Producers' Forum

Eye of the Storm: The Films of Michelle Parkerson

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PRODUCERS’ FORUM
Screening and Discussion Series

Tuesday, April 30, 5:00PM & Wednesday, May 1, 5:30PM

Among the first African American women filmmakers to explore the intersections between race, gender, LGBT sexual identity, and class, ,strong>Michelle Parkerson’s impressive body of work contains portraits of some of the most extraordinary artists of the last half of the 20th century, including the jazz musician vocalist Betty Carter, the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in The Rock, and the extraordinary poet/essayist Audre Lorde.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 @ INTERNATIONAL HOUSE - 3701 CHESTNUT STREET

5:00PM
A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
A film by Ada Gay Griffin & Michelle Parkerson
USA, 1995, Color, 60 min
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe members
An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher, and
activist, Audre Lorde, whose writing--spanning four decades--articulated some of the most
important social and political visions of the century.

6:00 PM – Artist Reception

7:00PM
Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box
A film by Michelle Parkerson
USA, 1987, 21 min
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe members
This short 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.

...But Then, She's Betty Carter
A film by Michelle Parkerson
USA, 1980, 53 min
This lively film is an unforgettable portrait of legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter.
Uncompromised by commercialism, she forged alternative criteria for success--including
founding her own recording company.

Eye of the Storm: The Films of Michelle Parkerson

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 5:30pm
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:00pm
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Location(s)

International House Philaelphia and Scribe Video Center
3701 Chestnut Street and 4212 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Join Scribe Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 as we proudly present a series of retrospective screenings and a Master Class to celebrate Michelle Parkerson’s groundbreaking film work. Among the first African American women filmmakers to explore the intersections between race, gender, LGBT sexual identity, and class, Michelle Parkerson’s impressive body of work contains portraits of some of the most extraordinary artists of the last half of the 20th century, including the jazz musician vocalist Betty Carter, the a cappella innovators Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the extraordinary poet/essayist Audre Lorde.

Full listing of events

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia, Third World Newsreel, Women Make Movies, Department of Film & Media Arts at Temple University, Leeway Foundation, and BlackStar Film Festival

My Brooklyn

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location(s)

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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My Brooklyn
a film by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean

(USA, 2013, 76 min)

Tuesday, April 9, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members
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Director Kelly Anderson in person

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia and Next City.

My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson's journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that - despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City - is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The film's ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

Directed and produced by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean, and My Brooklyn includes interviews with Brooklyn residents, business owners, journalists, activists, artists, planners, historians, elected officials, and developers. The film has been in production since 2006, and was shot in locations from Downtown Brooklyn, to Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Bed-Stuy. In addition to important contemporary footage, the film features a rich tapestry of archival material, including photographs by Jamel Shabazz from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

Mr. Shabazz's photograph of Fulton Mall in the 1980′s is pictured at right.

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Kelly Anderson (Director, Producer, Editor) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media studies at Hunter College (CUNY). She recently completed Never Enough, a documentary about clutter, collecting and Americans’ relationship with their material possessions, which won an award for Artistic Excellence at the Big Sky Documentary Festival. Her other work includes Every Mother’s Son (with Tami Gold), about three mothers whose children were killed by police and who became advocates for police reform, which won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on P.O.V. Anderson and Gold also made Out At Work, which was at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO. Anderson is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Allison Lirish Dean (Writer, Producer, Researcher) has covered arts, culture, and urban planning and policy issues for public radio, and for publications such as The Next American City and Gotham Gazette. Her film production credits include Someplace Like Home (2008), an award-winning video for FUREE, a Brooklyn-based community organization. My Brooklyn grew in part out of extensive ethnographic research Dean conducted about the Fulton Mall as part of a study led by the Pratt Center for Community Development. In addition to her work as an independent media producer, Dean is Communications Associate for PolicyLink, a non-profit focused on equity and public policy. Dean holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in music theory and composition, and a masters in urban and regional planning from Hunter College/CUNY, and has served on the faculties of Bronx Community College and Brooklyn College/CUNY teaching both music and media studies and production.

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Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

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