Aug. 5


Free Form: Using Nontraditional Cinema to Liberate Story

Filmmakers flirt with boundless shapes. This panel will tease out examples of alternative forms of cinema (including essay, experimental films and music videos) to reveal the powerful threads between our Anansi stories, the black cinematic vanguard and their dialectical implications for the future of storytelling.


Frances Bodomo

Frances Bodomo is a Ghanaian filmmaker based in New York City. Her award-winning short films Boneshaker (2013) and Afronauts (2014) and Everybody Dies! (2016) have played at festivals including Sundance, the Berlinale, Telluride, Rotterdam, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films. Afronauts was exhibited at the Whitney Museum as part of the group show Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016. Frances most recently served as staff writer & director on Random Acts of Flyness (HBO). She is currently developing the feature version of Afronauts.

Jheanelle Brown

Jheanelle Brown is a film curator, producer, and arts educator based in Los Angeles. Her curatorial practice is committed to honoring, expanding, and empowering Blackness in visual and filmic media. Her specific interests are oriented around experimental and non-fiction film and video, the relationship between musicality and cinema, and political film and media. Jheanelle is current co-curator of Black Radical Imagination with Darol Olu Kae and is an an associate film programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum.

Kevin Jerome Everson

Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965) was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson was awarded the 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video; his films has been the subject of mid-career retrospectives at the Viennale (2014); Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland (2012), The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2011) and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009. His work has been featured at the 2008, 2012 and 2017 Whitney Biennials and the 2013 Sharjah Biennial. Upcoming museum retrospectives include Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea (Feb. 2017) and Tate Modern, London, UK (Fall 2017). Recent solo museum exhibitions include SECCA (Southeastern Center for the Arts) Winston-Salem, NC and the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA and inclusion in the “How to Be Human” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Everson’s paintings, sculptures, and photographs–and films, including nine features (Spicebush, 2005; Cinnamon, 2006; The Golden Age of Fish, 2008; Erie, 2010; Quality Control 2011; The Island of St. Matthews, 2013; Park Lanes, 2015; 8903 Empire, 2016 and the recently completed Tonsler Park, 2017) and over 130 short form works–have been exhibited internationally at film festivals including Sundance, NYFF, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam, Berlin, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen; cinemas, galleries, museums and public and private art institutions. He recently collaborated with the Scribe Video Center on a commission for the film Eason (2016).

Terence Nance

Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His first feature film, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa and was named to both the New York Times and New Yorkers top 10 lists for best films of 2013. Terence is also a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and his most recent films SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN, and UNIVITILLEN premiered at Sundance 2016 and New York Film Festival 2016 respectively. At Sundance 2017 Terence premiered his performance piece 18 BLACK BOYS AGES 1-18 WHO HAVE ARRIVED AT THE SINGULARITY AND ARE THUS SPIRITUAL MACHINES. Terence is currently working on a pilot for HBO called RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS


Meg Onli