The work of Bill Greaves has an undeniable out-flowering of the human spirit and an attempt to reflect the truth of a people.
– Jon-Sesrie Goff, “Speaking of Rivers,” Seen
Based on the success of the day-long filmmakers’ symposium at the annual BlackStar Film Festival (that has included 100 filmmakers of color annually), BlackStar is proud to present the William and Louise Greaves Filmmaker Seminar, a three-day gathering for Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists working in cinematic realms. Participants will explore the technical and creative aspects of media-making, while having honest conversations about the successes and pitfalls of their work. There will also be opportunities for filmmakers to share and receive feedback on works-in-progress, meet media funders and other gatekeepers, and explore new storytelling models emerging through the use of virtual reality, augmented reality, and transmedia projects. Our environment considers the intersection of cinema and visual arts, and is exclusively designed for people of color to focus and not manage the added burden of representation.
The Seminar is named after visionary filmmakers William and Louise Greaves, who together co-produced landmark documentaries such as Symbiopsychotaxiplasm and Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey. Read more about the importance of William’s decades-long career, which included over 200 documentary films, here.
The Seminar is free to attend, thanks to support from Cinereach, but interested attendees must fill out an application.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021 seminar will take place virtually over three days from March 19-21. It will feature film screenings and discussions, a keynote, a director’s commentary, and some works-in-progress screenings.