Award winning and pioneer filmmaker/director Julie Dash will be at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland the weekend of April 29–May 1 to discuss a retrospective of her work and the evolution of independent filmmaking, crowd sourcing and the preservation of indigenous religions and cultures of the African Diaspora.  This event will be hosted by The Living Well Center for Social & Economic Vibrancy that provides innovation incubation in partnership with local artists, students, business owners, social entrepreneurs, colleges and universities.

Dash will also speak about the evolution of film making and financing. The weekend will bring together an intersection of filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, students, and griots to discuss ideas and opportunities to continue the documentation of culture and history.

By breaking barriers in 1992, Dash became the first African American woman to have a full-length general theatrical release in the United States with her critically acclaimed film Daughters of the Dust.  This accomplishment is held as one of the most important cinematic achievements in Black Cinema in the 20th century.  In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry. As a pioneer of independent film, Dash remains a preeminent figure while keeping pace with the documentation of culture and history.

Her current work, Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, chronicles the life journey of Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, a culinary anthropologist and griot.

Information for the event can be found below, and additional information can be found HERE.

A Retrospective with Julie Dash
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Hodson Hall, 110 Baltimore, MD
Cost: Free

Reclaiming, Preserving & Documenting Traditions, Beliefs and Culture of the African Diaspora
Date: May 1, 2016
Time: 2 pm – 5 pm
Location: The Living Well
2443 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Cost: $75 (includes food & drink)