Sisters in Cinema

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | March 24, 2005

Thursday, March 24, 2005, 8pm


Yvonne Welbon in person!

Yvonne Welbon’s films and videos work to create a stronger media presence for African-American women. Her award-winning biographical (Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100), autobiographical (Remembering Wei Yi Fang, Remembering Myself…) and narrative (Taste of Dirt) films have been screened on cable, public television, at universities and community centers, and in film and video festivals around the world. Sisters In Cinema is the much anticipated video companion to her print resource guide for and about African-American women feature filmmakers, offering an overview of the lives and the films of African-American women feature film directors from the early part of the century to today. Not finding her cinematic sisters in Hollywood, Welbon set out to find them outside of the system. This documentary profiles that history from Zora Neale Hurston’s ethnographic films in the 1920’s to contemporary makers such as Euzhan Palcy, Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye & Maya Angelou. In addition to her production and research work, Welbon has successfully self-distributed all her films, becoming a noted resource on the subject. The Department of Film, Video & New Media is delighted to welcome this alumna to Conversations at the Edge (KJ Mohr). 2003, Yvonne Welbon, USA, 62 min, video.


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