My short “video music” (yes I flipped it!) "Butterfly Girl" has been selected to be apart of the Afrofuturism Festival 2018: Black Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror and Spiritual, under the Urban Media Makers Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. Oct. 13-14, 2018. For info and tix: umff.com
Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts/Fashion Design program, Department of Fine and Performing Arts/College of Arts and Sciences and the Entrepreneurship Academy at Bowie State University in association with RixStar Studios presents
Ruth E. Carter
In recognition of 35 years in Costume Design and her 30th Anniversary in Hollywood of bringing Black Culture and Couture to Cinema
Ruth will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bowie State President, Dr. Aminta H. Breaux followed by a discussion and film highlights of her illustrious career, moderated by Prof. Maggy François (VCDMA, Fashion Design) and Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger, Jennifer Jean-Pierre.
Thursday, September 27, 6:30p - 8:00p
Doors open at 6pm
Main Stage Theatre
Fine and Performing Arts Center
Bowie State University
Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD
FREE but ticket required:
ATTENTION: This event may get overbooked. Be advised to get there at least one hour ahead of time. No one will be admitted once attendance reaches the Fire Marshal Occupancy limit – even if you are have a ticket.
I am very excited to have come off a very successful run with projection I designed for a recent performance of Guerrilla Theater Works 3: A New Nation’ by Convergence Theatre and we were also HELEN HAYES RECOMMENDED.
About: A New Nation is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre’s Guerrilla Theatre Works model, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. A New Nation probes responses to the immigration crisis in the US and current perceptions of the stranger, amplifying diverse voices to challenge fear and strengthen our sense of home. The journey of an unaccompanied minor, a deportation notice and everyday life in a new land are glimpses of the narratives that move beyond the boundaries of the theatre itself.
Performances are framed by Converging Minds, our community engagement event focused transforming art into action. Some Converging Minds events feature local leaders who offer simple yet effective ways to be an advocate or just more inclusive citizen. Other performances feature an “Open Spaces” engagement providing the opportunity for audience members to connect to other community members to discover ways to become more engaged neighbors and foster dialogue with one another. Combined with the show, Converging Minds becomes the heart of your theatre-going experience.
Production photos for A New Nation by Ethan Malamud.
We also received some pretty good press:
DC Metro Theater Alliance
IT IS OUR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
Well my people. The GATEWAY OPEN STUDIO TOUR 2018 is back and in conjunction with Mount Rainier Day, Saturday May 18, 2018 12-5 PM. Please come through and see some of the dope artists, businesses and the best that Prince George's County has to offer in the arts, all in the beautiful and vibrant Gateway Arts District.
Yours truly Visual Jazz and others in the Gateway Media Arts Lab will open our doors to meet and greet visitors and share what we do here in the LAB. I look forward to meeting you to discuss future film productions and projection projects as well as learn from you how we can bring your ideas into motion. We are located again at 3311 Rhode Island Avenue Mount Rainier, MD 21212.
SEE YOU IN THE FUTURE! PEACE!
BLACK LOVE, COME AND GET SOME
I was blessed again to participate in the BLACK LOVE EXPERIENCE in DC. I was part of the panel BLACK TO THE FUTURE: INSIDE SHURI'S LAB PANEL
The Black Love Experience (BLE): Using an Afrofuturistic lens, this panel will look at literature, film, music, and graphic design that centers Black people and cultural themes. Panelists included yours truly Tewodross Melchishua Williams, Jennifer White-Johnson, DJ and music connoiseur Jamil Hamilton (DJ Jahsonic), paranormal fantasy writer L. Penelope and moderated by Risikat Okedeyi of Lil SoSo.
About BLE Originating from the masterminds behind Nubian Hueman, The Black Love Experience is a conglomerate of artistry and inventiveness geared towards creatives, revolutionaries, kindred souls, and fearless visionaries celebrating ourselves under the canopy of all things Black. This event connects the vibrant creative community of the Washington DC Metro Area and beyond, through expressions of music, art, wellness, and creative commerce, but most of all it's good vibes and togetherness. To contain it under the guise of a party, pop-up, concert, or gathering of any kind would be an understatement. A portion of our proceeds go towards organizations and schools in our local community.
WE ARE THE VIBRANIUM...
WE ARE THE VIBRANIUM
I am still in awe of the amazing talent, creativity, intelligent, beauty, integrity that I saw from these wonderful brothers and sisters @ Afrotectopia that took place at the dope ITP - NYU. This all took place March 10-11th in NYC.
Thank you to Ari Melenciano for putting together a wonderful event that I hope will be an annual experience and that certainly needs to grow.
