DAY OF BLACK DOCS

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May 22, 2021
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Welcome

The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWest) proudly presents its signature fundraising event, DAY OF BLACK DOCS. It is a celebration of documentaries, which highlights the Black Experience and spotlights its filmmakers from around the world. The daylong event will include online screenings, panel discussions, Q & A with filmmakers as well as a virtual afterparty.

For the past 14 years, DAY OF BLACK DOCS, presented by BADWest, have showcased prominent documentaries by Black filmmakers with a commitment of bringing excellent films – many without widespread distribution – to a wider audience.

Formed in July of 2003 as a collective of documentary filmmakers of African descent working and residing on the West Coast, BADWest advances its mission to further the legacy of its founder, St. Clair Bourne, by living up to the commitment to assist documentarians developing stories and increase the impact of documentary filmmaking within our community and beyond.

We’re excited about the support of our sponsors, International Documentary Association (IDA),the California Association of African American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA), graybayne film/media, What's With Docs and Sill to Sidewalk.

Thanks our partners IDA for donating the six filmmakers a one-year membership to the organization; and Final Draft contributing software.

Special thank you to the BADWest DOBD Curating Committee: Tiffany Judkins, Toni Bell and Elizabeth Baynes.

For more information about BADWest and membership, please visit www.badwest.org

Video Descriptions

Pigeon Kings

Cowgirl & Her Horse

See You Next Time

Shoulders Deep

Two Gods

ITS YOURS A Story of Hip Hop & the Internet

360 minutes

Moderator

  • Tamika Lamison

    Tamika is currently serving as the SVP of Development and Production at PhilmCo (www.philmcomedia.com), a film company with a double bottom line of art advocacy and commerce. She is an award winning actor, writer, director, and producer who has produced/written/directed many shorts, features, and documentaries including: “Ferguson Rises”, “Last Life,” “Spin,” “Hope,” “The 3rd Era of Medicine,” “The Male Groupie,” and others. Her first script, “The Jar By The Door,” was a Sundance Finalist and won several awards including IFP’s Gordon Parks Indie Film Award. She was also the Director and DP on BET’s first reality show, “College Hill.” As a graduate of The American University and Howard University one of Tamika’s biggest passions is giving back. She was a Research Consultant at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences helping to develop their Academy Gold Program, before accepting a position as the Executive Director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) in which she built an Inclusion & Diversity Program under the umbrella of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP). Tamika also created and founded Make A Film Foundation (MAFF)- a non-profit that grants 'film wishes' to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers, and directors who help them create short film legacies. Through MAFF, Tamika has produced several award winning short films and over 100 short documentaries with the most recent being, “The Black Ghiandola” directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, and Sam Raimi. Tamika was recently honored with the ‘Trailblazer Award’ from the Baron Jay Foundation for her various levels of impact and service in the entertainment industry. A list of honors and awards include: Cinema for Peace Award, ABC/Disney Fellowship in Screenwriting, AFI Directing Workshop for Women, CBS Directing Fellowship. Currently, Tamika is in her 3rd Season as Staff Writer and Supervising Producer of the Amazon Prime/UMC series “Monogamy”. She is also pitching her Original One Hour Dramedy series, “B.E.E.S.” which was a finalist for the Producer’s Guild Power of Diversity Award.

Participants

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    Joyce Lee

    Panelist

    Joyce Lee is an actor, writer, filmmaker, speech coach, and arts education advocate living in Los Angeles. Her documentary, “The Ethnic Groups of Ghana,” was shot while a fellow of The William and Eva Fox Foundation in Ghana, West Africa. Her play, Nino and the Principal’s Daughter toured Catholic Schools in Los Angeles under Enrichment Works sex-education program and her play The Dean’s Office was presented in play reading festivals at Houston’s Fade to Black, and New York’s Actor’s Studio BIPOC group. Since receiving an MFA in Acting from NYU, she has worked in TV, film and theatre and has taught acting at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and voice and speech at New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA. Ms. Lee also has a passion for youth development and holds a certificate in Social Emotional Healing through the Arts from UCLArts, Santa Monica. She has worked with youth at probation camps and with highly gifted, high-risk youth in under-funded schools throughout Los Angeles. Joyce is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, BADWest, and The Actor’s Studio.

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    Malissa Strong

    Panelist

    Malissa Strong graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government. She has acted in theatrical productions in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre as well as the Bailiwick Repertory and The Black Ensemble Theatre. She participated in the Women’s Theatre Alliance as a director. Malissa’s film “Voting While Black” had Honorary Mention at the DGA student film awards in 2001. Her productions credits include: The ACLU Freedom Files: a 10-part documentary series with Brave New Films on Court TV, Deal or No Deal on NBC and Take Home Chef, Discovery Channel. Malissa is a Board Member of the Burbank YMCA and a UCCE Master Gardener. She is currently producing the documentary “Black Magic: African-Americans and the Conjuring Arts”.

