Once Haunted is a pair of programs examining the idea of haunting, both as a multifaceted trope of desire, physical ruins, loss, fear and social change, as well as a citation from specific genres of horror and surrealism. || September 18, 7PM in Wells 048, IULMIA Screening Room || Filmmakers scheduled to be present. Discussion to follow screening. Get Tickets.

About the Makers

Nikyatu Jusu

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia: Sierra Leonean-American Filmmaker Nikyatu’s films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. With a BA from Duke University and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Film school, she’s earned various awards including NYU’s Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions, to name a few.

Three of her short films were acquired by and aired on HBO.

Her latest film Suicide By Sunlight, a project funded by THROUGH HER LENS and sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel, made its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and is currently touring the festival circuit. Nikyatu is in development on the feature film version of Suicide By Sunlight

Most recently, Nikyatu made her TV Directing debut with an episode of the original scripted horror anthology: Two Sentence Horror Stories, which premiered on CW Sept 2019.  

In between Directing gigs, Nikyatu is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Film & Video department at George Mason University where she teaches Screenwriting and Directing. 

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Nuotama Bodomo

Nuotama Bodomo wrote & directed the award-winning short films Boneshaker (2013) and Afronauts (2014) and Everybody Dies! (2016). She served as staff writer & director on the Peabody Award-winning first season of Random Acts of Flyness (HBO) and is a core member of the New Negress Film Society || nuotamabodomo.info || @tobogganeer

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Mariama Diallo

Mariama Diallo is a Brooklyn based writer-director with a passion for horror and sci-fi. Her short film, HAIR WOLF, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Short Film Jury Award in US Fiction. In 2018, she worked as writer and director on Terence Nance’s HBO series RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS.

Previously, Diallo wrote and directed the short film SKETCH, which played at festivals such as the Chicago International Film Festival and the BlackStar Film Festival, where it won the Fox Inclusion Emerging Artist Award. In 2018, she was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. 

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Eva Hageman

Eva Hageman is the University of Maryland President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s Studies and will be Assistant Professor in AmericanStudies and Women’s Studies in Fall 2020. She received her Ph.D. fromNew York University in American Studies with a Certificate in Culture and Media.

Hageman’s book manuscript, “‘Relatable Meets Remarkable’: Crafting Race in the Reality Television Industry,” examines reality television and the central role it plays in shaping articulations of race in the 21st century. Eva’s publications include the essay “Debt by Design: Race and Home Valorization on Reality TV,” in the anthology Racism Post-Race: Culture, Critique, and the Color Line edited bySarah Banet-Weiser, Roopali Mukherjee, and Herman Gray (Duke, 2019)and “A Taste For Reality” (2013) and “MC NORMCORE” (2014) on In MediaRes. She has directed two documentary shorts, Legendary and You, As Seen On TV.

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Once Haunted reflects on the idea of haunting, both as a multifaceted trope of desire, physical ruins, loss, fear and social change, as well as a citation from specific genres of horror and surrealism. 

Screening Program

Suicide by Sunlight (2018, NR, 17 min.), dir. Nikyatu Jusu
Valentina, a day-walking black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters. Read this review from BlackGirlNerds –> https://blackgirlnerds.com/sundance-2019-review-suicide-by-sunlight/

Everybody Dies! (2016, NR, 9 min.), dir. Nuotama Bodomo
This short film made its debut in 2016 as part of the anthology collective: unconscious.

Hair Wolf (2018, NR 12 min.), Mariama Diallo

The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture. Winner US Fiction at Sundance 2018.

Shiplap (2019, NR), dir. Eva Hageman

shiplap is a videographic essay that Hageman completed as part of a workshop she participated in at Middlebury College in summer 2019. Videographic criticism is a mode of analysis that uses video as its prime method of engagement. Hageman’s videographic essay shiplap comes out of her research for her book manuscript on the narrative functions of race and the concept of ‘relatability’ in reality television development, especially in lifestyle programming (such as the HGTV shows House Hunters, Fixer Upper, and Home Town).

Voice-over (2019, NR 3 min.) dir. Eva Hageman

Still from Voice-over

This videographic essay examines what lies beneath HGTV’s House Hunters.

Videographic essays are a relatively new form, and they use editing methods common to various film and video forms such as narrative, documentary, more conventional or experimental. This type of criticism looks to mediate traditional academic media analysis and in doing so transform the object of analysis into the analysis itself.

Eva Hageman

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Conversation will follow the screening. Curated by Sarah Lasley formerly of Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design and Terri Francis of the Black Film Center/ Archive and The Media School, with support from IU Cinema and College Arts and Humanities Institute. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.

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*This event is free, but ticketed, and open to the public.

*The Screening Room temperature tends to run cool, so please remember to bring a jacket or sweater. 

*No food or drink is permitted in the Screening Room.

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