We will do our best at Visual Jazz as well as working with all of the other artists, filmmakers and HBCUs to continue to push the intersection and integration of the film, arts, technology (STEAM) and media. Can’t wait for the next one and will of course sharing with our students, colleagues and other creatives here in the DMV area.
#afrotectopia #itp #afrotech #visualculture #nyu #blerds #blackpanther #wrinkleintime #wearethevibranium
#yallarethevibranium #wakanda #afrofuturism #VR #AR #AI #nyutisch #interactive #film #hiphop #animation #music #theatre #bowiestate #vcdma #visualjazz #dopeness #blackgenius #wearethefuture
Welcome to Wakanda - Celebrating the World of Black Panther in the Gateway Media Arts Lab Black Panther Screening and Afrofuturism Party! 2/17/18.
My people, y’all already know how this one is going down! Visual Jazz needs your support. This is also leading up to a forthcoming sci-fi featuring length film we are already developing and visual arts exhibition and book so stay tuned. I am personally extending a a Wakandan welcome to all of you.
Now, a few things that you should already know...
1. You know you're trying to go see Black Panther...
2. You know dem tix for the opening are already sold out. If you don't have tix already, forget about it!
3. You know we do have tix for Saturday screening...
4. You know you need to get away from those kids and enjoy yourself... (and the craziness of opening night and them youngins in the movie theatre)...
5. You know we are also planning a dope afrofuturism afterparty at the Gateway Media Arts Lab Enterprises...
6. You know you can dress up as your favorite superhero, comic superhero, sci-fi or afrofuturistic fantasy (or not, not mandatory and totally up to you...but we are!)
7. You know you we will have the dopest DJ, visual art, music, food, drinkity-drank and vibes...
8. You know that with the release of this film it will be a holiday weekend and this is indeed a movement...
In the words of the Notorious B.I.G. "and if you don't know, now you know...." - come hang with us! Tix are going fast and space is limited!!! Get your now and we so appreciate your support! Peace!
// UPDATE!! The event was a great success and we even have a write up in PG Suite Magazine, check it out! THE PARTY OF ONENESS BY RAOUL DENNIS.
THE FUTURE OF FILM 2017 CONFERENCE
13th Annual Gateway Open Studios Tour
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 12-5pm
After Party, 5-8pm, hosted by 39th Street Gallery & Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center
Our community, the Gateway Arts District, is home to hundreds of artists representing every artistic medium. On this self-guided tour, you are invited to visit over 100 participating studios, galleries, and other cultural venues for a behind-the-scenes experience of the workshops and creative places in our neighborhood.
Along the tour, from Mount Rainier to Hyattsville, you will discover live art demonstrations, music, performances, glassworks, sculptures, painting, and so much more! All ages are welcome, and since there is SO much to do, we recommend you look ahead and plan your tour route in advance.
Participating locations include:
Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio
Gateway Arts Center
Gateway Media Arts Lab
Green Owl Design
Joe's Movement Emporium
Mount Rainier Artist Lofts
Otis Street Arts Project
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Red Dirt Studio
Robinson Forged Metals
Washington Glass School
...and many more + individual artists!
Visit www.gatewayopenstudios.org for a full listing of participating artists, locations, and schedule.
The Black Love Experience is a conglomerate of artistry and inventiveness geared towards fearless visionaries and cultural nomads featuring performance and visual artists, independent creatives, entrepreneurs, and kindred souls under the canopy of all things Black. This movement connects the vibrant, creative community through music, poetry, live art, wellness, and commerce representing Black and Brown people from across the globe. All within a kinetic, high-vibe environment, to contain it under the guise of a party, pop-up, concert, or gathering of any kind would be an understatement. MORE: http://www.blackloveexperience.com
Come check me out as a panelist on "Creative Resistance: Tactics and Tools for the Everyday" 2/18/17 - 7 pm.
I am so honored and shout out to @KatsKornerCo @blacklovedc @AnacostiaArts @nubianhueman and my co-panelists Amina Carter, Eshe Armah, Adamaah Grayse and Edward Jones.
Creative Resistance: Tactics and Tools for the Everyday presentation by Teo Melchishua Williams
Okay, I must admit I am the worse when it comes to blogging. But, Visual Jazz has been busy and working hard on projection and multimedia design for clients including Helen Hayes nominated writer Psalmayene 24 and his production of "The Freshest Snow Whyte" at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD and also for SOLE Defined's new project "Big Easy" that had a great debut at the Dance Place in Washington, DC in 2017. It was indeed hard work but so worth it and a total pleasure to work with both of these great performances. For more on "Snow Whyte" which runs from Feb. 8-March 11. Get more info and tix:
Now I am back in the lab working on screenplays and projects of my own some great stuff cooking. Until next time, be easy baby and peace!
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