12.07.2012

Filmmaking Sisters...There Is An Audience

Taj Paxton, Tina Mabry, Ava DuVernay, & Victoria Mahoney
On Ellesol, I found an article about Black female filmmakers.  Not something you hear a lot of.  In fact, the only Black female filmmaker I could name off the top of my head is Kasi Lemmons, who directed Eve's Bayou and The Caveman's Valentine, two exceptional films that didn't get the respect they deserve.  Par for the course in Hollywhite.


"If any of us try to wait for permission, it is not going to happen for us. But for better or worse, with the collapsing model of the industry, with the advent of social media and digital filmmaking, it is no longer a space where we have to sit back and wait to be heard. The compromise is recalibrating what we see as success."
Read the rest of the article here.

7 comments:

  1. I hope to see more African American women like this in Hollywood.

    One of reasons why I dont watch a lot of TV is that Hollywood do what they want to do concerning minorities.Unless the actors has a college degree,they will barely get their foot in the door.They will not take us seriously.The next time people questions Black folks about being mostly in comedies,I would tell them its not that we just want to always be in that,but whenever Black people presents serious story lines to Hollywood,they do not want to accept them.This is the top gripe they have with Hollywood.

    I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Shonda Rhimes has something to do with SCANDAL and look at how successful the show is. Ill level with you.I originally thought that it wasnt going to go past first base because 1)Its serious series being done by a Black woman 2)The interracial theme behind it. With all the racists out there ,that the show was going to get rigged in someway like with POI..lol! Not to say that there aren't none that have,but so far,SCANDAL has garnered some very positive responses. Although I happy for the show,in the back of me,a part of me still say that Hollywood will find a way to rig it.

    We need more Black women like Shonda and the others you mentioned on here.Hollywood s problem is that they think they know who we are and what we want when they really dont.When they try to do us,most times its not honest,it doesn't not from our experience and as we all know,Hollywood want to remain White as long as they can.As a result,that is why they are dying.

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  2. I recently ordered an issue of bitch magazine that has an article on Black Feminist Film School and spoke of black female filmmakers.

    Their blog:
    http://blackfeministfilmschool.wordpress.com/

    List of films they love:

    http://blackfeministfilmschool.wordpress.com/films-filmmakers/

    Their post upon being covered in the magazine:

    http://blackfeministfilmschool.wordpress.com/?s=BITCH

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  3. Although I happy for the show,in the back of me,a part of me still say that Hollywood will find a way to rig it.

    You read my mind.

    Hollywood s problem is that they think they know who we are and what we want when they really dont. When they try to do us,most times its not honest,it doesn't not from our experience...

    BINGO!!!!

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  4. If any of us try to wait for permission, it is not going to happen for us. But for better or worse, with the collapsing model of the industry, with the advent of social media and digital filmmaking, it is no longer a space where we have to sit back and wait to be heard. The compromise is recalibrating what we see as success

    A...MEN.

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  5. @Tigerpetals:

    Thanks for the links!

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  6. I love the fact that you brought up Kasi Lemmons, because she really didn't get the due cred she deserved in Hollywood with both Eve's Bayou and Caveman's Valentine. I did a thesis on her in Film school. I had the privilege of interviewing Ava Duvernay for an film blog I used to run a couple of years ago. She's super nice and very humble...she's getting famous so I hope her personality stays the same. Thanks for posting this.

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    1. @Jamie: I have been a KL fan since she was cast as Ardelia Mapp in The Silence of the Lambs. She does NOT get the respect she's due.

      I was very pleased to stumble across this article when doing my morning scans. It brought new names (for me) to the forefront, names that I'll be watching out for in the future.

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