This week, the artist collective Chromatic Black is sponsoring a stage during the 4th Annual Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival. It’ll feature films and expert panels by Black filmmakers. Plus, the collective will be presenting the “chromatic black™️ Distruptor Award” to a “film that challenges the status quo by exposing what has been hidden, posing new ways of being, and modeling new forms of action.”
“We are thrilled to be working with the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and legendary director Spike Lee’s alma mater, to celebrate independent films, filmmakers and industry professionals who tell coherent, sticky, nuanced stories to help us make meaning of our world,” Chromatic Black CEO Abeni Bloodworth and President Angela Harmon said in a joint statement.
All Chromatic Black-sponsored activities will be held at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on 900 West End Avenue, Atlanta. Catch the screening of the short film “Fannie” at the center on Saturday, Sept 24 at 4:30 p.m. The short features Oscar-nominated actress Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) playing the civil rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer. The film, directed by award-winning filmmaker Christine Swanson, explores the renowned freedom fighter’s tale of the cruelty Black Americans encountered on their path to equality and voting rights. The short film has received funding from the Ida B. Wells Fund competition which offers grants for the production of original works with “fresh perspectives, multifaceted characters, and unpredictable arcs.”
The Black artists collective is also hosting two expert panels.
- “Black Filmmaking in Hollywood” will be held today, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and will feature these speakers:
- filmmaker Kors Vandiver and Ray Cornelius, one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment journalists and media personalities, who will host the panel;
- Deniese Davis, actor (“Insecure”) and producer;
- Cory Hardrict, a veteran actor and producer;
- Two Lewis, an acclaimed talent manager; and
- Kellon Akeem, director-producer.
- “Making of the Maverick” will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and will feature these speakers:
- David Wall Rice, a professor of psychology at Morehouse College and principal investigator of the Identity, Art, and Democracy Lab who will discuss charting one’s own course in the entertainment industry and in life;
- Akeem Browder, activist and CEO of the Kalief Browder Foundation;
- J. Alexander Martin, TV host, author and public speaker; and
- Keith David, a three-time Emmy Award-winning voice-over actor also known for his on-screen roles (“ATL,” Disney’s “The Princess and The Frog,” DC’s “League of Super Pets,” HBO’s “Love Life”).
Chromatic Black will also be hosting a networking event named “Cultural Marketplace” where attendees can “celebrate and build connections with Atlanta’s Black artisan and tastemaker community.” The marketplace will also have “a variety of holistic and aesthetic products reflective of our ethnic and cultural heritage.”
The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival promises to be a thrilling chance for filmmakers to engage the College and our community by fostering knowledge of and admiration for many cultures, artistic and creative expression, and a dedication to social justice and global challenges. The festival aims to educate and raise awareness of social justice issues on a national and international level, foster discussion and debate about justice and injustice, and inspire new, original, and creative methods for social change.
You can check out the full schedule of events and film lineup for the 4th Annual Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival on their website. You can also stream all the festival’s films online, and on-demand at https://watch.eventive.org/morehousefilmfestival.