Date(s) - 09/26/2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
the BTFC Office
The Black TV & Film Collective is excited to continue our Speaker Series this September 26th with award-winning cinematographer and storyteller Shawn Peters. This year Peters was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film, last year he was a Creative Capital Moving Image Award Recipient. While the list of accolades and awards are a testament to his pursuit of excellence, they are also a reflection of the passion and pride he brings to the work. Having worked as cinematographer for visionary director Terence Nance — among other works, he lensed Nance’s lovesick, doc/fiction An Oversimplification of her Beauty and his more recent, gorgeously inscrutable Swimming in Your Skin Again — Shawn Peters is no stranger to pushing perceived boundaries in storytelling. So, it’s appropriate then that his first major personal work, due out this fall, educates gentrifiers, humanizes and creates an intimacy with mural art we pass on the streets of Williamsburg and Bedstuy Brooklyn every day. The Art of Dying Young combines film and technology, documentary and hybrid elements and, skipping across decades, locations both physical and virtual. Using both augmented and virtual reality, The Art of Dying Young, is a portrait of two young men whose lives are memorialized through street murals in Brooklyn. But it’s also, by extension, a portrait of the neighborhoods themselves as the work uses the personal histories of these men to trigger related sounds, music and even dream sequences. The project has received support ranging from Creative Capital to the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab. Here, Peters' speaks more on the upcoming experiential portrait. We are excited to speak to Shawn about his work as an artist, how he prepared for the opportunities that came his way, the resources he values most and the advice he has for other filmmakers on finding the funding and creative support integral to finding audiences for their work. The talk will be lead by BTFC member and award-winning director, Ekwa Msangi. Ekwa, Shawn and producer, Huriyyah Muhammad, recently collaborated to create the short film, Farewell Meu Amor, that recently debuted in the Zanzibar International Film Festival.
5:30 - 7 PM Film Screening, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
7pm - 8 PM Speaker, Shawn Peters, Discussion led by Ekwa Msangi
8 PM - 9PM NetworkingDue to limited seating. You must RSVP for admittance. Hope to see you all there!
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