afronaut(a): 2.0 Series To Present An Exploration In Film


Last year, Pittsburgh-based interdisciplinary artists and curators Alisha B. Wormsley and Blaine Siegel created afronaut(a), a series that focused on non-traditional and black diaspora film. For its second season, the event has expanded into afronaut(a): 2.0, which seeks to show how diverse groups of artists utilize film in their culture, discipline, and process. Presented as part of Kelly Strayhorn Theater‘s East Liberty LIVE! summer series, afronaut(a): 2.0 will include a broad range of screenings, as well as discussions and an emphasis on collaborations between Pittsburgh artists. On August 10th, the film-focused salon series will begin with Soundtracks, a special kickoff party hosted by Kelly Strayhorn’s Alloy Studios.

For Soundtracks, local musicians Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular, DJ duo Tracksploitation, and French horn player Matt Aelmore will provide improvised musical accompaniment to silent films. The event begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Admission is free. The afronaut(a): 2.0 series will continue from August 17th through September 28th with free film events being presented each Sunday at a number of non-traditional venues, including Wagman Observatory, Healcrest Urban Farm, and the pool at Braddock Library. Artists participating in the series include Greg Tate and sunRa experience, Zanele Muholi, Dave Bernabo, video curator Thomas Lax, Jennifer Nagle Myers, Ricardo Iamuuri, and Jasmine Hearn. See below for the afronaut(a): 2.0 schedule (events are subject to change):

August 17th 

Space is the Place – Wagman Observatory

Space is the Place (1974)
Mars is Underwater, multimedia sound collage by Ricardo Iamuuri

August 24th

Short Films for Short People Kids’ Film Festival – Alloy Studios

Short films curated by David Cherry
Featuring films and performances for kids

August 31st 

The Deep End – Braddock Library Pool

The Swimmer
Performance by Jasmine Hearn

September 7th

Conditions of the Mind – Alloy Studios

Guests Et Green, Tomashi Jackson, and Ah Keisha McGants
Junkette author Sarah Shotland
Anqwenique Wingfield sings selections from Nina Simone and Billie Holiday

September 14th

Bloody Sunday – Healcrest Urban Farms

Horror film screening (TBA)
Gory makeup artist Jazmin Navarro
Performance (TBA)

September 21st

Mysticism and Film – Alloy Studios

Alisha B. Wormsley and guests
Performance by Jil Stifel and Jasmine Hearn

September 27th28th

afronaut(a) Media Festival – Various locations (TBA)

Black Radical Imagination film series, curated by Amir George
Films On The Water (in partnership with The Drift)
Home Screening Hangouts
Ongoing Box, film by Dave Bernabo
A Band Called Death (2012), with panel discussion led by Christiane Leach

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