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Reel Black: Afrofuturism - On-Demand Class


120 min.

May 14 - September 16, 2021

Virtual class now available on demand. Take a deep dive into unapologetically blackity-black speculative film. What does that mean? Explore the answers in this culture-, commentary-, and clip-filled class taught by Nicole Pouchet.

Afrofuturism has been an important genre since way before cultural critic Mark Dery coined the term in 1993. But, what exactly is it? Science fiction? Fantasy? Speculative fiction works by artists of the African diaspora? All of the above. In this class, we’ll delve into the history of Afrofuturism and its first films, get into the intersection of film and music, then talk about some kickass stuff going on now. As with most art, Afrofuturism is relevant to and reflective of current events. We’ll discuss what that means in regard to learning from and about each other through culture. Films expected to be included are Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, The Brother From Another Planet, See You Yesterday, Touki Bouki, and the Kenyan short film Pumzi.

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The Reel Black class series focuses on Black auteur filmmakers and Black influences within cinematic culture. Through deepening the cultural discourse with the past and present, we all prioritize and normalize Black stories and storytellers on our screens. This education series is curated with Isabella Price.

  • Running Time: 120 min.

Nicole Pouchet


A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet (she/her) is a novelist and writer/director for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s award-winning fantasy TV series, Strowlers. Her horror/social thriller short, Retch, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2019, won Best Film at the Seattle Black Film Festival in 2020, and has shown on DirecTV, Amazon, PBS, and Alaska Airlines. Her directorial debut, a sci-fi short called Such An Honor, is an official selection at multiple festivals this year including HollyShorts. Nicole continues to write/direct projects that incorporate social commentary into genre film. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, an Advisory Board member for Destiny City Film Festival, and a guest lecturer for the University of Virginia, SIFF, and Women in Film. Visit nicolepouchet.com