Aug. 2


Beyond Wakanda: The Resurgence of the Contemporary Black Reality & Future

Blackness has always been light years ahead. Join filmmakers and visual artists who resist and subvert the traditional parameters of science fiction, in a conversation on contemporary black reality, speculative fiction, and Afrofuturism.  


Ashley Clark


Hailing from London and now based in New York, Ashley Clark is senior programmer of cinema at BAM in Brooklyn. He is also a contributor to publications including Film Comment, Sight & Sound, The Guardian, and 4Columns. His first book is Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (2015), and in March 2018 he curated and presented a retrospective of Black Audio Film Collective at True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri.

Bryan Oliver Green

Bryan Oliver Green is an independent filmmaker, writer, musician, dancer, teaching artist & model. Originally from Washington, D.C., he currently lives in Philadelphia where he has written and directed dozens of short films, narratives, documentaries, music videos and promotional videos including the critically acclaimed experimental short Something In The Way Of Things [In Town] (an adaptation of Amiri Baraka’s poetic work) and The Philadelphia Bicycle Vignette Story nominated for Best Narrative in BlackStar 2017.

Christopher Ortega

Christopher Ortega is a Jamaican-American writer-director born in Queens, New York and raised in Ocala, Florida. He attributes his love for the arts to his father who exposed him to music and cinema classics as a child. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College, where he studied business finance and was a member of the first graduating class from the Cinema Television and Emerging Media Studies program funded by Spike Lee. Ortega was the first student from the newly founded program to be accepted to a masters level film school. Graduating Cum Laude in 2013, Ortega began his matriculation at USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he was mentored by the musician turned director, Boots Riley and veteran writer-director John Singleton. In 2014 after losing his father to leukemia, Ortega wrote and directed Rico’s Last Fight, in dedication to him, a film which was chosen as exemplary work to be used in advanced editing courses at USC. Ortega’s passion for science-fiction begins with his childhood love of the Twilight Zone and his long held love for the sciences. Ortega is currently touring his Afrofuturistic science-fiction thesis film Prototype, which premiered in the Emerging Directors category at the 2018 American Black Film Festival. Ortega hopes to bring wonder and inspiration to minority communities through speculative fiction storytelling.

M. Asli Dukan

M. Asli Dukan is a filmmaker and visual artist who has been producing, directing and screening her subversive short speculative fiction films since 2000. In 2017, her mixed-media installation, “Resistance Time Portal”, which centered Black radicalism in a futuristic narrative, made its debut in the Distance≠Time exhibition at the Icebox Project Space, co-presented by Philadelphia’s Black Quantum Futurism collective. She has been the recipient of several grants, awards and fellowships, including a 2016 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation, a 2016 NBPC 360 fellowship from Black Public Media, and in 2018, a Flaherty Seminar fellowship. In 2018, she also completed Resistance: the battle of philadelphia, a 6-part, near future web series about a community’s struggle against state violence. She is in post-production on Invisible Universe, a documentary about Black creators in speculative fiction and in development on the anthology horror film based on the book, Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson.

Rasheedah Phillips

Rasheedah Phillips is a 2008 graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She serves as managing attorney for the housing unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and Creative Director of an arts-based grassroots organization called The Afrofuturist Affair, which she founded in 2011. As part of the Black Quantum Futurism collective, she collaborated with Camae Ayewa (who tours and performs as Moor Mother) to found and direct the Community Futures Lab. That work, originally supported by a Blade of Grass fellowship for a community archives project on “Time & Memory in North Philly”. Phillips and Ayewa describe the lab as a “community gallery, resource and zine library, workshop space, recording booth, and time capsule recording oral histories/futures in North Philly.”