A primer to
the conversation on black sexuality. "Lets
talk TOO" will be a much more intimate
screening of documentaries that garnish
- FILM SHOWCASE
Andre LaValle - "Creating
the Phantasy: The Art of LaVelle"
Mya Baker - "Silence:
In Search of Black Female Sexuality in
& FILMS -
LaValle - Director/Photographer
With over 15 years experience
as a comedian, illustrator, writer, graphic
artist, and photographer, Chicago native
Andre LaVelle has come a long way toward
creative expression. While in high school,
the self-taught photographer began his
career as an illustrator with Imua
Design, a Chicago adveristing company.
After studying such photography masters
as Gordon Parks, Herb Ritts, and Albert
Watson, Andre LaVelle has developed a
unique and personal style all his own.
His photographic artistry acknowledges
the untapped riches of ethnic sensuality
and beauty. Andre LaVelle continues to
evolve as an artisan by incorporating
his appreciation for the human form and
his ability to capture artistic expression
with his camera lens. The opportunities
to create films represent another opportunity
for LaVelle to share his craftsmanship
with the art community.
"Creating the Phantasy: The
Art of LaVelle"
Creating the Phantasy is a natural
and candid view into a series of photo-shoots
that depict the beauty and intimacy of
black love and sensuality. Narratives
and commentary by photographer and filmmaker,
Andre LaVelle and the men and women who
bare their bodies and share their responses
to this highly evocative process. This
unique documentary stirs the imagination,
stimulates, and arouses the senses. It
is a catalyst for our own analysis of
our views on sex and sexuality, relationships,
romance, and black eroticism.
Baker - Director/Writer
Baker is a young filmmaker born and raised
in Chi-town. She currently resides in
Brooklyn, NY where she came to be around
people of like mind in the independent
film industry. Graduating from Columbia
College of Chicago in 1995 with a concentration
in film studies gave her the writing and
production skills needed to pursue her
passion as an independent filmmaker.
From working as a PA on
several independent films and interning,
she decided to venture into her own project.
After two years of groundbreaking interviews
and obtaining historical information,
she has just finished her documentary
entitled, ‘Silence: In Search of
Black Female Sexuality in America.’
This documentary has already received
a Telly Award for 2004 and has been making
noise at various film festivals.
Her first documentary
short, ‘Warrior Queens’ was
shown in 1994 at the Dusable Museum of
African American History in Chicago. Mya
B. also writes poetry and is well rounded
with her knowledge of music. She hopes
to incorporate this knowledge of music
into her future productions by working
with hip-hop producers on film scores
for her next projects.
"Silence: In Search of Black Female
Sexuality in America"
Silence: In search
of… explores the reasons for sexual
silence in the black community with historical
facts and testimonies that dates back
to slavery and the myths that were created
about black women from slavery, the Jim
Crow era, and up to now.
In this documentary, fifteen black
women in Chicago from all ages, backgrounds,
and professions speak out for the very
first time about their sexual wants, needs,
and desires, aiming to clarify these sexual
misconceptions and reveal the truth about
their sexuality ‘in their own words’.
In the age of misogynist hip-hop, as black
women are portrayed as “freaks”,
Mya B. sets to destroy the present sexual
myths about black women. Among those interviewed,
Little X and Nzingha Stewart, two well-known
black music video directors, speak out
about working within the realms of the
music video industry and the societal
impact of the ‘video hoe’
Mixed with melancholic
music, film clips, and hard hitting interviews
from everyday people, professors, and
music video directors, this film takes
us on a journey into American history,
unveiling the hidden skeletons that lie
deep in the bedrooms of many slave owners.