Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Radha Blank and Elissa Blount Moorhead

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
Online Location

As our Spring 21 Visiting Filmmaker Series Online comes to a close, we are delighted to feature a lively conversation between filmmakers and friends Elissa Blount Moorhead (Back and Song) and Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version).

Blank and Moorhead will discuss their work (and maybe play a parlor game or two) as we eavesdrop on their discussion and ask questions of our own. 


ElissaElissa Blount Moorhead is an artist exploring the poetics of quotidian Black life, to emphasize gestural dialectics of quiet domesticity and mundanity.

Elissa was awarded the Comedy Central-Sundance Award, USA Artist Fellowship, Saul Zaentz Innovation Fellowship, Ford Foundation/Just Films Fellowship, and the Creative Capital Award, Eyebeam Innovation Fellowship.

She is the co-creator of fiftyTWO, an episodic dramedy. She is the director of As of A Now, PBS' Apologue for the Darkest Gods, MTV's 9 Things, and co-director of Jay Z's 4:44 and 4-channel film installation, Back And Song. She is the author of P is for Pussy, an illustrated “children’s” humor book and is featured in the new anthology, How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance.  

Radha Blank is a director, writer, performer and proud New York native. Winner of the 2020 Sundance Vanguard Award, Blank’s first feature film, The Forty-Year-Old Version, is one of the most acclaimed debuts of the year. 

Radha is nominated for a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director, a BAFTA Award for Leading Actress and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film.

In 2020, she was named as one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” and called “A Brilliant Filmmaker” by The New York Times.

A Helen Merrill Award recipient, Radha’s acclaimed play Seed was deemed “fresh, lively...and poetic” by HuffPost. She’s written for Empire (Fox) and She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix). When not writing for the stage and screen, Radha performs as RadhaMUSprime, whose brand of hip-hop comedy has sold out shows from New York to Norway.

Our event is free and open to the public. 

Read "Healing Planes: Artist Elissa Blount Moorhead and Cinematographer Bradford Young," Jessica Lynn, Cultured Magazine, Feb 28, 2020.

Read "A Writer-Director-Star Breaks Through. It Only Took a Lifetime," Alexis Soloski, New York Times, Oct 6, 2020. 

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