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Silence... Broken

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Written, directed and produced by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poetry by Jourdan Imani Keith, Editor: Nadine Stanley

Year released: 
1993
Length: 
8 minutes
Price: 

$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

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Silence...Broken is an experimental narrative short about an African American lesbian's refusal to be silent about racism, sexism and homophobia. Featuring the poetry of acclaimed poet Jourdan Keith, this video is dedicated to the memory of self-defined Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Mother Poet Audre Lorde who died in 1992 after a fourteen-year battle with breast cancer.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is the founder and president of AfroLez® Productions. She is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian independent filmmaker, international lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her internationally acclaimed shorts Silence...Broken, In My Father’s House, and NO!, explore the issues of race, gender, homophobia, rape and misogyny. For three years Ms. Simmons was a co-producer of two television programs for WYBE-TV35 in Philadelphia, PA. She has screened her work and lectured on the impact of the intersections of oppressions, on African-American women’s lives, in Spain, Mexico, South Africa, England, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Hungary, and at numerous colleges/universities and conferences across the United States. Her awards include the 1994 Philadelphia Gay Pride Award; the 1995 Atlantic City Black Film Festival Filmmaker Award; the 1998 Audre Lorde Legacy Award of the Union Institute Center for Women, the 1998 NAACP Exemplary Citizen Award, finalist for the 1998 Roy W. Dean Grant, and the 2000 Bread and Roses Community Fund’s Waters Award for Intergenerational Activism.

Press: 

October 1, 1998 - "A Shaky Market," by Neil Gladstone, Philadelphia City Paper
December 5, 2000 - "Afrolesfemcentric," by An Ngo, Bi-College News

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

July 2005 - Rome, Italy
April 2005 - Vanderbilt University
March 2005 - University of Massachusetts
November 2002 - Oberlin College
September 2001 - Duke University
October 2000 - Yale University
April 2000 - University of Texas (El Paso, TX)
April 2000 - Earlham College
April 2000 - Yale University
March 2000 - Bowdoin College
March 2000 - Williams College
February 2000 - National Student Assembly of the YWCA
January 1999 - The Westtown School
November 1999 - State University of New York at Oneonta
May 1998 - Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Film Festival
February 1998 - Brown University
May 1997 - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
April 1997 - Antioch University
March 1997 - London Black Lesbian & Gay Centre Film Festival
December 1996 - University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
July 1996 - National Black Arts Festival
June 1996 - Law Admissions Council
December 1995 - University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
June 1995 - University of Michigan
April 1995 - Emerging Young Wo/men Filmmakers: A Spring Film Festival
March 1995 - Villanova University's Womanist Visions Series
March 1995 - Black Nations/Queer Nations? - A Working Conference
March 1995 - Lesbian Film Festivals (Hungary & Croatia)
March 1995 - Central High School (Philadelphia, PA)
January 1995 - CEC Feminist Film and Video Series (Philadelphia, PA)
November 1994 - University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
October 1994 - Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival (Rochester, NY)
July 1994 - Various locales in Capetown, South Africa
June 1994 - San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
June 1994 - "Through the Lens 4," WYBE-TV 35 (Philadelphia, PA)
March 1994 - Central High School (Philadelphia, PA)
March 1994 - CEC Feminist Film and Video Series (Philadelphia, PA)
February 1994 - "On the Q-Tip" exhibit, Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA)
November 1993 - Through Our Eyes Film Festival
November 1993 - Chicago International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
May 1993 - Festival of Independents, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

Shelter Stories

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Meryl Perlson

Year released: 
1990
Length: 
14:30 minutes
Price: 

$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

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Told from the perspective of five homeless teenagers living with their families in shelters, the video examines some of the causes of homelessness and debunks many of the common myths about who is homeless and why. The quintet is eager to demystify shelter conditions, the effects of homelessness on family and academic life, and their growing awareness of how media and society deal -- or don't deal -- with their homelessness.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Meryl Perlson
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Perlson began making documentary and experimental video in Philadelphia in the late 1980's. She is a founding member of the Termite TV Collective, an ongoing swarm devoted to the creation of alternative media. Her award-winning collective and individual work has been broadcast on PBS and cable, exhibited nationally in museums including MOMA (NYC) and the New Museum, and shown at a wide range of festivals. She has an MFA in Film/Media Arts from Temple University, and has taught at the university level for the past decade. She is currently a mother/artist in Medford, MA, where her life sequences between family, community, art and teaching is always subject to interruption.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

March 10, 1991 - "Panel: The Aesthetics of Community-Based Video," Women in the Directors Chair Film & Video Festival (Chicago, IL)

Served Souls

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Produced by Tina Morton

Year released: 
1997
Length: 
30 minutes

Did she do it?

In 1944, twenty-two year old Corrine Sykes was an illiterate housemaid accused of killing her employer, Freda Wodlinger -- and in 1946 she became the first African-American woman to be executed in Pennsylvania. But years after Corrine's death by electric chair, rumors circulated within the African-American community about a death-bed confession made by Wodlinger's husband that was published in an obscure corner of a local Philadelphia newspaper. Everyone remembers reading the confession but copies of the article were never found...

