Pausing from the plate spinning for a moment to delightedly announce that Strangewaze is now a partnership. Indeed, my friend and now-colleague, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist, Erika Valenciana, and I are now co-executive directors up in here at Strangewaze HQ.
Please take a moment to read her bio, and learn about her impressive background.
And, to help us celebrate, please join us at these two events in the next few days:
At Doc Talk, a variety of non-fiction filmmakers show short films and trailers and discuss documentary art, personal stories and social change. Each event (always the last Thursday of the month) is organized around a timeless and universal theme. This edition features female filmmakers of color working under the auspices of Diverse Voices In Documentary, a remarkable partnership between Oscar Nominated Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop. The event is co-hosted by filmmaker Anu Rana, Kartemquin’s Program Coordinator for DVID. In addition to Erika Valenciana, the evening will also feature work by Reveca Torres, Urooj Yazdani, Colette Ghunim and Dani Jackson.
And, you can also join us at the Midwest Film Festival on Tuesday, April 3, also in Chicago, where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion about documentary film with aforementioned Academy Award nominated Kartemquin Films producers Mark Mitten and Betsy Steinberg. (Tickets and info)
That evening, following the panel, Midwest Film Fest (always the first Tuesday of the month) will be screening Academy Award nominated documentary films “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and “Edith+Eddie.”
(This also marks the first, but hopefully not last, time the words “Academy Award nominated” appears here.)
Anyway, back to the plate-spinning, and hope to see you at one or both of these events.
-Amy G. | @AmyGuth