Cinematographers Arthur Jafa & Malik Sayeed Team w/ Curator Elissa Blount-Moorhead to Launch New Film Production Company
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Cinematographers Arthur Jafa & Malik Sayeed Team w/ Curator Elissa Blount-Moorhead to Launch New Film Production Company

nullCinematographers Arthur Jafa ("Daughters

of the Dust," "Crooklyn," "Dreams Are Colder Than Death," "Florida Water") and Malik

Sayeed ("He Got Game," "Belly") have partnered with Baltimore based curator, lecturer

and exhibition designer Elissa Blount-Moorhead, to create a new independent film

studio and production company, TNEG.

The goal, according, to Ms. Blount-Moorhead,

is to develop and produce new black independent films, but films that will also “push what we understand to be new black

cinema and to create not just new narratives and but also new aesthetics and

technical parameters within black cinema."

And they feel that the time now is

right to start up a new studio and production company because of the rapidly changing landscape in terms of production

and distribution especially, which they feel is a great advantage for independent

cinema and for filmmakers of color.

"I feel like independent film in general is becoming more well-regarded

and more supported. If you just think back 20 years there was no IFC, or things

like that. There are more alternative platforms now, like Netflix, that are now

commissioning and financing work that will go directly through their

channels—those are the ways you are able to provide an outlet for people and to

hopefully allow filmmakers to create a voice that is not contingent on

mainstream and Hollywood expectations."

To read more about TNEG and the trio’s plans, read an interview with Ms. Bount-Moorhead here.

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