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 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. 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 first and second Seminar were held virtually in 2020 and 2021. BlackStar will be hosting the 2023 Seminar in-person in Philadelphia.
Accepting proposals through October 31, 2022
Curators, film programmers, filmmakers, and film scholars are invited to submit a proposal to present at the third William & Louise Greaves Filmmaker Seminar, an annual program for Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists working in cinematic realms, hosted by BlackStar.
Selected proposals will become seminar sessions presented in Philadelphia at the 2023 Greaves Seminar, scheduled for March 16-18. Travel, accommodations, and a small stipend will be provided in addition to additional program funding as approved for your session.
The Work-in-Progress (WIP) Discussion is an opportunity for a filmmaker to screen a clip from their unfinished work to get feedback from seminar participants. This is an exchange of ideas about a filmmaker’s work rather than a traditional Q&A session. Submissions are open to filmmakers in post-production on feature-length projects. Experimental or hybrid projects are welcome.
Proposals should include an artist statement and film synopsis in addition to a detailed write-up about the timeline and current status of the project. Past WIP presentations at the Seminar include Q (dir. Jude Chehab) and Aanikoobijigan (dirs. Adam Khalil & Zack Khalil).
BlackStar welcomes proposals from filmmakers, theorists, and cultural workers interested in holding a workshop or panel discussion that explores the technical and creative aspects of media-making. Our preference is to spotlight artists working in a variety of disciplines related to filmmaking including but not limited to directing (specifically working with actors), composing, production design, editing, accessibility, and more. We also welcome proposals offering a theoretical analysis of film as it relates to craft. Proposals with interactive and/or multimedia components are encouraged.
The BlackStar Programs team may seek to schedule a meeting with you to better understand the scope of your proposal. You will be notified of the status of your submission by no later than November 9, 2023.
BlackStar Projects is committed to the principles of equal opportunity at every level without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expression, age, disability, or political affiliation.