Fall Preview: BFC/A and IU Cinema Showcase Ava DuVernay + AFFRM

This September, the BFC/A will kick off our fall 2013 program with a seven-film series at the IU Cinema and other venues, featuring the work of Ava DuVernay and her pioneering theatrical distribution partnership AFFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement).  Named as one of Indiewire’s inaugural group of 40 Influencers, DuVernay is scheduled to attend the series and to give a lecture and masterclass.  BFC/A director Michael Martin will also conduct an extensive interview with DuVernay for later publication in the journal, Black Camera.

BFC/A extends special thanks to the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council, which selected this program for funding through their WPC Fund grant program.  (Find the WPC press release here.)  Other series sponsors include: IU Cinema, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Communication and Culture, and the Film and Media Studies program at Indiana University.

The series is planned to include five of DuVernay’s productions, which illustrate her dedication to telling compelling stories about black women:

Venus VS (2013)

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(courtesy ESPN Films)

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

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I Will Follow (2011)

(courtesy AFFRM)

(courtesy AFFRM)

My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-hop (2010) — Available in full from BET here

My Mic Sounds Nice

(BET Networks)

This Is the Life (2008)

this is the life still

DuVernay’s short film, The Door, exemplifies this devotion to the diversity of black women and their stories.  You can watch it here in its entirety:

Two recent AFFRM releases will round out the program:  Storm Saulter’s Caribbean thriller/romance Better Mus’ Comeand Neil Drumming’s Big Words.  The final schedule will be released later this summer.

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more on the BFC/A’s other exciting fall events.

~Nzingha Kendall

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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