Beyond DEI Wednesday, February 2, 2022
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How can we become more ethical media makers and in turn, more ethical people? This panel will discuss ways to advance our thinking about identity politics, and the ways in which they show up in our work. If, as filmmakers, we aim to move beyond an "extractive" model for our craft, how can we shift our tactics to be more holistically inclusive and collaborative? For example: awareness about the political nature of representation has slowly become more mainstream. How can we tie this idea to more compassion and less tokenization behind the scenes? How can we be more deliberate in our business practices, hiring, training up, community engagement, profit sharing, exhibitions, and curation? Simply: how can we be more mindful about the ways in which our work impacts others? This panel will tease out some of these topics, and begin to equip attendees with some ideas for tactical approaches towards systemic change.

Panelist Bios:
Rahne Alexander is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Baltimore, working in video, music, painting, and performance. She is an alumna of the Intermedia + Digital Arts MFA at UMBC '21 and 2021 Baker Artist Awardee. More at

Malkia K. Lydia recovers authentic stories of community life. She has produced media content for exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, National Civil Rights Museum, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and a Knight Foundation Cities Challenge. Malkia is currently wrapping production on her first two feature documentaries as Director/Producer. In REUNION CHOIR, a retired DC high school music teacher celebrated for changing her students' lives tracks down hundreds of former protégés to sing together once more. WHAT'S IN A NAME? follows a performance artist and three generations of Black men in his South Philly family. It is supported by the ITVS Diversity Development Fund and Black Public Media.  Malkia's earliest works were music videos. Her independent projects often focus on Black arts and culture in U.S. Mid-Atlantic communities. She also freelances as an Archival Producer and Creative Producer, and has supported filmmakers such as Barnicle Brothers, Byron Hurt, Jason Osder, Ema Ryan Yamazaki, and Barbara McCullough. Malkia is a proud graduate of DC Public Schools, as well as Duke University and Temple University. 

Jules Rosskam is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and interdisciplinary artist. He was named a 2021 Creative Capital Awardee for his new film, DESIRE LINES. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the British Film Institute, Anthology Film Archives, the Museum of Moving Images, and hundreds of film festivals worldwide. He has participated in residencies at Yaddo, ISSUE Project Room, Marble House, PLAYA and ACRE. He is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at University of  Maryland Baltimore County.

Day Al-Mohamed is an author, filmmaker, and disability policy strategist with more than 15 years of experience.  Al-Mohamed is author of two Young Adult novels as well as comics and critical essays. Her award-winning Civil War documentary, THE INVALID CORPS, sold to Alaska Airlines and the pilot for her historical series, RENEGADES: Kitty O'Neil, was released on American Masters PBS in 2021. She is currently producing the documentary feature, UNSEEN. Al-Mohamed is a founder of FWD-Doc (Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities) and a regular host on Idobi Radio's Geek Girl Riot with an audience of 80,000+ listeners. A firm believer in community and supporting others, she is active in Women in Film and Video (WIFV) and Brown Girls Doc Mafia, and sits on the Boards of Docs in Progress and SFFilm. She was an advisor for Sundance Institute's "Accessible Futures Intensive" program in 2021 and was honored to be named a "2021 Documentary New Leader" by DOC NYC. She was one of the primary authors of A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film from FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society supported by Netflix, and provided information on her own experiences for Rachel Gordon's book, The Documentary Distribution Toolkit. A skilled moderator, Al-Mohamed presents often on the representation of and importance of disability in media, including, most recently, at AFI, IDA, DOC NYC and at NALIP. However, she is most proud of being invited to teach a workshop on storytelling at the White House in February 2016. 

Eric R. Cotten became involved in film production thanks to an opportunity to work for five years with the HBO production THE WIRE (2002 – 2008). From 2004 until the present, he has assisted in the growth and development of the Maryland Film Festival. He is a contributing writer for the festival guide as well as a key contributor to the final selection of the annual program. His selections routinely highlight positive stories of BIPOC, and he routinely attends regional, national, and international festivals like the American Black Film Festival, Tribeca, SxSW, Austin, Sundance, BlackStar and Toronto International Film Festival. To date he has written, directed, produced or executive produced over twenty-four short films, some of which have screened at Sundance (AFRONAUT- 2014), Tribeca, SxSW and other festivals.  

In 2016, Eric founded and funded a non-profit the BALTIMORE FILMMAKERS COLLECTIVE (BFC). The mission of the BFC is to assist Baltimore area residents without academic film background to find their cinematic voice. The BFC has assisted with over fifteen short films since its inception, and developed a Pitch Competition in association with the Baltimore International Black Film festival and Maryland Film Festival. Eric and the BFC have received several Baltimore City Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) grants (2016- 2020).  

$15 for WIFV Members (must be logged in) and Students / $30 for public
This is a meeting held on Zoom.  You will receive login information with your registration confirmation.

Event sponsored by Event sponsored by Everywoman Studios, Interface Media Group202Createsand OCTFME

Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 48 hours in advance of the program. No refund will be issued for a cancellation with less than 48 hours notice. If the event is cancelled or rescheduled, refunds will be issued as needed.

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