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Black Beyond America, Directed by Portia Bartley
Black Beyond America is a series of short documentaries that speak to various people from among the African diaspora. They speak on their experience being a black person from their respected countries. In one of the first episodes, “Afro Latinos”, a handful of Afro Latino people discuss the implications not only of external prejudices, but the issues of colorism within the community. The episode reveals just how deep the intersection between black and latino is, with over 90% of enslaved Africans during the transatlantic slave trade having been imported into the Caribbean and South America.
An Act of Terror Written by Ashley Brim Riddle & Rachel Rush
The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.
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An Act of Terror – Updates on the film’s progress
Ashley Brim Riddle, Director and Co-writer
Ashley Brim Riddle is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. She currently serves as Assistant Producer on the Showtime series HOMELAND. This January she returned to the set of Homeland to shadow Director/Executive Producer Lesli Linka Glatter for the Season 6 finale. Recently, Ashley was chosen for the 2017 Ryan Murphy Television Directing Mentorship Program.
Rachel Rush, Co-writer
Rachel Rush is a freelance writer and filmmaker. Rachel attended the University of Miami’s School of Communication where she produced her first short film, FAMILIA, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a focus in Motion Pictures. Rachel lives in Los Angeles where she works as a Writers’ Assistant for Ryan Murphy Television.
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The HomoFiles presents, Baby You Are My Religion, a documentary project based on the book and ethnographic work by Dr. Marie Cartier that features the stories of gay women from the 1940s through the 1970s. Dr Cartier’s deep dive into pre-Stonewall lesbian bar culture shows the gay bar was not merely a place to drink or hang out, the bar was sacred space.
In this 4 minute video, “Freedom – Myrna’s Story” Dr. Cartier tells the story of Myrna, 1950’s housewife… and insomniac.
Kimberly Esslinger is the Producer and Director for The HomoFiles documentary project. She is researching and interviewing informants, as well as writing the voice over script. She also produced all 11 episodes of The HomoFiles with Dr. Marie Cartier. Kimberly is an independent filmmaker, digital media artist, and producer. Besides film and video, Kimberly is a visual artist, her mixed media installations have shown in curated gallery shows and she has also written for the theater.
The Homofiles project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.