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BLACK MARKET: Black Women in cinema today

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BLACK WOMEN IN CINEMA TODAY

1h 30 hour discussion on the challenges facing Black Women in the independent film industry. Through a historical chronology, this conference will highlight the evolution of the black woman within the cinema’s independent practices. Have things progresses? If yes, in which ways and how do we see the future? Featuring several women from the Quebec scene, this panel is the opportunity to discuss a topic at the heart of concerns.

PANELISTS:

Nantali Indongo - Journalist CBC-Moderator 

PHYLIS GOODEN - Actress

Phyllis is a talented film, television and theatre actor. She began her career on stage, playing lead roles with companies such as Montreal's Centaur Theatre and Black Theatre workshop. She later went on to work in film and television in both English and French. Recent credits include an episodic lead in the American television series "Broken Trust" along with "The Bold Type", "M'entends-tu?", "District 31" and "Unité 9". In addition to acting, Phyllis is also an accomplished singer/songwriter whose recordings can be heard on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. She's also involved in advocacy with ACTRA National and ACTRA Montreal.

Dr. CHARMAINE NELSON -  Professor of Art History at McGill University

Charmaine A. Nelson is a Professor of Art History at McGill University. She has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. Nelson has published seven books including Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (2016), and Towards an African Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, and Resistance (2018). Her media work includes CBC, BBC One, PBS, Huffington Post Canada, and The Walrus. Most recently, she was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2017-2018).

CARMINE PIERRE - DUFOUR - Writer, Editor, Filmmaker

Carmine Pierre-Dufour is currently working as a story editor on CTV’s new medical series, Transplant. She wrote and co-directed the short film Mahalia Melts in the Rain, which was nominated for Best Live Action Short Drama at the Canadian Screen Awards. With over 25 selections, the film continues its journey through the festival circuit. Carmine has also received funding to develop her first feature film titled Montreal, you’re beautiful tonight.

SCHELBY JEAN BABPTISTE - Actress

Schelby Jean-Baptiste distinguished herself in the 7th art by obtaining a first major role on Quebec television in 2014. She embodies the role of Sivélia in Trauma, a series broadcasted on Radio-Canada. She also played a lead role in the 2015 Quebec film Scratch, a film by Sébastien Godron for which she won a nomination at the Gala du cinéma québécois in 2016 in the category of best supporting actress. In 2018-2019, the public will have the chance to see the actress play two important roles on television one in Unite 9 directed by Jean-Philippe Duval and in l’Heure Bleue by Stephan Beaudoin. She will portray the role of Rose in the next feature film by Ky Nam Le Duc; a film that should see the light of day at the end of 2019. Many have had the opportunity to see her perform, in August 2018 as part of the Festival ZH at L’ Espace Libre in a collage of the tragedy Antigone. She recently graduated in theater at Concordia University, and moves forward with a head full of projects, as well as the mantra "Nothing is impossible for anyone who believes". The young actress is also making her way into the world of production by occupying several different positions on various projects broadcasted on MAtv. A former graduate in Communications and Cinema at Dawson College, she is currently working as a Communications Officer at M3; Montreal Men's Fashion and is currently developing some projects as a content creator. She is ready to overcome the toughest obstacles to realize her wildest dreams!

 

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