Meet Our Guest Speakers for “American Denial” (February 22)

Bolden-Mark-EDU-MediumDr. Mark Bolden, assistant professor of counseling at Trinity College will be the guest speaker for the Q&A following the Community Cinema [DC] presentation of AMERICAN DENIAL (Sunday, February 22, 5 pm) at Busboys and Poets. Dr. Bolden was honored in August by the Association of Black Psychologists with the Bobby E. Wright award for exemplary commitment to community service.

Dr. Bolden teaches counseling and education courses at Trinity including a Multicultural Counseling that explores practical and theoretical issues of counseling individuals, couples, groups, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University; M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from Seton Hall University. More information available at this link.

Dr. Bolden uses the Implicit Bias test (mentioned in AMERICAN DENIAL) in his classes. We encourage you to try the test for yourself and share your results at the Community Cinema screening. It will make for a very interesting conversation starter.

More information about Project Implicit

Joining Dr. Bolden is Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D., journalist, historian, and “popular culture geek.” Burroughs received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and is a lifelong student of the history of Black media. He is the author of “Son-Shine On Cracked Sidewalks,” his audiobook on the 2014 Newark, N.J. mayoral election, co-author with Herb Boyd of the book “Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today,” and one of four primary authors of the book “Civil Rights Chronicle ,” both published by Legacy Publishing/Publications International. He is the o-editor with Jared Ball of the book “A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X,” published by Black Classic Press, and a contributor to several other books, including “Race And Resistance: African-Americans in the Twenty-First Century” (South End Press), “Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching” (Teaching for Change and PRRAC), “The Fifties Chronicle” (Legacy/Publishing/Publications International), and the “Ethnic Media In America” scholarly anthology series (Kendall/Hunt). More informaiton available on his blog Drums in the Global Village.”


Media That Matters Hosts Important Public Media Forum (Feb. 19)


Has a community screening of “Independent Lens” or “POV” film changed the way you look at the world?

Has a particular film captured your voice and your struggles?

If so, we need your help!

Please attend the D.C Media That Matters event on Thursday, February 19 (details below)

This is a FREE Event – RSVP Eventbrite


Public TV and Independent, Point of View Documentary

Thursday, February 19
6:30 – 8:00pm
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater
2nd Floor, McKinley Building
American University Campus

Does public TV need independent and underrepresented voices? Do independent and underrepresented voices need public TV? When WNET contemplated moving Independent Lens and POV off the prime-time schedule in December, it triggered a nation-wide protest. WNET and PBS restored the series to the schedule until May, and promised to hold a listening tour. At this public hearing, viewers, organization heads, and filmmakers talk with public TV executives. Join them!


Moderator: Melissa Houghton, WIFV*
Tamara Gould, ITVS
Eliza Licht, POV
Ivana Jackson, WHUT*
Marie Nelson, PBS
Bernardo Ruiz, Quiet Pictures (“Los Graduados/The Graduates”)
Rick Schneider, WETA
Stephen Segaller, WNET
Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets*
Joseph Tovares, CPB
Larry Unger, MPT

Read Variety article for more information and background for these public forms in several cities.

See highlights from the forum in San Francisco:

If you’re willing to make a short personal testimonial in front of the panel, contact indiecaucus[at]gmail[dot]com.

*Community Cinema [DC] partner

Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris – “Through a Lens Darkly” online screening (Feb. 18)

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Harris at 2015 NAACP Image Awards

Harris at 2015 NAACP Image Awards

Wednesday, February 18 at 3p ET, join the online screening of the NAACP Image Award winner ‪THROUGH A LENS DARKLY and chat live with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, photo scholar Deborah Willis and other guests. Inspired by Willis’ groundbreaking book, Reflections in Black, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity of African Americans from slavery to the present.

Harris and his film team will share highlights from the Digital Diaspora Family Road Show, a touring Roadshow that travels across the African Diaspora to uncover the hidden treasures in family photographic archives. Share your family photos using your OVEE profile avatar or on Twitter using the hashtag #1World1Family for this exciting conversation on telling stories through photographs.

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY will have its television premiere Monday, February 16 on the PBS series “Independent Lens” (check local listings).

Join the OVEE online screening and chat Wednesday, February 18 – LINK:

ThomasAllenHarrisTHOMAS ALLEN HARRIS – Director, Writer, Producer, “Through a Lens Darkly,” winner of 2015 NAACP Image Award for best documentary. His critically acclaimed documentary, “É Minha Cara/That’s My Face” (2001), premiered at the Toronto, Sundance, and Tribeca Film Festivals and won seven international awards, including the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury of Christian Churches at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival. A recipient of the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, CPB/PBS Producers and Sundance Directors Fellowships, Thomas is also the filmmaker for “Tears From Lagos,” and ” Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela.” Thomas is is the founder and president of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audiovisual experiences that illuminate the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. A graduate of Harvard College, Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change.

deb-willisDEBORAH WILLIS – Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Professor Willis and has an affiliated appointment as University Professor with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies also at NYU. Professor Willis has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher, and MacArthur fellowships, the Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center for Photography, and recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award. Named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photography magazine she is one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curators of African American culture.