Sunday, September 20, 2015

#SciFiSunday: ASTRONOMMO, Speculative Fiction on Film + Black Women

*From the Press Release

Mini-festival to open sci-fi doors to under-represented Black women filmmakers

The International Black Women's Film Festival launches ASTRONOMMO, a 1-day, 3 hour event highlighting the outstanding work of speculative fiction films featuring women-of-color. 

ASTRONOMMO re-frames the speculative fiction discussion to show that communities-of-color are producing creative, imaginative, and outstanding work that is not being recognized. New audiences will be introduced to new sci-fi, horror, and supernatural films. 3 premieres will screen, including one by local filmmakers Kathleen Antonia and Nijla Mu'min.

Also included, fIlmmaker and Stanford University professor Kathleen Antonia will discuss and introduce her premiere film "Early Aliens."

The series will occur at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library at 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. In collaboration with the San Francisco Main Library's African American Center and sponsored through an award from OAKLANDISH.

Tickets: Free and Open to the PublicPlease RSVP here!

Program Schedule

12:55 PM | "Bombingham" (USA/dir. Gabrielle Gorman - 2015) 

An experimental reenactment of the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama were 4 girls were killed. The short has in fact received admiration from Sarah Collin Rudolph, the survivor of the bombing. Short/Experimental 

1:00 PM | "Deluge" (USA/dir. Nijla Mu'min - 2014)

After witnessing the mass drowning of her friends and struggling with the decision not to jump in, 15-year old Tiana must decide if she will join the order of black mermaids that protect the waters where her friends rest. This film is partly inspired by the 2010 mass drowning of six black teens in a Shreveport, Louisiana sinkhole. None of them could swim. The film blends coming of age drama and fantasy to explore traumatic memory in a post- BP oil spill New Orleans. Short/Fantasy

1:15 PM | "On Early Aliens" (Discussion) Director and Stanford University professor Kathleen Antonia discusses the inspiration of and introduces her film "Early Aliens".

1:40 PM | "Early Aliens" (USA/dir. Kathleen Antonia - 2014)**PREMIERE**

A parody of the "Ancient Aliens" programming, this short film introduces new theories of E.T.'s history with Earth humans. Come for the laughs, leave with the lessons. Short/Comedy

2:10 PM | "Dianthus" (USA/dir. Charles Jolivette - 2015) **PREMIERE**

Dianthus explores the mythical legend of a southern family. Short/Fantasy

2:25 PM | "He Cometh The Seven Seals" (USA/dir. Elana De El Elyon [Cooper]) **PREMIERE**

Through nightmarish, hallucinatory imagery, a child foresees the apocalypse and a world of angels and demons.


...Over 12 years of moving images FORWARD

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