Happy Birthday Ida B. Wells!!!!

16 07 2014

It is Ida B. Wells Day!!!

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Shield. For Ida B. Wells by Alexis P. Gumbs. 

In honor of Ida B. Wells Day (July 16th), here is an encore presentation of a meditation comes from this warrior for the transformative light of truth.  I see you bright thunder!

Listen to the meditation here: http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/post/88260018735/todays-meditation-comes-from-the-great-ida-b 

If you want to get access to all of the meditations streaming find out how here:  http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/about 

Also get your limited edition copy of the collage “Shield” for Ida B. Wells this week in celebration with a donation of $35 or more.  (Only 20 copies exist!)

 

Remember to put “Ida B. Wells Poster” in your donation note!

If you want to be notified about future meditations and are not on the email list yet sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

Support When We Free

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Ida B. Wells funded her revolutionary investigative journalistic publications Southern Horrors and A Red Record about the next steps for freedom after emancipation through the supportive fundraiser of Black Women’s Clubs in the early 1900s. Now, we too are funding When We Free our revolutionary independent film about spiritual freedom after emancipation by reaching out to our most aligned and devoted community!!! YOU! Celebrate Ida B. Wells, independent media and the possibility of our collective freedom by donating and spreading the word!!! http://www.gofundme.com/ba5bqg

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And then tune in to #idaslegacy at 2pm ET on twitter for a conversation convened by Echoing Ida and Ebony Magazine featuring Kimberly DrGoddess Ellis (and moderated by yours truly)!





Wave a Hand and Shake a Fan: Online Revival for When We Free Filming Fund

11 07 2014

 

 

We making a film. (So) We passing the hat! Check out this online revival and get some soul-stirring perks when you donate towards cast, crew, location, costumes and food for When We Free’s upcoming filming weekend!!!! 

 

http://www.gofundme.com/ba5bqg

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When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.

To find out more about the film visit: http://whenwefree.jroxmedia.com/current-projects/when-we-free-the-film/

This film is the Omiero (the holy water infused with herbs in “New World” Ifa/Yoruba/African spiritual practice) preparation internally and externally for Africans in diaspora to consider the Earth based spiritual practices of their ancestors. What do we need to break and to draw; to keep and to relinquish so that the Holy Spirit, the divine, can fully be present? What chains need to be broken and what needs to be awakened so that Africans in diaspora can have access to unbound spirit? How can even the religions of the colonizers and enslavers be reconnected to their own Earth based roots? When We Free is a cleansing and clarifying ritual that questions the source and sustenance of our freedom and spiritual roots.

The filming of When We Free will be a transformative community ritual that uplifts our ancestors and contributes to the conversation about what spiritual practices our freedom requires in the current moment.  We are raising money to house, feed, transport, and offer stipends to cast and crew and for equipment, props, location fees and supplies.

              

   





Happy Birthday June Jordan!!!: Meditation and Collage

9 07 2014

Happy Birthday June Jordan!!!!

In honor of June Jordan’s Birthday (July 9th)  Here is an encore release of our first meditation is based on June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women.” This is available for 24 hours!!! Share with your friends and loved ones!  Remember the multitudes that breathe through you.  (And if you listen to the VERY end you will actually hear June Jordan laugh!)

Listen here: http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/post/86567549445/our-first-meditation-is-based-on-june-jordans

If you want to get access to all of the meditations streaming find out how here:  http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/about 

Also get your limited edition copy of the collage “Wholehearted” for June Jordan today in celebration with a donation of $35 or more.  (Only 20 copies exist!)

Remember to put “June Jordan Poster” in your donation note!

If you want to be notified about future meditations and are not on the email list yet sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

 





Ida, Sojo, Harriet and the Crew…: Casting Call for When We Free

7 07 2014

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When We Free – Casting Call

http://whenwefree.jroxmedia.com/current-projects/when-we-free-the-film/when-we-free-casting-call/

30 minute Narrative (Short) Independent film, Non-Union

Production Location: Durham, NC
Director: Julia Roxanne Wallace / Sangodare Akinwale
Producer: Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Format: 16:9 HD
Compensation: Meals, Copy and Credit

***NOTE: For non-actors some of the information and the process in general may be unfamiliar. Please scroll down to the bottom where we have more information about what to expect.
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Synopsis

When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.

