Monday, August 19, 2013

Spring and Summer News

The movement that is White Space Poetry Project has been moving so quickly, it's hard to keep up!  The Spring and Summer brought residencies, workshops, festivals and private screenings throughout the US and even a trip to Toronto Canada.

Maya Washington
with workshop participants

This Spring the Young Authors Conference hosted Creative Director Maya Washington who presented Small Packages: Short Films and Plays.  Students screened White Space and worked on drafting their own original concepts for short films and plays.  The work continues to inspire youth to learn more about poetry, film, and ASL.

Additionally, White Space screened at private events  throughout the summer including Jacamo Magazine's I am Freedom Open Mic along side a special performance from Kendrick Dial of Lyrical Groove and performance art from Creative Director Maya Washington.  The film also screened privately at the Cave Canem Fellows Retreat in Pittsburgh, PA in June.

The White Space short film made it's Canadian debut at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews as well as Chicago's Indie Boots Festival and Seattle's Langston Hughes African America Film Festival in May.  White Space was recently featured in reviews by the Dreher Report as well as Insight News.

The festival journey continues this fall with a German Premiere at Geb√§rdensprachfilmwoche 2013 in Berlin, Germany September 25th-28th, 2013 during deaf week.  2013 marks an exciting international push for the short film and additional global screenings in the near future.