About the filmmakers

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Zeinabu irene Davis, Director/Producer

Zeinabu irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego. Her work is passionately concerned with the depiction of women of African descent. Ms. Davis works in narrative, documentary and experimental genres. A selection of her award winning works includes a drama about a young slave girl for both children and adults, Mother of the River. MOR was funded by ITVS and enjoyed a 4 year run on 76 Public Broadcasting stations and won top awards at four children’s film festivals. She has also completed an award winning love story set in Afro-Ohio, A Powerful Thang and an experimental narrative exploring the psycho- spiritual journey of a woman with Cycles. Her dramatic feature film entitled Compensation features two inter-related love stories that offer a view of Black Deaf culture. Compensation had a two-year broadcast run on the Sundance and BlackStarz! Cable Channels. The film was selected for the dramatic competition at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, and was the winner of the Gordon Parks Award for Directing from the Independent Feature Project in 1999.

In 2005, Davis released a documentary Trumpetistically Clora Bryant that was funded by the National Black Programming Consortium and was featured at the Pan African and Hollywood Black Film Festivals. She has recently released two documentaries, Co- Motion: Stories of Breastfeeding Women and Momentum: A Conversation with Black Women on Achieving Grad Degrees. Third World Newsreel and Women Make Movies in New York distribute her films.

Zeinabu irene Davis holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a MA in African Studies and an MFA from UCLA. She frequently writes articles on African American cinema, which have been published in Afterimage, Black Film Review, Cineaste, Wide Angle and Hot Wire. She has also served as a panelist for the Independent Television Service, the Illinois and Ohio Arts Councils and on the editorial committee for the POV series on PBS. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Illinois and Ohio Arts Councils, the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently is a full Professor in the Department of Communication at University of California, San Diego.


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D. Andy Rice. Cinematographer/Editor/Associate Producer

D. Andy Rice is a documentary filmmaker and media studies scholar affiliated with the Department of Communication at UCSD.   He received an MA in 20th century US Cultural History from UCSD in 2007, and graduated from the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard in 2001 with a specialty in autobiographical, experimental, and observational film/video production.  He worked as an independent filmmaker in Cambridge, MA and teaching assistant for video production classes at Harvard until 2005.  Since joining the Department of Communication at UCSD, he has collaborated on a series of short documentaries on issues pertaining to the economic recession of 2008 and the fee increases in California’s public universities in 2009-10.  His feature length documentary, About Face! Reenacting War in a Time of War, explores cultural politics of commemorating American military history after 9/11, as told through the experiences of groups that reenact battles from the American Revolutionary War in New England as Redcoats.  The film premiered at the Athens International Film Festival in 2010.  He written scholarship analyzes the affective experiences of documentary camerawork and historical reenactment, and focuses in particular on three performance settings: ethnographic films about American masculinity after 2008; “cultural awareness” training simulations in the military during the Iraq War; and the evocation of lynching history in post-2000 photographic exhibitions, activist reenactments, and documentary films.  He was awarded the distinction of top dissertation scholar by the African and African-American Studies Research Center at UCSD in 2013.  Visit http://www.andyricefilms.org for more information.

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