January 29, 2021

Beyond Resilience: Creating & Commissioning Art in Times of Crisis

On Friday, January 29 at 3pm ET, Firelight Media presented a special edition of the Beyond Resilience Series at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, “Creating & Commissioning Art In Times of Crisis.”

Throughout the past year, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists have been commissioned by institutions to perform cultural work from their position at the epicenter of interlocking systems of oppression – racial and economic inequality, police violence, and a global pandemic that disproportionately impacts communities of color.

How can BIPOC-led organizations challenge this paradigm while continuing to provide opportunities for artists of color in times of crisis? How can BIPOC artists best be supported in making socially-relevant work, even as they and their communities experience precarity? This conversation looked to past and present BIPOC artists, filmmakers, and institution builders who make bold and visionary work within and without the establishment.

The panel discussion was moderated by Marcia Smith, president of Firelight Media, and included Maori Karmael Holmes, founder of BlackStar Film Festival; F. Javier Torres-Campos, director of the Thriving Cultures program at Surdna; Frank B. Wilderson III, writer and Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of African American Studies at UC Irvine; and Coco Fusco, interdisciplinary artist and professor at Cooper Union.

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April 28, 2022

Beyond Resilience: Co-Creating with Justice-Involved Communities

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March 4, 2022

Beyond Resilience: Muslim Filmmakers Roundtable

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January 28, 2022

Beyond Resilience: Collaborating with Documentary Protagonists

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December 10, 2021

Beyond Resilience Virtual Screening + Q&A: 'Lynching Postcards'

Firelight Media hosted a virtual screening of Christine Turner’s documentary short film "Lynching Postcards: 'Token of a Great Day.'"

November 11, 2021

Beyond Resilience x NOFF: Wellness and Sustainability for Artists at the End of the World

Join Firelight Media and New Orleans Film Festival for a special Beyond Resilience panel on wellness and sustainability for filmmakers.

November 8, 2021

Spark Fund – Technical Workshop for Applicants

Planning to apply for Firelight Media's Spark Fund? Join us for this technical workshop to get detailed instructions about how to apply.

September 16, 2021

Beyond Resilience: This Body

Firelight Media and WORLD Channel present a free virtual screening of the new short film 'This Body,' directed by Zac Manuel as part of the Hindsight series.

August 26, 2021

Beyond Resilience: Death Is Our Business

A livestream Q&A with 'Death Is Our Business' filmmaker Jacqueline Olive and special guests on the one-year anniversary of its filming in New Orleans.


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