Aug. 4



Directing Workshop with Blitz Bazawule

Filmmaking is a practice of collapsing thousands upon thousands of hours of labor and decisions into 90 minutes. This workshop style presentation will give us a behind-the-scenes take on Blitz Bazawule’s first feature narrative, The Burial of Kojo. Being embedded in Ghanian oral tradition and having a long spanning career as a musician (he is professionally known as Blitz the Ambassador) and visual artist, Blitz will share his process of visioning and crafting this magical realist film, including illustrating 600 storyboards and how they were transferred from the script to the screen.


Blitz Bazawule

Interdisciplinary Artist and Director, The Burial of Kojo

Blitz Bazawule is a filmmaker and musician born in Ghana and based in New York. His short films Native Sun (2012) and Diasporadical Trilogìa (2016) premiered at New Voices in Black Cinema and Blackstar Film Festival respectively. Blitz is the founder of Africa Film Society, an organization focused on the preservation of classic African cinema. As a composer and musician, Blitz has released 4 studio albums: Stereotype (2009), Native Sun (2011), Afropolitan Dreams (2014) and Diasporadical (2016). Blitz’s feature directorial debut ‘The Burial Of Kojo’ premiered at Urbanworld Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema). The film was hailed as “a striking feature filmmaking debut” by The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times described it as “a spellbinding experience.” Blitz is a Senior TED Fellow and recipient of the Vilcek Prize.


Rashid Zakat

Interdisciplinary Artist and Filmmaker

Rashid Zakat is a filmmaker and artist born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He’s spent the better part of his life documenting things people make through photos, short films, websites and events. He usually lives in Philadelphia.