Aug. 5


Back of the Theater Live! A Podcast Taping

Back of the Theater is a serial podcast produced by and featuring filmmakers and best friends Hans Charles and Menelek Lumumba. They met in film school. They have talked to each other about film for ten years. Now they record it. For this special live edition of the show during BlackStar, they will welcome back filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu, director of In the Morning, a feature film noted as a ‘love letter to Black women,’ as a special guest.


Hans Charles

Hans Charles is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer and producer. He has shot for such prolific directors such as Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Nefertite Nguvu, and Salim Akil. Charles’ films have won a BAFTA, a Peabody Award, several Emmy Awards, and have been nominated for an Academy Award. His films have screened at The New York Film Festival, OutFest, Tribeca Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and on HBO and Hulu. Charles was most recently nominated for an Emmy Award for cinematography for the Netflix documentary, 13th. Last summer, Charles produced feature film “1 Angry Black Man,” which will be debuting at festivals this year. He is currently in production on a documentary about a legendary hip-hop group directed by Sacha Jenkins. Charles’ latest documentary he shot called Mr. Soul! premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last month. Charles is the principal partner at Align Pictures.

Menelek Lumumba

Menelek Lumumba was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in English and Film Studies. He studied Cinema at Howard University’s Master of Arts program. His first feature film “1 Angry Black Man” premieres at the Blackstar Film Festival.

Nefertite Nguvu

Nefertite Nguvu is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A in Film. Nefertite has written, produced and directed several narrative shorts: “I Want You,” “The End of Winter,” “Myself When I Am Real,” and most recently “The Last Two Lovers At The End Of The World” available now on Direct TV as part of the AT&T Hello Lab inaugural mentorship program. Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite also directed a ten-part web series featuring Queen Latifah for CoverGirl and Flavor Unit Entertainment entitled “U.N.I.T.Y. Re-ignighted,” “Love Star” a mini music documentary, as well as an eight-part web series entitled “Black America Again” featuring Academy Award winning musician/actor Common for Universal Music and Freedom Road Productions. As writer/director/producer, Nefertite made her feature film debut with “In The Morning,” which debuted at the Urban World Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. After a string of successful film festival screenings across the country and in Paris, Rome and Johannesburg, the film also won the award for Best International Film at the Terra Di Siena Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the BlackStar Film Festival, and Best Feature Film and Best Overall at the Bronzelens Film Festival. In 2017 Nefertite joined the faculty of Howard University as the Time Warner Visiting Professor, teaching Advanced Film Directing in their M.F.A program.