Chromatic Black makes historic $ 100,000 investment in the future of black filmmakers who embody the spirit of investigative journalist Ida B. Wells
ATLANTA, October 05, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Chromatic Black announces ten emerging black artists as finalists in the inaugural Ida B. Wells: Disrupting the Master Narrative Fund. The fund is a mechanism for investing and partnering with storytellers who are documentary filmmakers and / or filmmakers whose work reflects a spirit of exploration and in-depth research.
“We are pleased to announce ten Chromatic Black filmmakers selected for partnership and investment through this catalytic mechanism to support authentic and prolific voices reflecting the nuance, depth and complexity of our humanity.” – Abeni Bloodworth, CEO and Angela Harmon, President.
“This fund is an evolution of our growth and our power as creators to invest in stories that subvert the main narrative.” – Malcolm Spellman writer and producer of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”.
A distinguished panel of film industry veterans and social justice activists, including Honorary President Paula J. Giddings, whose book “Ida: A Sword Among Lions” won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Biography 2008 announces the following 10 finalists:
The finalists are: Lamard W Cher-Aimé, “Captain Zero: The Animated Series”, talks about the importance of mental health awareness in black communities; Elishia Constantine and Kristina Pupo, “Black sage, “is the story of a superhero who saves the world only to come home to save his marriage; Chuck gomez, ” Opus Pointis # 1: A symphony for social justice “, details the struggles of eight African-American classical musicians; Miner Mylrell, “Hang,” invites the public to engage critically in the dynamics of gentrified communities; Javier Molina and Gabriel Furman, untitled project; Jana Smith, “Baptism”, is a satirical “mock documentary” inspired by the reality show Real Housewives that explores what it means to survive sexual abuse; Christine swanson, “Sunflower: The Story of Fannie Lou Hamer,“examines the suppression of today’s voters through the powerful words of the civil rights heroine of the 1960s; Lynelle Blanche, “Tailgate,“watch an African-American blue-collar family struggling to get by; Renee wilson, “Honey pot,” talks about Ella and her confidante, V., about her chatty vagina; Riley S. Wilson, “The Cookie Crunch Club,“follows a trio of black kids who, in light of a former police department, create their own secret detective agency.”
Each finalist will receive an investment of $ 10,000 for the creation of a short film by December 2021.
The jurists, who selected the finalists from more than 400 nominations, include: critically acclaimed filmmaker Julie Dash, director of the groundbreaking film “Daughters of the Dust”; Gloria Steinem, renowned political activist; and Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Oscar and Emmy nominated producer and Golden Globe winner – The full 2021 juror list can be found here.
Named after investigative journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, the fund is based on the understanding that building a just society is a creative act. Giddings notes that “justice begins with the imaginary power of black creators to deconstruct stereotypes, strengthen cultural power and envision a future through powerful storytelling.”
“The slate was everything we hoped for – great stories that need to be told: provocative, risky, culturally resonant that help make sense of our past, present and future.” – Co-founders, Emil Pinnock and Ian Robertson.
For more information on Chromatic Black and Ida B. Wells: Disrupting the Master Narrative Fund, visit: idabwellsfund.com.
ABOUT CHROMATIC BLACK Chromatic Black is a community of artist-activists, technologists, community organizers and journalists who strive to strengthen cultural power through reclaiming history as a public good.
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