Fresh from a packed screening at Dance on Camera, Film at Lincoln Center, we are pleased to present a 20 minute excerpt from the documentary-in-progress Black Ballerina. The screening will be at Impact Hub Philly, 1227 N. 4th Street, between Girard Avenue & Thompson Street in Northern Liberties. The event starts a 6pm and is FREE. We will also include new work from Carmella Vassor-Johnson, former chief videographer at Jacob’s Pillow.
The documentary Black Ballerina uses the overwhelmingly white world of ballet to stimulate a fresh dialogue about race, diversity and inclusion. It’s told by six black women of different generations, united in their passion for ballet. Six decades ago, three women confronted racial barriers in pursuit of ballet careers. Today, three young black women also pursue ballet careers. Has anything changed?
FRANCES McELROY, producer/director, is a 2009 Pew Fellow in the Arts. She is founder of Shirley Road Productions, a 501(c)(3) organization. For 25 years, she has produced documentaries for PBS and videos for non-profit cultural, educational, community and advocacy organizations. Her focus is to give voice to the overlooked, raise questions about injustice and demonstrate the transformative power of art and place. Her awards include the Emmy, Gabriel, CINE Golden Eagle, Latin American Studies Association Award of Merit in Film, IMAGEN, Society of Professional Journalists and the New York Festivals.
WAVE is a program of HipCinema & Impact Hub Philly. It is co-sponsored by: Philadelphia Women in Film & Television and Griot Works.
WAVE CINEMA is a meeting place for film and media enthusiasts to experience work rarely seen in local venues by filmmakers and media artists from the PA-DE-NJ region and beyond. Each screening will feature audience Q&A with the makers. Works selected will have major creative input by women. We will meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Mark your calendar 6pm to 8:00pm every third Wedneday until April 2015. Events are FREE and open to the public. Impact Hub Philadelphia is at 1227 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
Directions to Impact Hub Philadelphia are here. It is north on 1227 4th Street between Girard Avenue and Thompson Street. The 57 Bus, 15 Trolley and Market Frankfurt El Line are within walking distance.