Filmmaker's Name: 
Tina Morton
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Tina Morton is an award-winning and prolific film and videomaker whose previously completed films and videos, include: The Dance in Aunt Ida Lee [LINK TO SCRIBE CATALOG ENTRY], A Day's Work, We The People, OpnFlo: Investigation, If You Call Them, The Plan and A Promise Fulfilled, which documents a Vietnam veteran who made a promise to his fallen comrade to journey across country in a horse-drawn covered wagon in the tradition of the Buffalo Soldiers. Morton's work has been broadcast on public television, featured in film festivals, exhibited in galleries and museums, and taught in colleges and universities in numerous cities across the United States.

Tina divides her time between Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC where she is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University. In addition to her teaching experience at Howard University, she has taught several film/video production courses at Temple University and has served as a project facilitator for several Scribe Video Center community based projects.

Press: 

June 2, 2004 - "Soul Searching," by Kia Gregory, Philadelphia Weekly
May 16, 2001 - "Severed Souls - Wrongly Accused, Corrine Sykes, First Black Woman Executed," by Arlene Edwards, Philadelphia New Observer
May 15, 2001 - Philadelphia Tribune article
May 9, 2001 - The Leader article

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 4, 2006 - Black Independent Film Festival, sponsored by Quinnipiac’s Multicultural Affairs Committee and the School of Communications, Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
May & June 2004 - Art Showcase Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)
March 4 & 5, 2004 - Sisters Defining Sisters Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
March 2002 - Sedgwick Cultural Center (Philadelphia, PA)
2002 & 2003 - Part of Women in the Directors Chair Touring Festival
November 2002 - International Black Women's Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)
November 2002 - DocSide Film Festival (San Antonio, TX)
October 2002 - University of Chicago, Gender Studies screening (Chicago, IL)
October 2002 - Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)
August 2002 - Broadcast on DUTV, Cable 54 (Philadelphia, PA)
June 2002 - Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel 34 (New York, NY)
March 2002 - Women in the Director's Chair (Chicago, IL)
March 2002 - DC Independent Film Festival (Washington DC)
March 2002 - Color of Violence Conference (Chicago, IL)
March 2002 - Future Faculty Fellowship Presentation (Philadelphia, PA)
March 2002 - Gene Siskel Black Harvest Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
February 2002 - Hollywood Black Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
December 2001 - McCallister College (St. Paul, MN)
November 2001 - "Independent Women Filmmakers: Viewpoints From Within" at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
October 2001 - Oral History and Video: Oral History Mid-Atlantic Region Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
September 2001 - "Prison Breaks: Redemption, Revolution and Reality" at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
August 2001 - Street Movies! sponsored by Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)
May 2001 - "Philadelphia Stories" broadcast on WYBE-TV35 (Philadelphia, PA)
April 30, 2001 - 10th Annual Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (Philadelphia, PA)

Los Trabajadores

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

CATA (El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas),

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA)

Year released: 
2002
Length: 
20 minutes
Price: 

$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

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They didn't get mad. They got organized. Los Trabajadores (The Workers) tells the stories and day-to-day experiences of mushroom farm laborers based in Kennett Square and Reading, PA and examines their efforts to improve working and living conditions through organizing. The video illustrates the weighty challenges faced by Pennsylvania-area migrant farmworkers -- from migration and arrival in the United States to difficult labor, housing and health conditions -- and the benefits and victories that organizing collectively can produce.

Filmmaker's Photo: 
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Filmmaker's Bio: 

El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) is a migrant farmworker organization governed by and comprised of farm workers who are actively engaged in the struggle for better working and living conditions. CATA still actively uses the bilingual video documentary in its outreach work.

Press: 

December 4, 2002 - Brief mention in Philadelphia Weekly's Reperatory Film section

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

December 11, 2002 - Part of Community Visions Premiere at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)

September 10, 2003 - Part of Street Movies screening that was in turn part of Hala Cine Latino Film Festival (Philadelphia, PA)

September 16 & 20, 2003 - Part of WYBE-TV 35's Philadelphia Stories series (Philadelphia, PA)

Face To Face

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Asian Americans United & Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Cindy Wong & Carl Lee

Year released: 
1996
Length: 
17 minutes
Price: 

$79 for Community Institutions: Libraries, Schools, Non-Profits / $99 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

This dynamic tape video, produced by the AAU youth group, explores issues of identity, culture and rights. Shot in a raw, shaky-cam style, Face to Face has fun recontextualizing popular Asian cinematic caricatures, but primarily focuses on the faces of its 10 teen directors. They describe how they deal with stereotypes at school, being harassed by the police, and being in gangs -- or just having people assume that they're in one.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Asian Americans United & Carl Lee
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Asian Americans United is a grass-roots, community based development organization devoted to advocating and responding to the needs of Philadelphia-based people of Asian ancestry. This non-profit, community-based social change organization works primarily with poor and working class, and immigrant and refugee communities.

Carl Lee is currently the Tech Director of Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY and a working video artist/activist. He is also a member of Termite TV collective, which among other projects, produces the "Living Documentary" series.

Press: 

Winter/Spring 1996 - Asian Americans United Update Newsletter

February 26, 1998 - "Nobody's A Star: The Uncommon Power of Philadelphia's Community Video Scene" by Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

1995 to 1996 - Screened at the Chicago Asian American Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts "Healing Through the Arts" conference

September 20, 1996 - Part of Scribe Video Center's Community Visions premiere at International House (Philadelphia, PA)

October 28, 1996 - Broadcast on Through the Lens, WYBE TV 35 (Philadelphia, PA)

August 9, 1999 - Part of Street Movies! screening across street from kensington Joint Action Council at 1818 E. Huntington Park (Philadelphia, PA)

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