A continuation of the series originally created for Karen Hunter’s Knarrative
M is a visual storyteller working in cinema, writing, photography, and public art. Her films and writing combine a fictional and documentary narrative approach. Wired magazine called M a “filmmaker provocateur.” PALM TREES DOWN 3rd ST. won the Adrienne Shelly Award and was called “a masterpiece” by Film Threat. As a total cultural worker and hood educator, cinema studies are taught in open virtual and public spaces to advance discussions on the future of Black cinema. Curricula include: SCREENWRITING ROOTED IN DECOLONIZATION AND ABSTRACT THINKING, THE PRINCIPLES of GOOD STORY, BLACK FILM as PROTEST, and the 101 ESSENTIAL BLACK FILMS. Her first feature, ELEPHANT, is in post-production. She can be found on Yelamu land named by settlers as San Francisco, kicking around the fog.
Andrea L. Battleground is an archival administrator and media curator based in Harlem, New York. Her work focuses on the preservation, description, exhibition, and access of media — particularly film, music, and oral histories of the African diaspora. She sub-specializes in innovative programming, screen cultures, and mixed-media exhibition. Battleground has been a practitioner at the intersection of memory work and Black collections for more than 13 years, and her efforts appear at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Gates Preserve Archive, Maysles Documentary Center, and Film Forum.
Tonya Pinkins is an American filmmaker, writer, producer, director, and actor.
Her award-winning debut feature film, RED PILL, which she wrote and directed, was an official selection at over 20 international film festivals, including: the 2021 Pan African Film Festival; the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, where it won Best Feature Film; Moving Parts; Hamilton Black; Horror Underground; Five Continents; the Mykonos International Film Festival, where it won Best Black Lives Matter Feature and Best First Feature; and the Luléa Film Festival, where it won Best First Feature. The film has been translated into Russian and Spanish. Tonya’s web-series THE RED PILLING OF AMERICA can be heard on her podcast “You Can’t Say That!” at bpn.fm/ycst.
As a television, film and theater actress, Tonya has appeared in nine Broadway shows and won the Tony Award for Jelly’s Last Jam. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Play On and Caroline or Change.
Tonya has won or been nominated for the Olivier, OBIE, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Clarence Derwent, Audelco, NAACP Image Award, Soap Opera Digest, Monarch, Garland, Ovation, LA Drama Desk, Noel, and the NAAP Theater and Audience Choice Awards. She has appeared in film and television on GOTHAM, SCANDAL, MADAM SECRETARY, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, BEAT STREET, ABOVE THE RIM and ENCHANTED.
Her work is focused on delivering social justice and elevating sacred feminine issues in humorous and entertaining ways to seed a better future for everyone.