“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
— Audre Lorde, author/activist
Dear Reel Sisters & Brothers,
Reel Sisters made history in 2018 by becoming the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival for short narratives devoted to supporting women of color in the film industry! Reel Sisters has been sharing the best films produced, directed and written by women of color for 21 years! We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise money for producing a world class film festival and expanding paid distribution opportunities for women in the film industry. Please take a moment to back our GoFundMe campaign — no contribution is too small. Invest in us, invest in Black Girl Magic and our Genius!
DONATE NOW: Reel Sisters Rules #BlackGirlMagic
Founded in 1997, Reel Sisters has been a leader in providing opportunities for women of color to authentically reflect our lives and families on the big screen. Each year, Reel Sisters screens 25-40 films that reflect issues important to women and global communities. The festival is sponsored by African Voices, a storytelling organization that publishes a literary magazine. This year’s festival will be held on Oct. 20-21, 2018 (Save the date)! For information on Reel Sisters visit www.reelsisters.org.
We have limited editions of a Reel Sisters Rules Poster that is a tribute to Black women directors featuring pioneering filmmakers Julie Dash, Ava Duvernay, Issa Rae and Neema Barnette. The posters are one of several thank you gifts available for your investment.
Please congratulate our artist Aziza for designing a visionary front cover that reflects and honors the times we live in!
Bio on Front Cover Artist & Designer of African Voices Tribute to Black Women Directors
Aziza, the Assistant Art Director for African Voices, is a visual artist, fine art printmaker, and illustrator. Her career as a freelance illustrator began early as an art student at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. After graduating, Aziza attended Pratt Institute where she came across African Voices on a walk to school and since her freshman year has been a contributing illustrator. Aziza is a member of Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and the Lower East Side Printshop, where she was a past recipient of the Keyholder Residency.