Radical Imaginings

Film Festival

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Gumbo Lab presents our first annual ten-minute film festival - Radical Imaginings.

What does it mean to radically imagine? What does that look like today?

We invited submissions from filmmakers ages 12 to adult, novice and professional, to share their stories. The stories range from Black Joy, historical satire, community activism and everything in between. And we are excited to share them with YOU. Info about some of the films can be found below.

Support BIPOC, AAPI, and Latinx filmmakers and media content creators today!

In person Screening: August 12, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET @ 302 South Hicks Street, Philadelphia 19102

Virtual Screening: August 15, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET

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filmmaker spotlight corner

Black Love by Mecca Patterson-Guridy (Philadelphia)

A short film about Black love and why it is so special and crucial for my community. Growing up black, children don’t really see a lot of images of ourselves depicted in a positive light when it comes to news outlets. We’re always seeing movies and television programs about the black struggle but we never see the happiness or joy that is bestowed upon a black child. Having these realizations I decided to do a project with my friends asking people around my school building what being black means to them and how we can change the narrative.

The Birth of Miss Indigenous Poppins by George “Rare” Herrera and Vida Landron (New York City)

This is a documentary that has been a journey of its own. Mirroring what the world has looked like for the past 2 year due to COVID. This documentary too has gone through lifetimes and homelessness and sadness. But the soul has always remained that even through a global pandemic , even through all the obstacles that life provides. Lessons for the next generation will always need to carry on.

Keep it Movin’ by Chanel Hurt (Richmond, VA)

“Keep it movin’” is a dedication to my father who suddenly passed away last year. It was a phrase he lived by and encouraged others to do the same. This short film is a representation of how I began to process his death, so that I could live in his spirit, and keep it movin’.

Testimony: 52nd St. and the Invisible Violence of UPenn by Amelia Carter (Philadelphia)

On May 31, 2020, residents of 52nd Street, in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Cobbs Creek, were attacked by the Philadelphia Police Department in response to unrest over the murder of George Floyd. Private university police forces from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Drexel University and other organizations also participated in the crackdown. “Testimony: 52nd St. and the Invisible Violence of UPenn” is a short stop-motion animation film based on the experience of 52nd St. resident and UPenn employee, Amelia Carter. Through her testimony, Amelia explores what led to UPenn’s participation in the attack and attempts to disrupt the normalization of everyday acts of institutional violence perpetrated by the university. Through her own self-reflection, Amelia invites the audience to question the societal conditioning that leads to complicity in the face of this violence and imagines a world where community care is prioritized over policing.

Mad Beatz: A Philly Drumline story by POPPYN (Philadelphia)

This documentary highlights Mad Beatz Philly, a local drumline that uses music to inspire those in their community.

Oh Colonizers (Chicago)

Produced by collaboraction for social change

Written by Carla Stillwell and Directed by Anthony Moseley

A pointed and satirical web series pilot on the history and connection between post Civil War America and the Capital Insurrection.