Part 2/3 of the Yvonne Welbon series!
Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.
Born July 23, 1899, Ruth Ellis was thought to be the oldest “out” African American lesbian. Her story offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our history as lived by one inspiring woman. Ellis passed away October 5, 2000 at age 101. Synopsis from Sisters in Cinema website. (1999, DVD, 60 mins.)
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.