With COVID-19, everyone's life changed around the world. CR8:BLK had to find a way to keep a new tradition going and to continue to celebrate the work of Black/African women artists. So, Black Women Cinema Week continued for a second year in 2020 online with a virtual week long event. CR8:BLK connected with Black/African women artists from around the world and their collaborators, partners, family, and friends! Check out the selection of films that were screened on the website www.cr8blk.org and visit our CR8:BLK's Instagram account to see the interviews with these artists, special guests, and performances from Black Women Cinema Week 2020!
CR8:BLK Presents Black Women Cinema Week; A Celebration of Creativity
On October 21-25, 2019 CR8:BLK will host its first inaugural Black Women Cinema Week at the Eaton DC 1201 K. Street NW, Washington, DC. This 5-day event will feature film screenings, panels, workshops, networking and more. All activities and film screenings will be from 7-9PM each day. “I am so excited to bring this experience to DC, Black Women Cinema Week is an opportunity to celebrate and lift up the work of Black women filmmakers from the US and across the diaspora.” said Rebekah Frimpong, MPH filmmaker and founder of CR8: BLK. The nonprofit organization CR8:BLK (Create Black) has a vision to create opportunities and provide spaces for Black/African women artists throughout the Diaspora and share their artwork while helping them build networks to help them prosper creatively. Other collaborators for Black Women Cinema Week, include Meridian Solutions, What is Black Podcast, New Negress Film Society, and FilmFatales.
During Black Women Cinema Week over 25 films by Black women filmmakers will screen and three workshops will be offered on self-care and writing, acting, and producing. To attend register for RSVP tickets and workshop registration online at https://filmfreeway.com/cr8blkshortfilmDC/tickets. Filmmakers and films featured include: New Negress Film Society presentation of films Afronauts, Everybody Dies!, Pain Revisited, Fucked Like a Star, Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE). With premieres of Gladys Edeh’s Mr. Gele: The Man. The Story. The Craft, a documentary that profiles the intriguing life of Mr. Segun Gele, a Master craftsman of the African Headwrap, also known as the Gele and the short documentary film Lugha Ya Mama by Kenyan filmmaker Mary Nyambura. In addition, the DC premiere of The Next Right Thing Web series By Stori Ayers, Dionna McMillian, and Kenzi Ross and the DC premiere of the short experimental film Harriet Tubman Haiku with Sonia Sanchez by filmmaker Nadine M. Patterson.
More About CR8: BLK
CR8:BLK (Create Black) is a non-profit organization aimed towards celebrating contemporary Black and African Art created by women of color. Contemporary Art is defined to include current works of sculpture, painting, film, media, and other creative platforms. CR8:BLK will use publications, digital media, and outreach programs to further foster creativity in Black communities globally.
CR8:BLK will have the 1st Short Film Competition and present the Keturah Caesar Film Grant to the winner. This is apart of CR8:BLK Presents: Black Women Cinema Week in DC at Eaton DC Theater Space. Join us on October 21-25, 2019 for this event! We will have opportunities for sponsorship, workshop collaboration, and more.
To Submit Your Film Visit: https://filmfreeway.com/cr8blkshortfilmDC
CR8:BLK's first Short Film Submission is open from May 10, 2019-July 31, 2019. Films must be between the length of 5-25 minutes long and must be produced, written, directed, or have cinematography done by an independent Black woman filmmaker. Film submissions have $10 entry fee and filmmakers are allowed to submit only ONE film for consideration. Visit https://filmfreeway.com/cr8blkshortfilmDC to see full rules and submit films.
BLACK WOMEN CINEMA WEEK (BWCW) DC OCT. 21-25, 2019
CR8:BLK is excited to announce our first Black Women Cinema Week in Washington, DC at Eaton DC Hotel and Workshop. This five day event will be from October 21-25, 2019 and will include workshops, screenings, panels, and more! Stay tuned for more updates and sponsorship information.
On September 16, 2018 from 3-5pm---in Soho area of New York at a private art gallery location, CR8:BLK will have their launch event DiasporHER featuring musical guest Koku Gonza. DiasporHER is a Pop-Up Art Exhibition celebrating African/Black Female Artists. The event will feature an art exhibit by painter Ntangou Badila and the official SS’19 NYFW art installation by fashion design house Amyang Fashun. Attend this event through RSVP invite only. Tickets will be available online through Eventbrite at https://cr8blklauncheventnyc.eventbrite.com for $25 each with proceeds going towards CR8:BLK’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program and the RWUL Legacy- “Keturah” Caesar Film Grant. An RSVP ticket includes light brunch and drinks, as well as a raffle ticket to win a special gift from our artists.
DiasporHER will include an interactive art experience with live painting performance by featured artist Ntangou Balida and musical guest Koku Gonza. Guests will be served a light West-African inspired brunch and an opportunity to purchase art, pre-order from the new collection by Amyang Fashun and engage with the artists to learn about their artistic journeys. This event is being curated by CR8:BLK (Create Black), a non-profit organization aimed towards celebrating contemporary Black and African Art created by Black/African female artists. Contemporary Art being defined to include current works of sculpture, painting, film, media, fashion and other creative platforms. CR8:BLK will use publications, digital media, and outreach programs to further foster creativity in Black communities globally. For more information visit www.cr8blk.org for details.
DiasporHER Featured Artists
CR8:BLK Magazine will be published three times a year highlighting the work of Black and African Contemporary Artists and Curators worldwide. This magazine will be available digitally and in print format. The magazine will include work from painters, illustrators, filmmakers, curators, photographers, digital media artists, and more. The magazine will also include in depth interviews, reviews, and critiques. First issue will be published in October 2018 ,the second issue January 2018, and the third issue April 2019. This magazine will provide internships for Philadelphia based artists and art students in art colleges and universities.