Friday, October 5, NOON
@ Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia
FREE & open to the public
Space is limited, please RSVP at: http://nekisacooperatscribe.eventbrite.com
Writer-director Dee Rees’ Pariah (USA, 2011, 90 min) made history as the most widely seen feature film by and about African American lesbians. The film features Adepero Oduye as Alike, a 17-year-old Brooklyn high-school student who is quietly but firmly embracing her identity.
The film’s producer Nekisa Cooper talks about the journey with Pariah from the 2007 short of the same name to the film’s release through Focus Features earlier this year. Supported by the Sundance Institute and executive produced by Spike Lee, Pariah received the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance, the Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and the GLAAD Outstanding Film Award (Limited Release).
Discussion moderated by Maori Holmes, BlackStar
Nekisa Cooper (right) is a 2008 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. She also represented the IFP at the 2009 Cinemart/Rotterdam Producing Lab. For Dee Rees, she has produced the multi-award-winning short film Pariah; the documentary feature Eventual Salvation; the short films Orange Bow (as co-producer) and Colonial Gods; and now the full-length feature Pariah. Ms. Cooper is currently in post-production on the feature documentary La muñeca fea, about a group of elderly sex workers in Mexico City. Before she became a producer, Ms. Cooper had a successful career working in brand management and held assistant coaching positions for women’s basketball. She earned a BA in government with a minor in Japanese studies from The College of William & Mary and an MBA in marketing from Clark Atlanta University.
Moderator Maori Karmael Holmes is a filmmaker, writer, curator and producer. She was named a Creative Ambassador by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and writes about film for Philly360.com. Maori is the associate director at the Leeway Foundation and serves as founding artistic director of the BlackStar Film Festival.