Tag Archives: activism

Event: Ladyfest Philadelphia! June 7-9

Ladyfest Philadelphia

When: June 7-9, 2013

Where: The Rotunda and locations around West Philadelphia

Website: www.ladyfestphilly.com

Ladyfest Philly is an activism, music, and arts festival happening in Philly from June 7-9, 2013.

Ladyfest Philadelphia is a grassroots event dedicated to the artistic, organizational, and political work of women, trans, genderqueer, intersex, and queer people, and their allies. Ladyfest combats substantive, cultural, and structural inequalities by building upon the existing Philadelphia community of artists, musicians, and activists.  It aims to foster a more inclusive and safe environment through performances, workshops, panels, opportunities for collaboration, and more.

Ladyfest Philadelphia will take place June 7-9, 2013 at The Rotunda and other spaces in West Philadelphia.

Get in touch with ideas, questions and suggestions: ladyfestphilly@gmail.com


Event: Take Back the Night!

Thursday, April 4
College Green

Take Back the Night is an annual event organized to raise awareness and break the silence around the pandemic of sexual violence. It is a powerful evening beginning with a rally filled with moving speeches and performances, a march through campus and a candlelight vigil where survivors can share their stories in a safe and affirming space. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Event: At the Helm: Women Filmmakers with María Teresa Rodríguez

At the Helm: Women Filmmakers


When: April 3, 2013

  • 5-7 pm: Master Class. 1408 Terra Hall
  • 8 pm: Film Screening. Connelly Auditorium, 806 Terra Hall

Where: University of the Arts, Terra Hall


The University of the Arts School of Film presents “At the Helm: Women Filmmakers,” a visiting artist program with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The new program continues with a master class, film screening and Q&A session by award-winning filmmaker María Teresa Rodríguez.

“María Teresa Rodríguez: The Many Faces of Documentary” master class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in 1408 Terra Hall. The class is free and open to the public and the University community, but there is limited space and pre-registration is required. Please e-mail egoidel@uarts.edu to reserve your spot.

Beginning with clips from her short student works, which were screened internationally in film festivals, to her present day long form non-fiction, María will discuss the changing face of the documentary over the last decade, as well as touch upon funding, the film festival circuit, and distribution.

A screening of “Niños de la Memoria” will be held at 8 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium, 806 Terra Hall, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. The screening is free and open to the public and the University community.

About Niños de la Memoria
Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from the massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were adopted abroad, losing their history and identity. Niños de la Memoria weaves together three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?

About María Teresa Rodríguez
María Teresa Rodríguez is a filmmaker, producer and teaching artist. Her work has won awards in film festivals around the world and has been broadcast nationally on PBS. She recently finished the ITVS & Sundance funded documentary “Niños de la Memoria/Children of Memory” with co-producer Kathryn Smith Pyle. The film, which received a LASA Award of Merit, is currently on the festival circuit. Her previous work includes “Mirror Dance/La Danza del Espejo” (with Frances McElroy), which was broadcast on the PBS Series Independent Lens, received a LASA Award of Merit, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a First Place for Television Documentary award from the Society of Professional Journalists (Philadelphia Chapter) and was an Imagen Award Documentary Finalist. María worked with Vital Pictures and California Newsreel on the series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” which was broadcast nationally on PBS and received a 2009 duPont- Columbia Award in Television and Radio News, a 2009 Council on Foundations Henry Hampton Award and a 2009 Communication Award in TV/Radio/Film from the National Academies. Other work includes: “From Here to There/De Aquí a Allá” which received a First Place Award for Short Documentary at the XVII International Film Festival of Uruguay and “Morningtide,” which won 11 awards internationally. María is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Leeway Transformation Award which recognizes the work of women artists engaged in social change. She is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar.

