Zoé Samudzi will write for the program in Bamako, Mali which centers Africa as a global concept. A series of talks, performances, and film screenings will navigate political and ideological histories, recognizing the moving image’s role in the service of poetry, conformism, and politics.
We’re collaborating with Red Bull on a program for early-career professionals applying their creativity towards social change. Participants will speak with filmmakers Boots Riley and Sephora Woldu about strategies for creating mission-driven arts and culture–with and without lots of money.
We’re collaborating with the de Young Museum to commemorate Dr. Huey P. Newton, supporting the Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power exhibition. The conversation includes Lynnée Denise and Fredrika Newton, widow and thought partner of the influential revolutionary.
Candyman, set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Homes, has haunted the public imagination since its 1992 release. With a Jordan Peele reboot in production, Chicago Humanities Festival invited us for an opening night screening and talk with Lisa Yun Lee of the National Public Housing Museum.
We’ve been invited to a training program for art cinema executives during the Venice Bienniale and Venice International Film Festival. We’ll present on eventification in the cinema and caucus with European leadership on programming, diveristy, and the streaming economy.
MATATU’s founder, Michael Orange, will co-chair the 2020/2021 Art House Convergence conferences, supporting leadership development in diversity, operations, programming, and marketing for 300 US cinemas and festivals.
In Cleveland, we’re speaking with Leo Vazquez of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking on the role of the arts in preserving equitable communities, spatial justice, neighborhood health and resilience, economic mobility, and collective civic imagination.
We’re collaborating with Zap Mama (Belgium/Congo), centering the legacy of Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The program includes Raoul Peck's ‘Patrice Lumumba: la mort du Prophete’ followed by the artist’s one-woman-show.
We’re producers on PolicyLink’s ‘100 Million and Counting: A Portrait of Economic Insecurity in the United States.’ The campaign is supported by a $150,000 grant to engage communities in six regions of the nation, and present their stories in a cinematic experience.
We’re executive producers on Saul Williams’ new SciFi musical with Kara Walker, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Stephen Hendel. ‘From an otherworldy village made of recycled computer parts, a collective performs the most outrageous hacks in world history.’ Filming in Rwanda Q1 2020.