All self-identified black femmes and those who love them are invited to attend a special film screening from 5 to 8 pm on Sunday, January 20th at the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore). “Taste Test” will be an evening of short films created by and for black femmes. The evening is a precursor, an appetizer if you will, to the main event: the opening of submissions to the second annual Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest in 2019. They imagine the black femme as a global protagonist, and universal archetype.

“The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest is for black femme filmmakers who are routinely ignored or systemically shut out by larger film festivals,” said festival organizer Nia Hampton.  “It started out as a way for me to share the space I held at Waller Gallery during my first solo show, ‘Drapetomania: The Strong Urge to Escape’ and grew into something that allows black femme identifying people to truly see themselves as filmmakers, despite how hard that career path actually is.”

Hampton’s experiences with other film festivals left her feeling that there wasn’t a place for voices like hers. “I spent most of my early 20s traveling throughout South America and connecting with really determined Afro-Latino feminists and artists who weren’t waiting to be given permission to make their films or screen them. When I’d come home, I’d spend weekends volunteering at varying film festivals and seeing how each one had its own culture. Non-black film festivals were just unbearably white, black film festivals weren’t queer enough, and gay film festivals seemed to have a blind spot when it came to lesbian- and bisexual-focused films. The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest is an answer to all of those problems.”

Tickets purchased in advance are $7 for Creative Alliance members, $10 for non-members. Tickets are available at Bit.ly/2s0BXFL. Tickets are an additional $3 if purchased at the door.

Two of the featured films are Metamorphosis (2018), by director Natalie J. Harris, in which a “queer and inexperienced girl seeks guidance after a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’”; and Fists Up! Fight Back! (2015), by director Jihan HafIz (2015), with the tagline, “Nothing in this world can prepare you to bury a child.”

The festival is still looking for vendors and sponsors. Send vendor and sponsorship inquiries to bfsfilmfest@gmail.com.  Follow the festival on Instagram @bfsfilmfest and like them on Facebook at @blackfemmesupremacyfilmfest.

For more info about the January 20th event, visit their Bit.ly/2R0D6f7.

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