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    Joyce Guy

    Panelist

    Joyce Guy is an actress, playwright, filmmaker and choreographer, Guy was a member of the DC Black Repertory Company and has performed all around the country, including the Kennedy Center. In the January 1, 1992 issue of the LA Times, she was named to its “People to Watch in 92.” Guy received an Ovation Award nomination as well as a Stage Raw Theater Award and NAACP Image Award for choreographing Lorraine Hansberry’s “Les Blancs.” She also took home the NAACP Image Award for Best Choreographer in 2019. Joyce is the creator/writer/performer and co-producer of the digital series, “Racism Never Sleeps: Kitchen Series and Kitchen Conversation.” She is director and producer of the documentary film “Dancing Like Home.” As an actress, her film and tv credits include “Moneyball” and “The Santa Claus,” with guest-starring roles on the small screen, including “Good Girls,” “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson,” “S.W.A.T.,” “This Is Us,” Kidding, Bosch, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Animal Kingdom, Criminal Minds, How To Get Away With “Murder,” “Parenthood” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – just to name a few. Guy has a recurring role in the upcoming Netflix series “Clickbait” and the award-winning daytime series, “General Hospital.” Joyce is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, Television Academy, International Documentary Association (IDA), Film Independent, as well as a founding member, officer and treasurer of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWest).

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    Jacquil Constant

    Panelist

    Jacquil Constant is a Haitian American independent filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production and a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Pan African Studies and Cinema Television and Arts from California State University Northridge (CSUN). In 2006, Jacquil established his own production company, Constant Production, which has various music videos, short films, and commercial productions to its credit. He is also the founder of the first ever Haiti International Film Festival in Southern California. Jacquil’s career spans over twelve years in the independent filmmaking industry and includes networks such as MTV, BET, and VHI where he worked in various capacities including production, post-production and casting of reality television shows. He has directed and produced three independent short documentaries. CSUN 6 is as short documentary about student protests against tuition hikes for the California university system. Dream Realized tells the history of the CSUN Africana Studies Department. Haiti Is A Nation Of Artists is a short documentary film depicting Haitian artists creating transformational art to uplift the nation of Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. Jacquil Constant is an Adjunct Professor at Pasadena City College where he teaches Cinema Production. His passion is promoting the beauty of Haitian culture and has curated multiple Haitian art shows including Haiti Is A Nation Of Artists (2015) and Haitian Magical Realism (2016), exhibited at California State University, Northridge. In addition, he is curating a Haitian Realism (2019) art show that is being exhibited at Pasadena City College. He has also made appearances as a keynote speaker for the Haitian Art Museum in Chicago and Shades of Africa in Long Beach, California. Also, he is Film Curator for the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers displaying documentaries for the St Claire Bourne Film Series. Jacquil is an active member of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers, the International Documentary Association, and the African Arts Association.

  • Panelist Avatar
    Tamika Lamison (Moderator)

    Panelist

    Tamika is currently serving as the SVP of Development and Production at PhilmCo (www.philmcomedia.com), a film company with a double bottom line of art advocacy and commerce. She is an award winning actor, writer, director, and producer who has produced/written/directed many shorts, features, and documentaries including: “Ferguson Rises”, “Last Life,” “Spin,” “Hope,” “The 3rd Era of Medicine,” “The Male Groupie,” and others. Her first script, “The Jar By The Door,” was a Sundance Finalist and won several awards including IFP’s Gordon Parks Indie Film Award. She was also the Director and DP on BET’s first reality show, “College Hill.” As a graduate of The American University and Howard University one of Tamika’s biggest passions is giving back. She was a Research Consultant at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences helping to develop their Academy Gold Program, before accepting a position as the Executive Director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) in which she built an Inclusion & Diversity Program under the umbrella of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP). Tamika also created and founded Make A Film Foundation (MAFF)- a non-profit that grants 'film wishes' to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers, and directors who help them create short film legacies. Through MAFF, Tamika has produced several award winning short films and over 100 short documentaries with the most recent being, “The Black Ghiandola” directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, and Sam Raimi. Tamika was recently honored with the ‘Trailblazer Award’ from the Baron Jay Foundation for her various levels of impact and service in the entertainment industry. A list of honors and awards include: Cinema for Peace Award, ABC/Disney Fellowship in Screenwriting, AFI Directing Workshop for Women, CBS Directing Fellowship. Currently, Tamika is in her 3rd Season as Staff Writer and Supervising Producer of the Amazon Prime/UMC series “Monogamy”. She is also pitching her Original One Hour Dramedy series, “B.E.E.S.” which was a finalist for the Producer’s Guild Power of Diversity Award.

  • Panelist Avatar
    Milena Pastreich

    Panelist

    Milena Pastreich is a Los Angeles-based director and cinematographer. She received the UCLA Spotlight Award for her short film, I FEEL STUPID, which aired on PBS’s Film School Shorts and was featured on Short of the Week; JEAN-PAUL LUC SÉBASTIEN RENÉ, another short she made, premiered at SXSW. Milena has DP’ed Emmy-nominated films that have screened at festivals such as Cannes and Tribeca; she was awarded Best Cinematography at the New Orleans Film Festival for BELOW DREAMS and received the Panavision Award for THE BALLAD OF FINN + YETI. PIGEON KINGS is her documentary feature debut. Born and raised in San Francisco, Milena earned a BA in Art History from NYU and an MFA in Directing and Cinematography from UCLA.

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    Elizabeth Gray Bayne

    Panelist

    Elizabeth earned her MPH from Yale University and MFA from the Art Center College of Design. She has worked at the intersection of social impact and film for over ten years, starting with a fellowship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she assisted on The Ad Council’s Childhood Asthma Campaign. This experience allowed her to combine behavioral science with art and she has gone on to produce over 300 online videos, 5 PSA campaigns and 5 short films with a focus on community outreach. She is a grant recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Glassbreaker Films and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Elizabeth has just completed the short documentary “Continuing A Legacy” and is currently in post-production on her first feature-length documentary “Chocolate Milk.”

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    Crystal Kayiza

    Panelist

    Crystal Kayiza was raised in Oklahoma and is now a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. As a director, her work reimagines the aesthetics used to tell stories about Black folks across generations and landscapes. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” she is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Jacob Burns Film Center Woman Filmmaker Fellowship, Points North Institute North Star Fellowship and Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellowship. Her film, Edgecombe, was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution by PBS. Her most recent film, See You Next Time, was an official selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was released by the New Yorker. Her short narrative film, Rest Stop, was the winner of the 2020 Tribeca CHANEL Through Her Lens program grant. Crystal received a Heartland Emmy Award in 2012 for her film All That Remains, which profiles Boley, Oklahoma, one of the nation's last all-black towns. She is currently in pre-production on her first non-fiction feature film, which recently received the 2021 Creative Capital Award

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    John Fiege

    Panelist

    John Fiege is a filmmaker and photographer whose work explores our relationships with one another and the environment, probing key questions at the heart of our global ecological crisis, including how art, activism, community, and culture are vitally linked to our ecological predicament. His award-winning films have played at festivals, museums, universities, conferences, and community centers around the world, including SXSW, Hot Docs, MoMA, Big Sky, and Cannes, and received distribution on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Sundance Now, and other platforms. His films tell stories about the clash between people and industry in the American South—the poultry industry, the BP oil spill, the Keystone XL pipeline, and now, with his current projects, the environmental justice communities where those oil pipelines are headed. He holds graduate degrees in both geography and filmmaking and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo.

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    Zeshawn Ali

    Panelist

    Zeshawn Ali is a director originally from Ohio and a graduate of NYU Film. He was apart of the filmmaking team for the 30 Mosques in 30 Days series telling the stories of Muslim Americans during the month of Ramadan. His feature documentary film Two Gods, about a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, received funding and support from ITVS, Sundance Insitute, Tribeca Film Institue, Ford Foundation, IFP, and Points North Institute. The film had its world premiere at Hot Docs and has since been a selection at Full Frame, Camden, BlackStar, DOCNYC, Big Sky, Montclair and New Orleans Film Festival (where it was the recipient of the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature) and will be airing as part of the 2021 season of Independent Lens. He is currently based in New York.

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    Marguerite De Bourgoing

    Panelist

    A graduate of Oxford University and the Sorbonne Paris IV, Marguerite de Bourgoing's background is steeped in philosophy, art history and cinema. She worked previously for the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, Discovery Channel in London, and with photo-journalist Marc Riboud. While finishing her MA in Communication and film studies at USC, she founded LA Stereo TV a multimedia production company specialized in documenting the urban music scene in L.A. Her 2019 indie-produced documentary IT'S YOURS - a story of Hip Hop & the internet, is based on that experience. It was commissioned in 2020 by European public broadcaster Arte as a one-off special for their 2021 Hip Hop programming. She has consulted for the following media organizations helping them create and develop their social and video presence: Cashmere Agency, Tavis Smiley PBS, KCET, Dance Camera West. She also works as a Los Angeles based producer for documentary for French television.

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