Terra Hall

211 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

United States

Event: Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice

Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice:

Community Based Health

Wednesday, March 27
Room 218, Claire M. Faign Hall

University of Pennsylvania

Author Miriam Zoila Perez will talk about her work as a full spectrum doula, writer and activist. There is a growing movement of doulas working to improve pregnant people’s health care experiences through one-on-one emotional, physical and informational support. How are doulas changing health care experiecnes? How can providers collaborate with doulas? Miriam will discuss this important and growing movement, and its many connections to health care activist work.

Extra Credit Opportunity: Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series

Announcing an opportunity to earn some extra credit points to boost your course grade while participating in a great Philadelphia community arts project: the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series.

To earn 2 percentage points added to your course grade:

  • Attend ONE of the four events in the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism series
  • Sign in at the event to let me know you were there
  • Write a 600-word (min.) analysis of the event, connecting it to AT LEAST ONE of our course readings or films.
  • Post your analysis to our course blog by April 23 (11 pm).

To earn additional points:

  • For every additional event you attend, you can earn 1 percentage point
  • Sign in at the event to let me know you were there
  • Incorporate your observations of the additional events into your analysis

Encourage your friends, colleagues, professors, neighbors, classmates, and anyone else to attend the events! They are all free and open to the public. You can find out more information about the series here:

PQMAS 2013

Event: Film Screening & Director’s Talk: Contradictions of Fair Hope

Film Screening & Director’s Talk:

The Contradictions of Fair Hope

When: March 12, 7 pm

Where: International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)

a film by S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf
USA, 2012, 67 min

Cost: $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

S. Epatha Merkerson in person

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia and Reelblack

July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, many of them are ill prepared and unable to cope with the realities of their new found freedom. This documentary examines a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed “benevolent societies” to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper’s grave.

The Contradictions of Fair Hope sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as “The Fair Hope Benevolent Society” in Uniontown, Alabama.

Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual “Foot Wash” celebration.


S. Epatha Merkerson (Executive Producer, Co-Director) is best known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC’s Law and Order (2006/2010/2011 Image Award). She received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Gracie Allen and Image Award for her performance in the HBO movie Lackawanna Blues and can be seen in the upcoming film We The Peebles.

In theatre Ms. Merkerson has received one Helen Hayes Award, two Obie Awards two Lucille Lortel Award nominations and two Tony Award nominations. She has appeared in numerous television movies, made guest appearances in a variety of television series as well as appearing as a regular on PEEWEE’S PLAYHOUSE. She will be the host of TV One’s Find Our Missing. Ms. Merkerson earned a BFA degree from Wayne State University where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2009. The Contradictions of Fair Hope is Ms. Merkerson’s first feature film project.

Rockell Metcalf (Executive Producer, Co-Director, Writer) is Vice President and Chief Counsel at Amerprise Financial, Inc., where he concentrates on brokerdealer, marketing and banking law, Mr. Metcalf received his LL.M from Columbia Law School and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Metcalf served as federal clerk to Chief Judge U.W. Clemon in the Northern District of Alabama. He received his B.A., with distinction, from Talladega College. He is co-author of the Practical Guide to Broker-Dealer Regulation, and he obtained a 2008 U.S. Patent for a “System and Method for Dividing a Remittance and Distributing a Portion of the Funds to Multiple Investment Products.” Mr. Metcalf serves on the boards of Bird, Bonnette & Stauderman Worldwide, Inc. and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The Contradictions of Fair Hope is Mr. Metcalf’s first feature film project.

Producers’ Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Event: Street Movies!

Street Movies!

presented by PNC Arts Alive at The Paul Robeson House


Paul Robeson House
4951 Walnut St

Philadelphia, PA, 19104

See map: Google Maps

Sunday, February 24, 4:30PM
The Paul Robeson House
4949/4951 Walnut Street
Free & Open to the Public

Opening performance by the Paul Robeson Ensemble

The primary mission of The Paul Robeson House is to heighten awareness of the life, legacy and philosophy of Paul Robeson and his historical significance to the Philadelphia region, the state of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

This Street Movies! program features short films about the relationship between art, artists, and social change.

Street Movies! presented by PNC Arts Alive