The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash

A film by Yvonne Welbon

1992 | 27 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99497


From her innovative short works to her critically acclaimed feature debut DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, the films of Julie Dash have broken new cinematic ground and redefined black women's images on screen. In this wide-ranging interview, Dash talks about her background, development and approach to movie making, as well as the struggles, victories and interdependence of African American women filmmakers. Excerpts from early films and DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, the dramatic feature about different generations of South Carolina sea islanders which has thrilled audiences across the nation, underscore the originality of this immensely gifted artist.


"Twenty-two years after it was made The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash remains one of the most insightful interviews with the now iconic filmmaker, Julie Dash."

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Yvonne Welbon

Yvonne Welbon is Senior Creative Consultant at Chicken & Egg Pictures. She is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema.
Her current projects include her forth-coming book Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media-Making (Duke University Press), an Untitled Project which focuses on the six-years she lived in Taiwan and The Roadwork Oral History and Documentary Project which focuses on a multi-racial women’s cultural movement.

She has taught at University of Chicago, Northwestern University and chaired the Journalism & Media Studies Department at Bennett College. Welbon holds a B.A from Vassar College, a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. (10/20)


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