Nickelodeon Theatre Celebrates Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color with “Daughters” Festival, Nov. 11-13
COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 21, 2016) – The Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina's only non-profit art house cinema, will host “Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color,” a festival celebrating and exploring the legacy of Daughters of the Dust, a 1991 film by Julie Dash. Daughters, which will take place at the Nickelodeon Theatre and other venues in Columbia Nov. 11-13, 2016, will feature works and appearances by a select group of contemporary female filmmakers of color.
This landmark festival is made possible by support from Nikky Finney and the African American Studies Program in the College of Art and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Daughtersis co-curated by the Nickelodeon’s managing director, Seth Gadsden, and Columbia filmmaker and artist, Roni Nicole Henderson. The festival will feature nine women of color in different stages of their filmmaking careers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust, which was the first feature-length film directed by an African-American woman to receive national theatrical distribution.
“Julie Dash, in offering this trans-generational narrative, amplifies the magic of memory and matriarchal lineage,” said Henderson. “In spite of the horrors of the Transatlantic slave trade, the memory and therefore, the magic, of Africa survived. That image of a beautiful little black girl, a blue ribbon and plaits bouncing, was the Peazant family’s future, but she was also my own.”
The Nick has invited nine emerging female filmmakers of color from around the United States to screen their work and participate in conversations about the field. Daughters will include feature films, shorts and documentaries, including three celebratory screenings of Daughters of the Dust, which is set in the early 1900s and offers a portrait of Gullah Geechee culture. Festival screenings will include introductions, talk-backs and panel discussions with the nine filmmakers.
“As movements like #OscarsSoWhite have made apparent, filmmakers of color continue to face significant barriers to participation and success in the film industry,” says Andy Smith, executive director of the Nickelodeon Theatre. “We are hosting this festival to both mark this anniversary but also draw attention to some of the most interesting women working in the field right now.”