Blaktastik is a three-day film, music, education and art festival celebrating contemporary black creative culture. The festival is sponsored by The Nickelodeon Theatre and will take place in Columbia, SC on July 24 – 26, 2015. SC Humanities supported this event with a Mini Grant in 2014.
Blaktastik Film Festival is dedicated to creating a unique and multifaceted look at contemporary and alternative Black culture and how Generations Y and Z are redefining blackness using new and creative ways of filmmaking. Some of the films screenings and special events that are planned include: a high school filmmaker workshop, a mixed media art installation at Tapps curated by South Carolina artist Michaela Pilar Brown, and six new and repertory film screenings of “Field Niggas” (Director: Khalik Allah), “Girlhood” (Director: Celine Sciamma), “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” (Director: Terrance Nance), “Brother to Brother” (Director: Rodney Evans), “Fresh Dressed” (Director: Sacha Jenkins), and “Do the Right Thing” (Director: Spike Lee).
Blaktastik will also include a workshop with artist-in-residence Time Spent, a video production group from New York City, that will work with college students from Benedict College to create several videos based on local musicians in South Carolina.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. SC Humanities programs and initiatives are balanced, reflecting sensitivity to the diversity of ideas, encourage open dialogue, demonstrate integrity, and are ethical in operations.
Image: From “Fresh Dressed”