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Dates:

Auditions
10am Saturday – July 12, 2014
5pm Tuesday – July 15, 2014

Rehearsals
Friday – July 18 and 25, 2014 at 6pm
Sunday – July 20 and 27, 2014 at 1:30pm

Filmming Dates
August 1-3, 2014 (Friday – Sunday)
September 5-7, 2014 (Friday – Sunday)

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Contact:

Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour.

info@whenwefree.com
(919) 666-7274

 

Roles:

IDA
[ Lead - African/African American Female age 13 - 15 ]

Ida is a curious teenager coming of age just after emancipation. She is searching for a connection to her African roots and pride in a community where some are only seeking survival and validation from whites. She is fully self-expressed. She sings, dances and pays attention to everything.
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DEACON
[ Lead - African/African American Male age 40 - 60 ]

Deacon is magically middle-aged, tall and slender in his collage-looking suits. As a skilled farmer and medicine man, he is a leader in his community. His favorite place to be is the forest and his favorite thing to do is make music. He is working to heal himself and his community from the traumas of slavery and ongoing oppression.

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PASTOR
[ Lead - African/African American Male 40 - 50 ]

Pastor is a quiet and playful carpenter and welder who avoids conflict and the expectations placed on him by others because of his size and skill.

 

HARRIET
[ Lead - African/African American Female 40 - 60 ]

Harriet is a strong-willed and sweet matriarch in her community. She holds and shares the stories and ritual memory. Not everyone agrees with her practices but everyone respects her.

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SOJO
[ Lead - African/African American Female 35 - 45 ]

Sojo is a humble and skilled laborer and well educated relative to those in her community. She revels in her ability to where pants whenever she chooses, not just while working, now that she has her freedom.

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NAT
[ African/African American Male 13 - 17 ]

Nat is a passionate teenager who works hard and looks for work everywhere he can as a means to achieve independence and gain respect.

 

CONGREGATION MEMBERS
[ African/African American  ages 10+, all sizes and all sexes/genders, ]

Congregation members are recently freed folks from all walks of life – laborers, educators, domestic workers, etc. They have journeyed from far and wide seeking healing, home, family & friends, work and salvation. The local congregants already have their own preferences about belief and service style; while the new comers eagerly explore the services. Many of them are powerful singers and spiritually attuned in their own right.

NOTE: The Congregation actively participates in various church services on the camp site. Some of the services are conservative with little emotion, others are very emotional and ecstatic. Congregants will be expected to play multiple roles and participate fully in multiple services and rituals.

 

Contact:

Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour.

info@whenwefree.com
(919) 666-7274

 

 

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NOTES on the Process:

1. The first step is to schedule your audition as described above AND tentatively set aside any dates listed for rehearsal and filming.

2. Prepare for your audition based on the description of the role and any other information and directions given by the casting coordinators.

3. Arrive a little early/on time to have as much time as possible to prepare using any material provided.

4. You will likely find out if you have been cast within a week.





Join us for the Black Feminist Film School Summer Session Opening Weekend Community Screening (Friday June 6th at 6:15pm)

29 05 2014

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Join Black Feminist Film School Summer Session for our opening screening at Center for Documentary Studies!  This screening is open to our entire community and will give you an opportunity to to meet the Black Feminist Film School 2014 Summer Fellows, see some of Black Feminist Film School’s films in process and celebrate the legacy and livelihood of Black Feminist Film practices.  We look forward to your feedback on our films in process and your warm welcome of our Summer Fellows.

We will be screening:

No Legacy Let Go

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No Legacy Let Go is an experimental short film that is part of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive.  Based on our interview with Black lesbian elder Imani Rashid and our imaginings of a blues counterstory of queer Harlem, this film features original music and a reimagined and reclaimed history.  Versions of this film have been shown at the National Queer Arts Festival,  MIXMIX LGBTQ Film Festival in NYC and on multiple stops on the Mobile Homecoming national tour.     Our Durham community will get the chance to see the newest cut of the film and to offer feedback.

