Join us for a virtual film-screening of death. everything. nothing., a documentary short that offers a profound meditation on race, death and grief, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the screening of her film, filmmaker Rhon Manigault-Bryant will join Professor Jessica Davenport, CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Religion, for a conversation about her documentary practice, African American rituals of mourning, and how these rituals involve alternative practices of care and sociality that exceed the ever-present onslaught of anti-Black violence. Sponsored by the Colgate Arts Council.
About the artist:
Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Ph.D, is an artist and scholar who merges her life as a musician and filmmaker with her interdisciplinary specializations in Religious Studies, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies. A professor of Africana Studies at Williams College, Manigault-Bryant was awarded the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship in 2018 to pursue substantive and methodological training in film studies and documentary filmmaking. Through the fellowship, she received a Certificate in Documentary Arts through the Center for Documentary Arts at Duke University. She founded Conjuregirlblue Productions to create visuals that speak to the varied truths of black life and to produce short form stories with a folk sensibility. Her documentary short death. everything. nothing. has been officially selected for a number of independent film festivals, including the Indie Short Fest, the Venice Shorts, and the Pan African Film Festival. It is was a 2020 Semifinalist at the Venice Shorts, a 2020 Finalist at the Independent Shorts Awards, and a 2021 winner of the Gold Award at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. In addition to death. everything. nothing., she has created a range of other short films through Conjuregirlblue Productions, including the most recent Precipice: On the Black Maternal.