Aug. 20

12:00 PM
Live on Facebook


Nonfiction Vernacular and Collaboration

Panelists: Amir George, Lyric R Cabral, Jazmin Jones, Kevin B Lee
Moderator: jeanelle augustin

As adrienne maree brown states in Pleasure Activism, “Our radical imagination is a tool for decolonization, for reclaiming our right to shape our lived reality.” Nonfiction filmmakers and artists of color are articulating new terms of engagement towards more equitable creative collaboration and experimentation as they work, dutifully and artfully, to present their own visions of our shared reality, rooted in a deep interrogation of self, community, values, and motives. In order to revolutionize a body of knowledge designed for division into a creative strategy of liberation, today’s most exciting documentary filmmakers are troubling the frame and breaking with tradition. They are questioning the notion of single authorship and forgoing the three-act story structure for collaborative storytelling and framing techniques that reposition the subjects’ presence and allow alternative readings of the film to emerge. Bringing new urgency to the concept of the “unreliable narrator,” we will discuss restorative interactions through art making, aesthetic idioms, and how filmmakers and audiences can begin to “live new stories” together.

This panel is free and open to the public. It will stream live with closed captioning on August 20th from this web page as well as BlackStar’s Facebook page.

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jeanelle augustin

Film Officer + Programmer

jeanelle (elle) augustin is a Haitian-American film programmer and curator. Born in New York City, she is interested in the visual and sonic culture of the future – what does creative freedom for artists of color look and sound like? She is excited about the emergent strategies and creative solutions that artists offer to reimagine reality and build a more equitable future. Her work is particularly focused on artists of color who are evolving the cinematic language of nonfiction with practices that move fluidly between installation, performance, and direct action. She is deeply committed to disrupting traditional hierarchies of knowledge and power. jeanelle is a member of BGDM, lives in Los Angeles, and is also a yoga teacher.


Amir George


Amir George is a filmmaker and curator, based in Chicago. George is a programmer at True/False Film Fest and cofounder of Black Radical Imagination with curator Erin Christovale. As an artist, George creates spiritual stories, juxtaposing sound and image into an experience of non-linear perception. George’s films have screened at institutions and film festivals including Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Anthology Film Archives, Glasgow School of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Afrikana Film Festival, and Chicago Underground Film Festival, among others.


Lyric R Cabral


Lyric R Cabral is an artist and nonfiction filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Their directorial debut (T)ERROR received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Documentary and is now streaming on Netflix. Lyric’s films have appeared on PBS, BBC, and VICELAND, among others. Lyric is also a photographer whose images reside in select collections like New Orleans Museum of Art, Studio Museum of Harlem, and the Gordon Parks Foundation.


Jazmin Jones

Visual Storyteller & Organizer with BUFU

Jazmin Jones is a Brooklyn Based, Bay Area raised Visual Storyteller and Thot Leader with BUFU: By Us For Us. Her aim is to build platforms for more vibrant and nuanced representation of the marginalized communities she’s a part of. Working across visual mediums, her projects often echo personal experiences as a Queer, Black femme attempting to wage intimacy in the Post-Internet era.


Kevin B Lee

Video Essayist

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, media artist, and critic. He has produced over 360 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning Transformers: The Premake introduced the “desktop documentary” format, was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound and screened in many festivals including Berlin Critics Week, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Viennale International Film Festival. He was 2017 Artist in Residence of the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. Through Bottled Songs, his collaborative project with Chloé Galibert-Laîné, he was awarded the 2018 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Grant, the 2018 European Media Artist Platform Residency, and the 2019 Eurimages Lab Project Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2019 he produced “Learning Farocki”, a series of video essays on Harun Farocki, commissioned by the Goethe Institut. In 2020 he is co-curating the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist with Will DiGravio and Cydnii Wilde Harris. He was FoundingEditor and Chief Video Essayist at Fandor from 2011-2016, supervising producer at
Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, and has written for The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Slate and Indiewire. He is Professor of Crossmedia Publishing at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart.