Derica Shields
writer & researcher


Film course co-taught with Fanta Sylla

Cinema in Black explores representations of Blackness on screen and in text through films and related writing. The class creates an unconventional Black film canon through the appreciation of Black auteurs, including a focus on independent video artists,  filmmakers, and alternative forms such as short online videos and music videos. Via the reading of critical texts, discussions with guests, and screenings students are asked to think about their own vision of cinema, their style and singular authorship. Students can experiment with tools they use in their everyday lives (smartphones, Instagram and Snapchat Stories) and write an augmented script. We hope to create a space in which to subvert hegemonic images and ways of thinking about Blackness, cinema and art and give birth to new images and new worlds. —Text by Fanta

First edition:
Pioneer Works, NY 
March 4 - April 28, 2017