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Transformative Inspirations

When: April 07, 7:15 PM - June 02, 8:30 PM
Ages allowed: All Ages
Cost: Free
Transformative Inspirations
Through studying the works of 3 filmmakers, we will learn the role of community and storytelling for Black Queer and Trans people. With a close look at themes, techniques and traditions utilized by directors Anne Lescot, Laurence Magloire, Marlon Riggs and Baillie Walsh, we will be able to explore the power of community globally and nationally.
April 7 | Transformative Inspirations
We will examine the intersectionality of Blackness and Queerness and Transness in storytelling, focusing on themes of femininity, siblinghood, spirituality, and dialect. These themes will be explored as they are depicted in Of Men and Gods, Mirror, Mirror and Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied. We will study some of the techniques and tradition each director utilizes in order to convey these themes, including: Theater, Slow motion, handheld cam operation, close-up, and intimate interview.
May 5 | Inspirations Applied
We will examine some of Mercedes’ work, including some scriptwriting, poetry and two videos: #PRIDEEXTENDED and the latest draft of her forthcoming documentary The World and Then Some. Much like the first week, we will get a chance to explore different themes and techniques she utilizes, some of which she’s adopted from Marlon Riggs, Bailie Walsh, Laurence Magloire and Anne Lescot.
June 2 | Experimentation
Folks will share their original creations along with the artist(s) who served as inspirations for said work. This will give us all a chance to not only share techniques and themes, but also learn the works of folks we may not be familiar with.
The Arts and Cultural Organizing Micro Learning Pod leads us through a quarterly learning rotation and self-determined syllabus that will invite creative community members, artists and scholars to present their work, inspirations and technical skills to inspire creative community experimentation and artistic development within the Ujima ecosystem and beyond.
This quarter, the Arts and Cultural Organizing Micro-learning Pod is led by Mercedes Loving-Manley.
The Boston Ujima Project is a democratic, member-run organization building cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem in Boston, with a mission to return wealth to working class communities of color. Ujima is bringing together neighbors, workers, business owners, investors, grassroots organizers, and culture-makers, to create a community-controlled economy in our city.