October 19, 2016, the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center auditorium was packed near capacity as the community came together to witness UNAPOLOGETIC MELANATED CINEMA. All in attendance enjoyed screening feminist filmmakers House of June’s short films. The mood was supportive, celebratory and inquisitive. The audience was diverse, ranging in age, race, sex, and sexuality. Following the screening, performer and producer HaJ House (founder of Tickles.TV) hosted a Q&A session with House of June founder Ebony Blanding, who shared her success story and passion for writing about (black) wo/men. Blanding revealed that she’s grateful that the community has supported House of June and credited Spelman College for making their dream of screening HOJ’s films at this historical institution come true. Blanding also recognized a Spelman graduate in the audience who’s starred in several House of June films when she responded to questions from the audience. After the screening and discussion, Amber L.N. Bournett of HOJ joined Blanding and other attendees at a reception where all dined on a Caribbean meal and danced to music provided by the Ear Doctor. Numerous local sponsors were acknowledged at the close of the event such as the art collective the DropOuts, who developed branding materials for the screening and erected a magnet art installation with giveaways. A highlight of the evening featured “love letters” written by Dr. Calaya Michelle (Reid) Stallworth’sscreenwriting students and attendees, thanking House of June for their work in creating honest, compelling narratives featuring women, minorities and LGBTQ characters.
See pictures from the event below.