Being Me in the Current America Selected to Screen as The BronzeLens Festival in Atlanta

2021 BronzeLens Film Festival – The Virtual ExperienceConnecting the Culture, Creators and Content, will take place on over six days beginning Tuesday, August 17th, and concluding on Sunday, August 22nd.

The BronzeLens festival’s shorts category are designated as an Academy Award Qualifying Festival in the Shorts Category!

Anyone who attends the festival can vote for “Being Me In The Current America” to be considered in the Oscars’ short category.

That’s right! To register to see all these wonderful films (including ours!) from BIPOC filmmakers and writers: 

Both OFELIO, A Borderline Story and Being Me In The Current America were selected for the first-ever PNMC Festival in Portland!

Both OFELIO and BEING ME IN THE CURRENT AMERICA will be screened as part of the Pacific Northwest Multicultural Readers Series and Film Festival (PNMC).

The PNMC Festival is August 20-22 and is poduced by PassinArt: A Theatre Company, the longest-producing, award-winning African American theatre company in Oregon, whose mission is to entertain, educate, and inspire artists and audiences while addressing critical issues facing the community. 

More information can be found at their website or their Facebook 

And see both OFELIO, A Borderline Story and Being Me In The Current America in a double feature with SOUL’D in-person Sunday June 27th at 730pm in Portland with Vanport Mosaic’s SOUL’D!

An in-person double feature: SOUL’D: the economics of our Black body  by Vanport Mosaic

And two short films from The – Ism Project- Ofelio, A Borderline Story & Being Me In The Current America, produced by MediaRites

Sunday, June 27 at 7:30p (Doors at 7pm)

The Main Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian – 1624 NE Hancock St

Free/donations welcome

Total run-time for the evening is 90mins

Ofelio, A Borderline Story

Written by Andrew Siañez-De La O. Directed by Francisco Garcia. Performed by Phillip Ray Guevara. And Baby Isa.

Ofelio tells the story of a former border patrol guard who is now a father of a young baby. As he cares for his child, he is haunted by the faces of children who were detained at the border.

Being Me In The Current America

Written by Josie Seid. Performed by Shareen Jacobs. Music by David Ornette Cherry

A Black middle-class woman recounts experiences of racial profiling in Lake Oswego, Oregon during a time of Black Lives Matter Protests in 2020.

The Vanport Mosaic with The Project presents SOUL’D: the economics of our Black body, the Black Joy Edition , a new performance piece adapted for film, engaging questions of how our Black bodies have participated in the American Economic Dream. Conceived by Damaris Webb and devised by a cohort of local Black performers, designers and filmmakers.

SOUL’D sources first hand narratives, legislation, iconic tropes, current events and personal stories, we position ourselves to gaze through the macro-cosims of slavery to present day post-Obama backlash. What is Black wealth? What is Black joy? How has Black American growth manifest – despite disenfranchisement in passing on wealth through land ownership, knowledge of lineage, and financial freedom?

More info:

You can still catch our films by visiting our Facebook Live page or our Youtube Channel.  Each film is followed by a panel discussion with local community leaders.  

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Thank you to our funders

MediaRites’ The –Ism Project received COVID-relief support from the Regional Arts And Culture Council, the Oregon Cultural TrustThe Collins Foundation, the Oregon Community FoundationOregon Humanities and Oregon Arts Commission with additional funding by The Emily Georges Gottfried Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Isabella Chappell Award in support of Theatre from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild