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Thursday, June 18


AMC Film Screenings
Join us in the Community Arts Auditorium for a series of film screenings from members of the AMC network. At 6:30pm, head over to the Detroit Institute of Arts for a screening of dream hampton's film Treasure: From Tragedy to TransJustice, Mapping a Detroit Story.

Screening Schedule in Community Arts Auditorium:

10:00AM - 11:30AM: Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), "Living with Industry: Detroit, Michigan"

12:00PM - 1:30PM: Andrea Zarate, "Cine Resistencia"
Short stories of resistance from Austin, Texas. Showcased by Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts, a liberated space for independent thinking, community building, and creative & revolutionary vision.

  • We Will Always Be Here by Gilbert Rivera
  • In the Shadow of Downtown by David Elkins and Chris Case
  • Austin City Limits While Black by Austin While Black
  • Nubian Queen Lola by Austin While Black
  • Para Vivir by Juan A. Izaguirre
  • Son Jarocho by Nicole Licea
  • China Smith by Maribel Falcon and Andrea Zarate
  • Morgan Robyn Collado by Danea Johnson and Andrea Zarate
  • Susana Almanza: The Life of an Activist by Andrea Zarate
  • MEChA de Tejaztlan by Michelle Mejia

2:00PM - 3:30PM: Debraha Watson, "The Wisdom of African American Lesbian Elders"

4:00PM - 5:30PM: Niema Jordan, "Broken City Poets" 


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium


Sundance Film Forward: 'The Internet's Own Boy' Screening
This documentary follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Brian Knappenberger. The discussion will focus on the theme “Freedom of Information: The Power of Connectivity for Social Change.” 

Thursday June 18, 2015 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium
Friday, June 19


Making Film with Radicalized Detroit
Detroit School of Arts, part of the Detroit Public School system, was a major institution for black arts in Detroit. Due to its key location, the school was taken over by the University of Michigan and cuts to programs and termination of long-term faculty followed. The school community was left out of the decision-making process. The DSA community authored a documentary that chronicles the devastating results of the takeover. Learn about our collective filmmaking process and engage in discussion.


Kate Levy

Kate Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist. She received her Master in Fine Arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She has exhibited her lens-based work and screened films internationally.Levy uses extensive place-based research to... Read More →

Yolanda Peoples

Journey for Justice
Yolanda Peoples is a parent and public school activist, and contributor to a film about her child's school, Detroit School of Arts. She is also a member of Journey 4 Justice and Keep the Vote, No Takeover!

Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


Exclusive Sneak Peek: 'The Revival' screening
Through concert footage and candid conversations from the 2012 poetry tour, "Women and the Word: The Revivial Movie," watches the journey of five strangers who traveled 2,500 miles with nothing in common, except the word. The documentary features interviews with leading black feminist thinkers, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Farah Tanis, and Kim Katrin Crosby as well as literary luminaries Nikky Finney and Alexis de Veaux. This is a special sneak peek of the film.


Jade Foster

The Revival Movie
Jade Foster's The Revival poetry tour reached thousands of queer women during it's five year run. The writer and producer is releasing her first film, The Revival Movie in fall, 2015.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


GIRLilla Tactics Film Screening & Dialogue
Womyn warriors manifest as Bgirls, breaking patriarchal paradigms and creating new battle tactics, both on the floor and in the community. Bgirls El La Katrina and Macca will explore the way womyn in Hip Hop create community through their short film about traveling to build with Bgirls in Central America at the first Women in Hip Hop festival in Nicaragua. A dialogue will follow the screening. Participants will gain insights into how Bgirls create spaces for social movement and physical "dance" movement to intersect.

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Bgirl Macca is dedicated to representing women at the forefront of the culture on a high level through internationally recognized competition. At a young age Macca’s family relocated to Germany, where she began learning to breakdance in 2004 and had her first experiences with international... Read More →

Katrina Flores

GIRLilla Tactics
Bgirl El La Katrina is co-founder of Goddistas, an all female Breaking Crew and Hip Hop Collective. She is the co-director of Breakin’ The Law: International Festival of Urban Movement. For 11 years, she has been creating spaces for local and global community building through Hip... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room B


Positive Force: 'More Than A Witness' Film Screening
Can punk's rhetoric of radical change be turned into concrete action bridging diverse communities? "More Than A Witness," a feature length documentary on punk activist collective Positive Force DC, shows this can be done. Using archival footage and new interviews with participants like Kathleen Hanna, Ian MacKaye, and Penny Rimbaud, this film brings to life three decades of punk politics in action. Filmmaker Robin Bell and Positive Force co-founder Mark Andersen will lead a post-screening discussion on how this history can fuel movements today.


Mark Andersen

We Are Family Senior Outreach Network and Positive Force DC
Mark has done outreach, advocacy, and organizing in inner-city DC since the mid-1980s. He is the co-director of We Are Family, a co-founder of Positive Force DC, author of All The Power: Revolution Without illusion and co-author of Dance Of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's... Read More →

Robin Bell

Bell Visuals
Robin Bell, founder of Bell Visuals, is a DC-based award-winning editor, journalist, and multimedia artist. Combining his commitment to catalyzing change through video, and his vision as a live artist, Robin co-produced Operation Ceasefire, a massive anti-war concert on the National... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


'Changing Face of Harlem' Film Screening
The "Changing Face of Harlem" is a documentary that examines and challenges the "revitalization" of a community. Filmed between the years 2000-2010, Harlem residents and business owners share perspectives on the transformation of the historic Black community. This film explores topics of race, class, and the impact of changing demographics. See how this film can be used as a powerful tool to spark dialogue in Detroit. Learn how the film can be utilized to engage organizations and community members around themes of sustainability and gentrification.


Halima Cassells

artist, lifelong Detroiter, continual learner, Oakland Ave Artists Coalition
Outreach Coordinator, Center for Community-Based Enterprise; OAAC; ONE Mile; Incite Focus; North End Soup; Free Market of Detroit

Aaron Handelsman

Detroit People's Platform

Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Education Building: Room 300


Is this Real Life or is this Fantasy?
Youth producers at Global Action Project (G.A.P.) are creating sci-fi and fantasy films to: 1) explore their stories as LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth and youth of color 2) build collective visions of liberation, and 3) develop strategies for moving our communities towards those visions. Led by youth from G.A.P., this screening will showcase films, including their own, that speak to the ways that movements can use sci-fi filmmaking as a tool for understanding our worlds and engaging our political imagination.


Outreach and Distribution Youth Interns

Global Action Project
Global Action Project works with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change.

Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


Sundance Film Forward: 'We Are The Giant' Screening
This film follows six individuals on the front lines of the Arab Spring as they struggle to practice non-violence as an effective means to Revolution. Their compelling stories are publicized through social media allowing the entire world to witness their peaceful battle for change. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Greg Barker and a discussion on the theme “Freedom of Information: The Power of Connectivity for Social Change.”

Friday June 19, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146
Saturday, June 20


This Ain’t a Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering
America has a long history of forgetting, silencing and erasure. “This Ain’t A Eulogy” is a multimedia solo performance ritual by Taja Lindley to re-member, honor and value Black lives lost due to police violence. Moved by the non-indictments of police officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, this performance is protest and an assertion that Black Lives Matter. The presentation will include a live performance featuring video, text, movement and prop work, a community healing ritual and a discussion/talkback.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Community Arts Auditorium


Radical Storytelling: A Beginning without End
"Blackness is a nomadic aesthetic. You're constantly moving without a sense of security or space." - artist Kehinde Wiley. In this experiential multimedia workshop we will explore movement, memory, and space through radical storytelling. With a short film and an interactive puzzle, we will challenge notions of linear time and chronological in order to connect to an intuitive power intrinsic to the Black experience, and its potential for movement, improvisation, and creativity.


Ladin Awad

Ladin Awad is a Sudanese artist and filmmaker based in New York City. She is currently attending the New School, and is more recently exploring what it is to be Sudanese-American and exist in the hyphen. Ladin is currently working on a series of podcasts that explore East African... Read More →

Selam Bekele

Selam Films
Selam Bekele is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker from Ethiopia. She holds a B.A. in Film from UC Davis and creates work that breaks through memory, space, and linear time to encourage movement and healing. Selam's work has recently been featured at the Afrofuturist Affair... Read More →

Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


FaultLines: Invocation of Loss at the Intersections
This multidisciplinary performance explores three narratives of parental loss by death, addictions, migration, and by choices made. Using storytelling, poetry, embodiment, projected visuals, and a vocal and electronic soundscape, this work stitches distinct stories together with themes such as intergenerational trauma and survival; the commonality of inherited silence; the restorative recovery of story and identity; and the political implications of the work of "re-storying" the past.

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mia susan amir

Dramaturgy Research Associate, PTC / Artist in Residence, Fight With a Stick / Convener, Unsettling Dramaturgy
mia susan amir (she/her/hers) was born in Israel/Occupied Palestine. A queer, Crip+MAD Jew of mixed Ashkenazi and Sephardic ascent, she lives as an uninvited settler on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh... Read More →

lee williams boudakian

lee is a queer gender diverse mixie, interdisciplinary art-maker, writer, performer, community organizer & facilitator living in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. lee’s work explores intersectional identities, un(der)represented stories of survival & makes visible systemic... Read More →

Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium


Book Release and Signing Event for Octavia’s Brood
Join Octavia's Brood to celebrate the five year journey that culminated in this year's publishing of the anthology of original science fiction from social justice movements, which is already in its second printing! We'll have a delicious local meal, readings and music!

Hosts include adrienne maree brown, Walidah Imarisha, Autumn Brown, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Morrigan Phillips, Tunde Olaniran and Dani McClain 

Catered by Ora Wise. Dinner is $15.00. 

Buy tickets here: https://store.alliedmedia.org/octavia-s-brood-book-release-and-signing-event 


adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit., How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
adrienne is a writer, facilitator, healer and pleasure activist living in Detroit. she is Co-editor of Octavia's Brood and author of the forthcoming Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (AK Press).

Walidah Imarisha

Octavia's Brood
A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, organizer and spoken word artist. She is a co-editor of the upcoming Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements.

Saturday June 20, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cass Corridor Commons: McAllister
  • Hashtag #OctaviasBrood #AMC2015
Sunday, June 21


'Treasure' Film Screening and Healing Circle
This two-part session will feature a screening of the film "Treasure; From Tragedy to Trans Justice: Mapping a Detroit Story," followed by a healing circle, supporting and uplifting trans*/gender nonconforming Detroiters. During this session we will skillshare around coping with traumatic loss from murder and violence, keeping a specific focus on trans*/gender nonconforming POC. We will share practices of different rituals and healing processes. We will envision ways to break isolation and convene locally on a consistent basis.


dream hampton

Dream Hampton, is a filmmaker and writer from Detroit.

Emani Love

Ruth Ellis Center
Emani is a Detroit based Activist and community organizer.

ill Weaver

Complex Movements/Emergence Media
ill weaver/invincible lives in Detroit. They are a member of Complex Movements and Emergence Media.

Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


Be Revolutionary: Uprising of the Powerful Female MC
Where are the conscious, empowering female MCs? We’re right here! We will showcase what the socially conscious and self-empowered female hip-hop artist looks like in the post-information age through a dynamic live music and visual media performance. We will highlight the wide range of intelligent feminine voices that exist in hip-hop – voices that are often made to look non-existent or limited. Participants will walk away inspired to embrace and harness their own power and voice to impact their community and the world in a positive way.


Jaci Caprice

The Soul Studieux, The Foundation Women in Hip-Hop
Producer, Singer, Media Personality, and official US Cultural Diplomat to Zimbabwe.

Nique Love Rhodes

NLR Dreams, Inc, The Foundation Women in Hip-Hop
Nique Love Rhodes is an MC, youth advocate, and entrepreneur who inspires people to be great and change the world. Nique independently released her album Against All Odds, and recently had her song “Rise Up” licensed for use on the NFL Network.

Insite the Riot

New Heights / The Foundation Women in Hip-Hop
Insite The Riot is an artist, author, speaker, change agent and the founder of New Heights, an edutainment company that promotes perseverance, expanding self-awareness and overcoming limited thinking.

D.S. Sense

On My Detroit Everything / The Foundation Women in Hip-Hop
Super talented and gifted MC who is blessed to have evidence that the principles of Hip-Hop when applied to your life in their purest forms, prove beneficial to the individual and community that practices them.

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 219


The eMErge Sessions: Digital Narratives of Transition
In a world where femmes are often in danger, we continue to thrive and survive, using social media as a tool of resistance. In this session, we will explore how social media enables femmes to exist and challenge the binary through the marriage of poetry, music and movement. We will draw connections with the past and present and show how femme identity is tantamount to creation and expression. Participants will walk away with an expanded understanding about the need of femme-centered movements and how they benefit all.


Khrystenne Jackson

DOPE Collective/GLYS/eMErge Buffalo
Khrystenne Jackson, aka CHRYSALISAMIDST is a Buffalo,NY based Artist and LGBTQ* Youth Mentor. Khrys aims to center black and brown queer people who live on the fringes of various industrial complexes.

