[Blackstudies-l] Mother's Day + "Daughters of the Dust"

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Wed May 4 08:25:47 EDT 2016


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Hi NBPC Family,

For many of us, this coming Sunday will be a time to celebrate motherhood
in all its forms. If you've ever searched for that perfect Mother's Day
card, however, you know the struggle: too often "Mom" is presented as a
romanticized cliche. A mother is loving, a mother is kind. A mother is
strong. A mother makes the rules. A mother is a teacher, a role model. But
in fact, mothers are far more than that. How can we understand "Mama" as a
multi-faceted person?

Film, television and digital media are good places to start -- which is why
we would like to share with you a few great mother-related stories NBPC has
helped fund that cross borders and push boundaries:

*American Promise
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/24eafa478a>*, dir.
Michele Stephenson & Joe Brewster: Michele Stephenson -- mother of one of
the film's subjects -- co-directed this doc about the experiences of two
young Black students at an elite, mostly white, private school.

*Black Folk Don't: Adopt
dir. Angela Tucker: In this episode of the web series *Black Folk Don't*
interviewees discuss the stereotype that Black people don't adopt children.

dir. Lisa Harewood: Set in Barbados, this short film explores the
relationship between 12-year-old Kera; her caregiver, "Auntie"; and Kera's
mother who, after seven years, has sent for Kera to come live with her in
England (much to Auntie's distress).

*The Murder of Emmett Till
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/d5ae23519d>*, dir.
Stanley Nelson: This Emmy-winning documentary tells the story of
14-year-old Emmett Till, tortured and killed in Mississippi in 1955. Emmett
Till's mother, Mamie Till, became the spokesperson for the case, which
helped galvanize a generation of civil rights activists.

Speaking of matriarchs, we have exciting news about a classic story of
Black women and family ties: *Daughters of the Dust
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/15be0f713b>*. Read on
for more about this film's upcoming re-release!

Many thanks, and please continue to spread the word.


Leslie Fields-Cruz

Executive Director, NBPC

"Daughters of the Dust" Set for Fall Re-Release!
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Cohen Media Group
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/317dcb4b8c> has
restored Julie Dash's *Daughters of the Dust*, co-funded by NBPC in 1991.
The new print is scheduled for a screening at Cannes and then a tour of
United States film festivals beginning fall 2016. *Daughters *-- which The
New York Times, Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets have praised
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/3005b0af64/_r=0> as an
inspiration for Beyonce's *Lemonade* -- will then be re-released on Blu-Ray
and DVD. With an all-Black cast, feminist themes and unforgettable
cinematography, this film has become an indie cinema classic.

*Click here to watch a trailer for "Daughters of the Dust."

Enter NALIP's Create With Us Video Contest
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Submit your short video for a chance to attend the 2016 NALIP Media Summit
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/c52808b004> for free! A
pass grants you access to the largest annual gathering of Latinos in media
nationwide on the fifth floor of the Dolby in Hollywood and Highland, June
23-26. This year's event will feature upcoming film screenings, panel
sessions, workshops, showcases, networking opportunities and the Latino
Media Awards Gala
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/eeab5fdcbb>, an
extravagant event where NALIP highlights Latino content creators deserving
of Hollywood's spotlight. *Deadline is May 20!*

*Click here to enter the contest.

Apply for the ABFF Unscripted Storytelling Workshop
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The American Black Film Festival
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/28453a466f> has
partnered with VH1
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/bc2b9f19c3> to host a
special storytelling workshop for nonfiction content creators! Do you have
a great show concept in mind? Enter the VH1/ABFF Unscripted Storytelling
Contest <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/2c8e0d073d> for
a chance to learn how to develop that idea from concept to the screen.
Deadline for submission is *Friday, May 20, 2016.*

*Click here to fill out a submission form.

Apply for the LPB Public Media Content Fund!
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Latino Public Broadcasting
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/92826ff0c4>'s Public
Media Content Fund is seeking proposals for public media programs, limited
series or short web-based digital video related to, or representative of,
Latino Americans. *Between $5,000 and $100,000 in funding* is available for
selected programs. The deadline for submissions is *Monday, June 6, 2016*.

*Click here to apply for the fund.

RSVP for Women Make Movies' Workshops + Webinars
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Women Make Movies
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/621ed85344> is offering
a series of spring webinars and workshops for filmmakers. *Friends of NBPC
can register for a discounted rate!* Members and non-members welcome. The
sessions include:

*May 12: *The Right Steps for a Successful Producer/Director Partnership

*June 1: *Meet the Funder (Catapult Film Fund)

*June 8: *Meet the Funder (Fork Films)

Attend a Live Taping of WNYC's "The Pub"!
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Public media fans, don't miss the latest in WNYC Studios
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/eff6d085b9>' live
podcast taping series! Current.org's *The Pub
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/36f2994786> *gives
listeners a taste, through interviews and commentary, of what public media
folks sound like off-the-record, once they've gathered at the bar after
work. Join public radio veteran and journalism professor *Adam Ragusea* as
he hosts an in-person episode with special guests *Alex Overington* (sound
designer of *Meet the Composer*) and *Jonathan Mitchell* of Radiotopia's *The

This FREE taping session -- *May 18, 5:30 PM *at NYC's Greene Space
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/4b3f3d2b74> -- includes
a chance to network with New York's public media community. Free beer and
wine will also be provided!

*Click here to find out more about the event.
The National Black Programming Consortium
(NBPC) is supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/42bdf8cf04>, with
further funding from the New York State Council on the Arts
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/8d8d152f50>. Support
for AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/9de606432b> comes from
the National Endowment for the Arts

NBPC is the only non-profit that offers training, funding and distribution
for projects solely about the black experience. We are seeking foundations,
corporations and individuals to help our work. For more information about
underwriting and contributions, please contact Leslie Fields-Cruz (
leslie at nbpc.tv
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NBPC/5dd2d77c32/04399e82c1/0412e82825>). *To
donate, click here
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