An Evening with Yvonne Welbon

Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.
Black Cinema House is honored to have acclaimed filmmaker Yvonne Welbon present a retrospective of her films over the course of three evenings through June. In tonights program, Yvonne Welbon will screen films that she has directed and produced, share stories about her career and answer questions from the audience about building a sustainable career as an independent media-maker.

Films include:
Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself… 1995, DVD, 30 minutes, Directed by Yvonne Welbon A witty and original autobiographical documentary about coming-to-terms with race, culture and self. My six-year stay in Taiwan transforms my understanding of what it means to be an African American and illuminates my connection with my Honduran-born grandmother.

Winner: Silver Hugo – Chicago International Film Festival: Intercom. Winner: Best Film/Video on Matters Relating to the Black Experience – XIth Black International Cinema, Berlin. Nationally broadcast on PBS on POV in 1996.

Excerpts of past works including: Monique, 1991; The Taste of Dirt, 2002; Missing Relations, 1994; Stranger Inside, 2001; Sisters in Cinema, 2003; Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @100, 1999; The New Black, 2013

Yvonne Welbon has produced and distributed over 20 films including Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @100, winner of ten best documentary awards and Sisters in Cinema, a documentary on the history of black women feature film directors. Her films have screened on PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, the Sundance Channel, BET, HBO and in over one hundred film festivals around the world. She recently produced The New Black, an award winning documentary directed by Yoruba Richen that captures the complex intersection between faith, racial justice and LGBT rights. Her current projects are Dena Montague’s Paris Rebels which examines the story of black youth participating in the hip hop inspired Zoulou movement in Paris during the 1980s and 90s; Takin’ Place, Cyrus Dowlatshahi’s observational documentary about life on the south-side of Chicago and Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media-making, a web based online community building project that includes a book of essays, a documentary, and an archive. Welbon received a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.