This conversation will offer insight into the imagination of Black women's creative process. Drawing on bell hooks' work All About Love, we will explore the power of film as a healing modality, discover how creators center joy in their work, and discuss how they imagine our future.
Ellie Foumbi is an actor/writer/director from Cameroon whose work is centered on stories about identity and moral ambiguity within the African diaspora. Her films have screened at Venice, HollyShorts and Santa Barbara International Film Festival. An alum of Berlinale Talents and New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy, her projects have been supported by the Venice Biennale College-Cinema, SFFILM’s Rainin Grant, The Gotham's Project Market, Film Independent, and the Tribeca Film Institute. She holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in Directing.
Ericka Hart (pronouns: she/they) is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Ericka’s work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Since then, she has been in demand at colleges and universities across the country, featured in countless digital and print publications like Vogue, Washington Post, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, VICE, PAPER Mag, BBC News, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Glamour, Elle, and Essence. Ericka’s voice is rooted in leading edge thought around human sexual expression as inextricable to overall human health and its intersections with race, gender, chronic illness and disability. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex positivity. Ericka Hart has taught sexuality education for elementary aged youth to adults across New York City for over 10 years, including for 4 years at Columbia University’s School of Social work and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. They are currently an adjunct faculty member at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality, a bratty switchy Sagittarius service bottom and misses Whitney more than you.
Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator, strategist, and consultant for the last 20 years. She is a co-founder of City Dibs, a social justice development organization building Black Sovereignty. Their projects include: Dovecote Café, a community based oasis & café; Brioxy, a training pipeline for young people of color buying land and launching organizations collectively, Countered—turning the neighborhood corner store into a hub of wellness and community organizing, and the House of Sedulō an artist residency for Black artists across the globe. Previously, Cole launched the Brown Boi Project, the largest leadership development organization for young LGBT people of color in the US. An Echoing Green Fellow, Coro Fellow, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and Spirit of Dolores Huerta Award recipient, she has worked across the US and internationally on issues of leadership development and social capital.
Eliane Henri is a Black female filmmaker who began her long-standing career in Hollywood as a Creative Director in the music industry working for her mentor Quincy Jones in the 90s, and moving into PR & Special Events as a Director at Harrison & Shriftman, a multi-national PR firm in the early aughts. In 2003, Henri founded her own event production company, Poplife Productions, where she produced events and experiences for cultural icons including Forest Whitaker, Naomi Campbell, Mos Def, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Yoko Ono. In 2013, Henri segued into documentary production as an associate producer on the film Feel Rich: Health is the New Wealth, executive produced by her mentor Quincy Jones. In 2014, Henri produced the inaugural Getting Real Documentary Film Conference for the International Documentary Association (IDA). In 2016, she returned to produce both the 2nd biannual Getting Real Conference as well as the 32nd Annual International Documentary Awards. Hargrove is her directorial debut.