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Anatomy of Wings

This documentary chronicles the 12-year journey of a program in Baltimore who meet regularly for a video production class. An opportunity for the girls in the community to use media technology to document their lives and surroundings ultimately leads to learning the lessons of collaboration and unity to address issues of racial justice, gender identity, educational access, and socioeconomic inequality. Preceded by THOUGHTS THAT COME TO MIND... Dir. Keyana Robinson
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:84
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.anatomyofwings.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nikiea Redmond
Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander
Producer:Jane Cottis
Cinematographer:Larry Jackson
Devon Brown
Julia Golonka
Editor:Trina Rodriguez
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Black Lens Shorts: Facing Uncertainty

Each narrative in this shorts program centers on a character who faces great uncertainty in immediate moments, and must prepare themselves to face the outcome of their decisions. The films illustrate how fighting through doubt and anxiety can ultimately lead to clarity.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Shorter Is Better
Runtime:78
Event Type:Streaming
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Black Lens Shorts: We Change the Narrative

This collection of shorts use performance and personal stories to convey efforts to alter dehumanizing narratives of Black people and develop strategies to affirm agency and humanity. While unconventional in their structure, these films prove to be nevertheless revelatory, engaging, and fascinating.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Shorter Is Better
Runtime:86
Event Type:Streaming
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters

Filmmakers Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz illustrate the way in which dance addresses the toll of the AIDS epidemic, particularly on the LGBTQ community. Featuring legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, original performers of the production, and LeBlanc’s dance class at Loyola Marymount University this film offers an intricate immersion into the history and legacy of this production honoring the memories of dancers Arnie Zane and Demian Acquavella. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Art & Artists
Black Lens
Release Year:2020
Runtime:90
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.d-mandocumentary.com/#home-section
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Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rosalynde LeBlanc
Tom Hurwitz
Producer:Duana Butler
Rosalynde LeBlanc
Cinematographer:Tom Hurwitz
Editor:Ann Collins
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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How It Feels to be Free

Yoruba Richen’s latest documentary showcases six Black women entertainers (Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Pam Grier) whose talent and activism propel them into transformative figures in popular culture. Based on the book by Ruth Feldstein, the film chronicles the defiant way in which each woman challenged an entertainment industry that sought to reduce them to marginalized roles and racist stereotypes.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Release Year:2020
Runtime:113
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Canada
United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/how-it-feels-to-be-free-lena-horne-abbey-lincoln-nina-simon
Film Sponsor:Baird
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Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Yoruba Richen
Screenwriter:Elizabeth Trojian
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Love Like Winter

Dr. Artel Great’s debut film is a romantic drama set in Chicago that focuses on two former lovers who cross paths and reconnect for the first time in a decade. Over the course of a magical winter afternoon, they relive old memories that open the path to rediscover the chemistry they once shared. This is the first installment in THE LOVE CYCLE series, a contemporary take on romance and what it really means to fall in love.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
American Independents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:70
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Artel Great
Producer:Artel Great
Screenwriter:Artel Great
Cinematographer:Edwin Chen
Editor:Artel Great
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Ludi

With an understated performance by Shein Mompremier, LUDI is about a woman pushed to her physical and emotional limits as she chases the American Dream in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. Working as a nurse, she receives regular updates (and requests for money) from her family while battling coworkers for extra overtime. Writer/director Edson Jean draws from his mother’s immigration experience to tell a tale that is personal, amusing, and inspiring.
Film Info
Program Category:Cine Sin Fronteras
Black Lens
American Independents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:80
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Edson Jean
Producer:Mark Pulaski
Fabiola Rodriguez
Screenwriter:Edson Jean
Joshua Jean-Baptiste
Cinematographer:Juan Camilo Barriga
Editor:Jonathan Cuartas
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Mama Gloria

Luchina Fisher’s documentary is an empathic and engaging portrait of Gloria Allen. Once a mainstay in the drag ball culture on Chicago’s South Side in the 1960s, Gloria would persevere through traumatic violence to emerge as a leader and matriarch in her community that gives unconditional love. Her creation of a charm school for young transgender people would inspire a hit play, CHARM, chronicling her journey as a Black, septuagenarian, trans icon and elder.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
GenreQueer
Release Year:2020
Runtime:76
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.mamagloriafilm.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Luchina Fisher
Producer:Luchina Fisher
Yvonne Welbon
Zainab Ali
Lorna Grisby
Screenwriter:Luchina Fisher
Cinematographer:Stephen Lewis
Editor:Caroline Berler
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Since I Been Down

Gilda Sheppard’s documentary looks at Tacoma, WA in the early 1990s, where elected officials responded to the increase of gang activity, escalating crime, and increasing poverty by passing a three-strikes law. The incarceration of residents from Tacoma’s economically deprived neighborhoods reflects the outcome when states like Washington (and Wisconsin) abolish discretionary parole. Those who have been imprisoned use their education work to achieve healing, forgiveness, and dignity.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:105
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://www.jimmielewisproductions.com/aboutthefilm
Film Sponsor:Mary Jo and Don Layden Jr
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Gilda Sheppard
Producer:Gilda Sheppard
June Nho Ivers
Saman Maydani
Cinematographer:Canh Nguyen
Editor:Saman Maydani
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

CLOSING NIGHT! In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Sound Vision
Release Year:2021
Runtime:117
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Producer:David Dinerstein
Robert Fyvolent
Joseph Patel
Cinematographer:Shawn Peters
Editor:Joshua L. Pearson
Thu, May 20 12:00 AM
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The Inheritance

Filmmaker Ephraim Asili references his own experiences in a Black liberation collective to offer this story about a community of young Black artists and activists in a West Philadelphia house. He combines fiction and documentary conventions in the tradition of Jean-Luc Godard's LA CHINOISE to show how the history of the MOVE organization and the poetry of Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker inform what they seek to accomplish in this space. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
American Independents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:100
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://grasshopperfilm.com/film/the-inheritance/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ephraim Asili
Producer:Vic Brooks
Ephraim Asili
Screenwriter:Ephraim Asili
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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