Black Filmmakers Host Twitter Rebel-a-thon

by | December 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM | Black Entertainment, Movie News, Scandal, TV News

AFFRM Twitter Rebel-a-Thon from 11 a.m. EST to 8 p.m. EST on Twitter. (Photo: AFFRM)

The filmmakers behind critics’ favorites like “Fruitvale Station,” “Love & Basketball” and “Middle of Nowhere” are taking over Twitter today for nine hours to celebrate black cinema. Sponsored by AFFRM (the African-American Film Releasing Movement) an organization of “like-minded black film nerds” that  ”distributes the work of black independent filmmakers as [it] cultivates audiences for their films,” and ARRAY, AFFRM’s multi-platform label, the Twitter Rebel-a-thon will feature 19 members of the black film community discussing related topics and answering questions using @AFFRM’s Twitter account. The group says it’s rebelling against misconceptions regarding black people and cinema.

“This is really cool. We asked our filmmaker friends to take action with us and they answered,” AFFRM founder Ava DuVernay, who directed the infamous Mama Pope wrist-chewing  “Scandal” episode, wrote on her Facebook page. “We’re all coming together for nine hours of conversation to grow the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement and rally new members to our Rebel program–which will help us keep the doors open.”

Along with DuVernay, who also directed films “Middle of Nowhere” and “I Will Follow,” “Daughters of the Dust” director Julie Dash and “Fruitvale Station” writer and director Ryan Coogler are among those participating in the social media conversation that begins at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST). Join the conversation via Twitter using #AFFRMREBELS.

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The full schedule is outlined below. (The times are in Pacific Standard Time.)
8 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. PST
Julie Dash

Film: “Daughters of the Dust”

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. PST
Patrik-Ian Polk

Film: “The Skinny”  TV: “Noah’s Arc”

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. PST
Paul Garnes

Film: “Middle of Nowhere”  TV: “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane”

9:15 a.m. – 9:45a.m. PST
Pete Chatmon

Film: “Premium”

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. PST
Lena Waithe

Film: “Dear White People”

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. PST
Aisha Coley

Casting Director
Film: “Middle of Nowhere,” “25th Hour,” “He Got Game,” “Bamboozled”

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. PST
Storm Saulter

Film: “Better Mus’ Come”

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. PST
Morgan Rhodes

Music Supervisor
Film: “Middle of Nowhere”

11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
Neil Drumming

Film: “Big Words”

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PST
Ava DuVernay

Film: “Middle of Nowhere,” ”I Will Follow”

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST
Victoria Mahoney

Film: “Yelling to the Sky”

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. PST
Shaka King

Film: “Newlyweeds” 

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. PST
Gina Prince-Bythewood

Film: “Love & Basketball”

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2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. PST
Justin Simien
Film: “Dear White People”

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PST
Charles Murray

Film: “Things Never Said” 

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. PST
Emayatzy Corinealdi

Film: “Middle of Nowhere” 

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. PST
Matthew Cherry

Film: “The Last Fall”

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
Ryan Coogler

Film: “Fruitvale Station” 

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. PST
Tilane Jones

Film: “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow”