Derica Shields
writer & researcher

The Future Weird (2013-2015)

In 2013, I founded The Future Weird with Megan Eardley, a screening and discussion series dedicated to speculative, sci-fi, experimental and weird film by Black filmmakers. We foregrounded films that imagine the future, lay waste to the present, and that disturb science fiction clichés. Each screening was organised thematically, and drew on a range of materials — including but not limited to commercials, music videos, newsreels and colonial archives — to frame the shorts and features. We invited physical and digital communities into a cinematic laboratory to think collectively about queer space and the black fantastic.

Visions of Excess, Spectacle Theater, NY
Black Atlantis, Spectacle Theater, NY
Remote Control, Spectacle Theater, NY
Non-Resident Aliens, Spectacle Theater, NY
Remote Control (w/ Zina Saro Wiwa), Museum of Art and Design, NY
In Search of a Black Atlantis, Afrofuturist Affair, Philadelphia
Les Saignantes dir. Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Museum of Morbid Anatomy, NY
Video Farm, Trans-Farm/Apexart, Detroit 

Selected Press
The Future Weird: An Interview With Derica Shields” by Fanta Sylla for Black Girls Talking