Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
The Visiting Filmmakers Series is pleased to host a conversation with director Angel Kristi Williams and curator Myrtis Bedolla.
Williams' new film, Really Love, is set in a gentrifying Washington, DC. Here, a rising Black artist, Isaiah (Kofi Siriboe), spends most of his days pouring his heart into his paintings but still struggles to find his place in the prestigious and competitive art world. At a gallery show, Stevie (Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing), a law student, catches his eye. Their whirlwind romance leads to unexpected life choices, when their careers take them in different directions.
The film delivers a poignant look at the sacrifices we make for careers and life-changing relationships. This well-crafted script by Felicia Pride and Williams is complemented by an impeccable soundtrack and incredible art.
Angel Kristi Williams s a filmmaker born and raised in West Baltimore, Maryland. She was eight years old when her late father gave her a VHS camcorder, which sparked her love for the medium. After studying visual art, photography, and experimental film, she developed an understanding of the power and limits of silence, as well as a commitment to using images to tell a story.
Really Love, produced by MACRO, was selected for the Narrative competition at SXSW and won the Special Jury Recognition for Acting for costars Kofi Siriboe and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing. The film World Premiered as part of AFI Fest’s Special Presentations to much acclaim. It is currently available on Netflix.
Williams' previous film, "Charlotte," won the short film jury awards at the Atlanta and Sarasota Film Festivals. She is a 2014 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and was the recipient of the Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship. This year she was selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s Momentum Fellowship. She splits her time between Baltimore and Los Angeles and teaches in the MFA film program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia College Chicago.
See Angel Kristi Williams' website here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation with Angel Kristi Williams.
Angel Kristi Williams says, "I am Isaiah, an artist who puts his art and his passion for his work before everything else in his life, often to his own dismay. And I am also Stevie, the ambitious, independent, intelligent Black woman who is a hopeless romantic, in search of a storybook love, that pure, fleeting feeling that feels like falling in love for the very first time." Read more of Williams' interview with Neha Aziz here.
See a conversation with Williams and the cast of Really Love, led by Barry Jenkins at AFI Fest, here.
This event is cosponsored by: Film and Video Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, the English Department, Women and Gender Studies, University Life.
For more information:
Samantha Sinagra firstname.lastname@example.org, Program and Academic Manager, Film at Mason
Anjuli Singh email@example.com, Exhibitions and Office Coordinator, Film at Mason
Cynthia Fuchs firstname.lastname@example.org, Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason; Interim Director, Film at Mason
Hosted by VFS, Women and Gender Studies, Film at Mason.