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“Greenlight Yourself” | Director Merawi Gerima on the Making of ‘Residue’

Residue, written and directed by Merawi Gerima, had its world premiere at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award, Special Jury Mention and Acting Award for lead Obinna Nwachukwu. The film follows aspiring filmmaker Jay (Obinna Nwachukwu) returning to his childhood Washington, DC, neighborhood that has been gentrified beyond recognition. Dealing with alienation from his friends, troubled by the disappearance of his best friend, and unsure of his place in this new community, Jay confronts issues of identity, gentrification and loss. Now streaming on Netflix through Ava DuVernay's distribution company ARRAY, Residue has racked up stellar reviews from The Guardian, The New Yorker and the New York Times, to name a few. Stacey Marbrey, longtime Slamdance programmer and filmmaker, sat down with Merawi to talk in depth about Residue and the inspiring DIY stories behind how the film was made —with limited resources but an abundance of determination, talent, and community support. Check out some highlights below, or watch the full interview here. On the gentrification of DC and the inspiration for making Residue: "I spent a whole year away and I came back to DC with all these emotions kind of swirling. Then I saw that the city that I had not really appreciated, you appreciate it more when it's leaving...

The Vast of Night | Interview with Director Andrew Patterson

The Vast of Night had its World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival in 2019. At the fest, it won raucous acclaim from critics while also winning the Slamdance Audience Award. The film eventually signed a distribution deal with Amazon Studios and is now available to watch on Amazon Prime. Prior to its release, we invited director Andrew Patterson back to Slamdance in January 2020 to join Slamdance co-conspirator Paul Rachman in a discussion of his journey in making the film and getting it out to the world. Listen to their full talk: Excerpts On returning to Slamdance one year after the world premiere of The Vast of Night: This is weird, this is where we played a year ago. Same room. We didn't know if we were gonna be able to fill this room up 12 months ago. We were literally trying to figure out by counting the number of people on the line outside of the room, if that would be enough to fill the seats. We played on the Friday night, I think 7 o'clock slot, and then here we are a year later. Yeah, and then the next screening was... We did the big room next and that one was the Monday night show, and that was when we thought we might...

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Support Black Slamdance Filmmakers

Slamdance is proud to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are some Black Slamdance filmmakers that we encourage you to follow and support. For more resources and ways to support Black artists check out this list created by Free the Work. Haley Elizabeth Anderson Director/Writer of  Get Out Fast (2017) Filmmaker Website Follow on: Instagram Watch: Selected works on Vimeo     Lyndon Barrois Director/Writer of Prizefighter (2019) Filmmaker Website Follow on: Instagram | Twitter Watch: Selected works on It's a Wrapper     Naima Ramos-Chapman Director of And Nothing Happened (2016) and Piu Piu (2019) Filmmaker Website Follow on: Instagram Watch: Betty and Random Acts of Flyness on HBO     Jomo Fray Cinematographer of Get Out Fast (2017) and Nettles (2019) Filmmaker Website Follow on: Instagram Watch: Selah and the Spades on Amazon     Merawi Gerima Director/Writer of Residue (2020) Film Website Follow on: Instagram | Twitter       Rendah Haj Director of Hayat (2020) Follow on: Instagram         Rickerby Hinds Screenwriter of My Name is Myeisha (2018) Website Follow on: Instagram Watch: My Name is Myeisha on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play or YouTube     Raven Jackson Director/Writer of Nettles (2019) Filmmaker Website Follow on: Instagram Watch: Selected works on Vimeo     Nailah...

By Filmmakers For Filmmakers: Residue

By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers Follow Residue director Merawi Gerima and his Resicrew as they take over Park City and connect with new audiences and fellow filmmakers at the Slamdance Film Festival. Directed by Slamdance alum Jai Love. Credits Directed by Jai Love Featuring Team Residue: Merawi Gerima, Obinna Nwachukwu, Mark Jeevaratnam, Shani Crowe, Joshua Parks, Enanu Gerima, Dennis Lindsey. Edited by Eduardo Ayres Sound by Connor Rickman Sound Mix by Cody Troyer Shot on Blackmagic Design Pocket 4K Additional Footage by Joshua Parks Footage from “Residue” courtesy of Merawi Gerima...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reframe: Kelly Sears & Sam Gurry in Conversation

Filmmakers Kelly Sears and Sam Gurry are 2019 Slamdance alumni who create innovative and powerful films by repurposing and reframing found imagery and objects. Kelly's film Applied Pressure, features sequential images sourced from dozens of massage books activated to reflect on recent public conversation surrounding bodies, massage, and assault. Sam's animated documentary, Winners Bitch, was inspired by a found collection of photos and documents belonging to Virginia Hampton, a real life doyenne of the dog competition world, and ruminates on the many sacrifices it can take to be a woman of distinction. We invited them to chat about about their work and the ways they create new meaning in the materials they find around them.   Kelly Sears:  It's great to watch all your work together!  I love getting a sense that questions or approaches become more pronounced through watching multiple works.  Here are some thoughts and musings and let's use this as a first step to see where our conversation goes.  We can make space for questions to questions and responses to responses. Sam Gurry: Thanks for watching my films! Likewise, it was lovely getting to be so engrossed in your world, Kelly. It’s interesting watching all of your pieces together and feeling certain manifestations throughout. I feel like I know you better now somehow. ...

Gina Prince-Bythewood & Tina Mabry on Mentorship

How to Turn Your Idol into Your Mentor into Your Collaborator Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love and Basketball”, “Shots Fired”) and Tina Mabry (“Mississippi Damned”, “Queen Sugar”) are unstoppable forces on the rise — writing, producing, and directing for TV and film while mentoring the next generation of filmmaking talent. Gina premiered an early short film at Slamdance in 1998 (“Bowl of Pork”, starring Dave Chappell) before her breakout first feature “Love and Basketball”. The film that redefined sports films and broke new ground on how women and people of color are depicted onscreen inspired Tina Mabry to abandon her LSATs and apply for film school. Tina’s 2009 debut feature “Mississippi Damned” (starring Tessa Thompson with cinematography by Oscar nominee Bradford Young) won Gina’s admiration and respect and the two filmmakers have since become mentor/mentee, friends, colleagues, and are now collaborating on an upcoming film. Both Slamdance alums, they came to our offices to discuss their experiences navigating the industry with all its highs and lows, and offered some valuable wisdom for fellow filmmakers. Listen to their conversation in it’s entirety or read some highlights below. “I mean, making a good movie is hard. Getting a movie made is a miracle.” Tina on meeting Gina after watching “Love and Basketball” and stalking her for years: Tina: The first time we...

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