Anja Wright

Nothnagle Realtors
An entrepreneur and amateur tech aficionado, Anja aims to diversify TWOC and femmes in fields of business. A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Anja has spent her time between Oregon and New York organizing in causes such as lgbtq political engagement and Transgender Support... Read More →

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


Youth Produced Films Disrupting Dominant Narratives
We will screen our latest film conceived, written, directed and produced by high school youth. Critical of dominant constructions of beauty, these youth chose to capture the stories of young people striving to embrace their beauty in a white supremist culture. After the screening, the youth producers will offer brief presentations on the connection of using film production for critical pedagogy, counter-storytelling, and community organizing. We also engage the audience in dialogue circles.


Yasmeen Al-Adam

N-CITE Community Media
Yasmeen is a junior at University Park Campus School in Worcester

Eric DeMeulenaere

N-CITE Community Media
Eric co-counded with Angelique Webster, N-CITE Community Media to engage youth to become critical media consumers and media producers. Eric has been engaging youth in counter-storytelling in Worcester, Oakland and San Francisco for over twenty years.

Italo Fini

N-CITE Community Media
Italo Fini is a sophomore at Worcester Technical High School.He enjoys baseball, waitressing, and working with technology. Italo hopes to become a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA). He is passionate about rights for undocumented immigrants and immigration reform.

Jadamaseni Mpawenimana

N-CITE Community Media

Abena Oworae

N-CITE Community Media
Abena is a senior at Abby Kelly High School in Worcester, MA.

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 128


Altered Mind, Altered Destiny: Sounds You Need to Hear
What defines sonic necessity? Luke Stewart and Thomas Stanley are D.C.-based performers and broadcasters who have built institutions that promote an audio culture that transcends the merely musical, while avoiding pitfalls of spectacle, trend, or institutional cool. This workshop will include an artist talk followed by improvised performance. Participants will gain a practical and experiential understanding of the role of non-idiomatic sonic activism in bringing harmony to transitioning contested social space and modeling ontic horizons.


Thomas Stanley

Transparent Productions, MOM², WPFW-FM, Bushmeat SoundSystem
Thomas Stanley wrote the Execution of Sun Ra and is a founding member of a volunteer collective that has hosted hundreds of live avant jazz concerts since 1997. He generates electronic mood music as an antidote for late capitalist precarity and also hosts a weekly, eclectic jazz... Read More →

Luke Stewart

CapitalBop, MOM², WPFW-FM, Trio OOO, Laughing Man
Luke Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in improvised sonic structures. As founding editor of CapitalBop.com, he has helped to establish several DC loft venues for intimate concerts featuring world-class improvisers and community artists. He hosts a weekly, eclectic jazz... Read More →

Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146


Black Radical Imagination
The Black Radical Imagination is a touring film series programmed by Amir George and Erin Christovale. The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that historically marginalize people of color on screen. Through the context of film, we will invoke the aesthetics of afrofuturism, afrosurrealism, and the magnificent, allowing each artist to reclaim their own unique story.


Erin Christovale

Black Radical Imagination
Erin Christovale curator based in Los Angeles. She graduated from the USC Cinematic School of the Arts in 2010 with a B.A. in Critical Studies and is a part of the artist collective, Native Thinghood, which focuses on the promotion of upcoming artists of color.

Amir George

Black Radical Imagination
Amir George is a motion picture artist and film curator from Chicago. Amir’s work delves into installation, cinema, and performance. Amir is founder of The Cinema Culture, a grassroots film programming organization, Amir currently teaches and produces media with youth throughout... Read More →

Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium


Word to Your Motherland: Remixed Indigenous Narratives
The spirit of our indigenous ancestors can be channeled through global intergenerational digital communication. We will explore film and music that highlights remixed indigenous cultures in New Delhi and Bombay India. Come see an interactive performance by SETI X, featuring video of remixed indigenous cultures in India, integrated with a live musical performance. Gain an understanding of how remixed indigenous culture addresses modern day problems through creative expressions.


Mandeep Sethi

Sol Collective, Kalakari, Universal Zulu Nation
Mandeep Sethi is a global shapeshifter utilizing film and music as mediums to create change. Sethi is currently touring his latest documentary, "FOLK LOK", examining Punjabi folk music traditions and their parallels with Punjabi Hip-Hop.

Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room J