Sunday, February 18, 2018

28 Black Women Horror Filmmakers: Bree Newsome


Bree Newsome is an is an American filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is best known for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds. The resulting publicity put pressure on state officials to remove the flag permanently, and it was taken down for good on July 10, 2015. While still in high school, Newsome created a short animated film for which she won a college scholarship. She studied film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and her short, Wake has won numerous awards, including the Outstanding Independent Short Film award in the Black Reel Awards of 2012 and the Best Short Film at the BET Urban World Film Festival. It has been screened at many film festivals including the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival in France, the New York International Latino Film Festival, and the Montreal International Black Film Festival. Newsome was the first African-American undergraduate to be nominated for the prestigious Wasserman Award (Spike Lee having won the award as a graduate student). She says that her experience as a black woman working in the horror and sci-fi film genres inspired her to become an activist. Speaking as part of a panel at Spelman College in 2014, she said, "The space that exists for many of us, as a young black girl, is so extremely limited so that you really can’t go very far without being an activist, without being in defiance of something." (Source)


Wake (2010)

Bree Newsome Speaking on Art, Activism, Science Fiction and Horror

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