Aug 4

12:00 PM

Using Film For Cultural Organizing

The moving image is a powerful medium, and as such its historically been deployed in the service of many things, including war propaganda, reinforcing racialized fictions, and more. Yet collectives of makers have also used film in the service of revolutionary and post-colonial struggles–to document, to mobilize, to build discourse. In this panel, we discuss the possibilities of social and transformative justice-charged art making.


Bryan Green

Bryan Oliver Green is a Washington, DC native independent filmmaker, writer, musician, visual artist and teaching artist. He is the writer/director of about 20 short films, narratives, documentaries, music videos and promos including the critically acclaimed experimental short Something In The Way Of Things (In Town), an adaptation of Amiri Baraka’s poetic work, which garnered praise and awards in Philadelphia and Newark festival circles. As a musician, he incorporates his own music into his film work on occasion and has toured Europe as a member of Poet AF Black’s soul-infused Ankh Orchestra.

Bryan Mercer

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Sara Zia Ebrahimi


Sara Zia Ebrahimi is a curator of film, visual art and new media and for over a decade has produced film screenings and exhibits in the Philadelphia area. An MFA graduate of Temple University, her own short films have screened internationally and been awarded grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Rooftop Films and the Leeway Foundation. Her recent work includes Bailout, a web series which she wrote and directed, The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates, an animated short film co-directed with Lindsey Martin (currently on exhibit at the ICA Philadelphia), and she is currently working as a producer on M. Asli Dukan’s dystopian near-future web series, Resistance: the battle of philadelphia. By day she is the Program Director at the Leeway Foundation which supports women, trans and gender non-conforming artists who are using their art as a tool for social change. Her life’s mission is to both create and uplift compelling storytelling that affirms and celebrates those on the margins while challenging racism and xenophobia. Her other mission is to watch every single episode of Star Trek in sequential order; she is currently watching The Next Generation nightly.

Tina Morton

Tina is a media activist deeply committed to facilitating members of community groups in telling their own stories. Her work is that of a video oral historian, documenting community struggles aurally and visually, who shares the perspectives of marginalized people, enabling them to be seen and heard in their own image and voice. Her own work started when she took classes at Scribe Video Center over a decade ago. Since then, she has completed a community history documentary entitled Severed Souls (2001), a 13-year personal journey to chronicle community memory of the execution of Corrine Sykes, a 20-year-old North Philadelphia resident wrongly executed for murder and the first African American woman to be legally executed in Pennsylvania and The Taking of South Central… Philadelphia (2005), a documentary focusing on problems of gentrification affecting many communities.