Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Fired Up! One Year Anniversary
|LaKeisha Burton speaking at The Fire Inside 15th Anniversary|
(photo credit: Scott Braley)
|Wanda Sabir and Deirdre Wilson, hosts of the 15th Anniversary |
of the Fire Inside October 2011 (photo credit: Scott Braley)
|LaKeisha Burton with Beverly "Chopper" Henry|
Photo Credit: Scott Braley
We speak to formerly incarcerated woman prisoners, Samantha Rogers and Deirdre Wilson. Joanna Sokolowski, filmmaker joins us as well to talk about the 1 year anniversary celebration, Sat., Oct. 20, 2012, of Fired Up! a network of people who have been or are currently behind the walls of San Francisco county jail building community with others who are committed to breaking down the barriers those walls produce. For information email email@example.com or visit http://firedupsf.wordpress.com/ At the event Sokolowski will screen Still Time, a short film chronicling the life of the first juvenile given a life sentence in CA, LaKeisha Burton, who will also be present at the event.
Incarcerated at the age of 15 and released at 35, LaKeisha must start from scratch to rebuild her life, discovering that although being out of prison can be just as unpredictable as life inside, she can still find her way back home. The event tomorrow is from 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The Clean Lounge is located at 1641 LaSalle Avenue, Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco. There is a $5-20 donation; however, no one will be turned away. The Clean Lounge is ADA accessible.If anyone needs a ride call (408) 386-8955.
We close with an extended interview with director, Zeinabu irene Davis, a director showcased in the film program currently at UC Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive, LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema Sept. 6-Oct. 30. Compensation, Davis's film, screens Tues., Oct. 23, 7 PM.
Her feature is proceeded by Iverson White's Dark Exodus which is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drbULCcXj5Q Zeinabu irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and full Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego. A veteran of independent film and video, her vision is passionately focused on the depiction of African American women - their hopes, dreams, past and future.
I was born April 5, 1967 to LouElla Hill and Will H. Rogers in El Central,California. I grew up in an okay functional family, at least I thought it was. Lot of trauma happened to me when I was about 4 years old. As I grew up at 15 yrs old I got into a lot of trouble. I ended up on drugs and going to juvie. When I turned18 years old and my juvenile record was closed I began a life of hurt and pain of not knowing why these bad things kept happening to me.
I had got into my addiction really bad and was sent to prison March 12, 1993, and for over 17 years my life was spent behind prison bars until June 14, 2010.
6 months after that I discharged off parole and have been in a drug recovery program in San Francisco and a member of Fired Up!
Deirdre Wilson is a former prisoner, a program coordinator for CCWP and a mother. She began to work with Free Battered Women /CCWP shortly after she got out of prison because “the whole FBW/CCWP community made me feel honored for surviving my experiences and accepted me just as I was—a rare feeling for people released from prison!” Visit http://www.alternet.org/story/152675/15_years_of_giving_voice_to_women_and_transgender_prisoners_in_california/?page=1
Joanna Sokolowski is an independent documentary filmmaker completing a Master’s degree in Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Joanna was a recent recipient of the UC Berkeley Human Rights Fellowship and a presenter at the UCSC Art Dean’s Leadership Board. Her current project, STILL TIME is a 20 minute documentary film about life after prison, and is in partnership with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Joanna received her B.A. at Portland State University in Community Development with a concentration of Social Organization and Change.
At University of California, San Diego she teaches courses across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, and sits on both Ph.D. and MFA committees. Ms. Davis teaches a wide variety of courses including documentary production, television studio production, advanced digital editing as well as theory and history courses on Pan African and Black Women's cinema. See http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/la-rebellion/zeinabu-irene-davis
Compensation screenings Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7 PM
A film by Zeinabu irene Davis
Order No. W03816 http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/makers/fm26.shtml
COMPENSATION the first feature by award-winning filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis (CYCLES and A POWERFUL THANG), presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. An important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.
Dark Exodus, is a narrative film concerned with the migration of African-Americans from the south to the north in the early 1900s, and with the impact of a lynching on one proud family. 16mm, sepia, 28 minutes, 1985: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drbULCcXj5Q
Cycles Screened October 2, 2012 at PFA
A film by Zeinabu irene Davis
Order No. W99273 http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/makers/fm26.shtml