Combahee Pilgrimage

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Combahee Pilgrimage is a documentary in process about the life-changing journey of 21 Black feminists to the Combahee River to commemorate both the 150th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s 1863 uprising during which at least 750 enslaved people in South Carolina burned down 35 plantation buildings, flooded the rice fields and stole themselves to freedom and the origin story of the 1974 founding of the Black lesbian socialist feminist Combahee River Collective.

 

Tradition Returned

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Ile Ori: Tradition Returned (working title) is a film about a unique Ifa community in the United States. Building on African traditions in the new world diaspora and a sankofa (go back and fetch it; looking back to move forward) approach to Yoruba culture and spirituality, this inclusive community travels the ecstatic and challenging terrain of initiating new Priests into the mysteries, medicine and power of Orisha.

This film introduces some of the concepts of Ifa, tells the story of this Ile’s first 10 years and tells the story of some of the challenges and stigmas that a same gender loving, transgender and racially inclusive Ifa community faces. Through it all, the power of this community to support one another through transformation is mesmerizing.

My People

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My People is an audio performance piece based on a poetic protest narrative by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and a soundscape created by Julia Roxanne Wallace aka Sangodare.   The piece was created in response to the unjust arrest of two queer and trans activists of color by the NYPD and successfully helped to mobilize global support for their release.

See you there!





My People Are Free: Black Feminist Breathing Meditation #5 (Harriet Tubman)

27 05 2014

My People Are Free

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Today Harriet Tubman teaches us how to speak our dreams in the present tense.   May we continue to breathe in the presence of our freedom.  Special thanks to the 21 Black feminists who came to last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage who join the chorus of our love on this track!

Click below or here to listen.

 

Shapeshift.  For Harriet Tubman.  By Alexis Pauline Gumbs. 

 

If you are not already on the email list to receive the emails daily in your inbox during our 3 week experience join on in here. 

In order to keep the air moving and the energy gathering each meditation is available for three days after it is posted.  If you would like to get eternal access to the meditations streaming and downloaded to use for your personal upliftment or to share with your organization or students you can become a monthly sustainer of the Eternal Summer of Black Feminist Mind at a level that feels generously sustainable to you.

Or if you want to move the meditation magic forward you can make a donation towards the scholarship fund for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat (see more below).  Donations of $25-100 give you eternal access to the streaming meditations on the site and donations of 101 or more give you access to streaming AND downloads of the meditations as audio files.

If breathing in chorus through this virtual experience feels great, imagine what it would feel like to breathe together in person!!!  On July 4th weekend 2014 we will be gathering for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia, Mississippi at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Center.

Here is a video that includes some of the power of our breathing together at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage Retreat:

 

 

We hope to see you this Summer!!!!

Love,

 

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind





Audit Black Feminist Film School Summer Session: Registration Now Open!

27 05 2014

“She told them that the only grace they could have was the grace they could imagine. That if they could not see it, they would not have it.” -Baby Suggs Holy in Beloved by Toni Morrison

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Black Feminist Film School is a clearing space where we remember how to make the world we deserve visible, tangible and compelling.   Clear space in your summer for y/our vision!

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session 2014 (bffs-SS’14) is now open for up to 18 auditors. This will include access to course materials, described below, and will consist of what we call a virtual audit. This is an ideal option for people interested in building their skills, community and context for a Black Feminist Film approach but who are not able to attend our rigorous combination of in-person intensives and online classes this summer and would benefit from a flexible curriculum.  A vast amount of information, conversations and other resources will be made available to all auditors as the course progresses.

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Auditors will have access to:

  • Living bibliography

  • Syllabus for bffs – Summer Session ‘14

  • Course Packet

  • Audio and/or Video of course lectures and presentations

  • Outlines for lectures and presentations

  • Handouts

  • Production Notebook blank documents/forms and example documents/forms

  • Tutorials and learning modules including program files when relevant

  • Access to SS ‘14 restricted area of the bffs website

  • Audio and/or Video interviews and conversations with bffs advisors and elders

  • Audio, Effects, Graphic and other media files

 

Registration is now OPEN!

Register to audit for Summer Session 2014 here.  Auditing is open to everyone who is interested in and inspired by the legacy and possibility of Black Feminist Filmmaking regardless of background, training or identity.

You are fully registered after you pay your sliding scale registration fee of $50-75 below:

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We look forward to supporting you to create the world we can imagine.








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