next feature film.