Interview with Filmmaker Vagabond Beaumont

DIRECTINGWe recently spoke to filmmaker Vagabond Beaumont, whose short film, Aftermath: The Seeds of Armageddon, will show at our “Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts” on Oct. 28! Beaumont’s short story “Kafka’s Last Laugh” was included in Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements, an anthology of stories by people influenced by science fiction writer Octavia Butler.

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Interview with Playwright/Filmmaker Melody Cooper

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We recently talked to playwright/filmmaker Melody Cooper, whose short films THE SOUND OF DARKNESS and The Museum “No to Yesterday” will be featured in our “Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts” event on Oct. 28! In the spring, Cooper did a month-long writer’s residency in the south of France (thanks to the La Napoule Arts Foundation) to develop a horror TV pilot Sundown, which made it to the second round of the Sundance Episodic Lab, is a semifinalist for the Tony Cox Showtime competition, and is in consideration by Lena Waithe and Eva Longoria’s MACRO Episodic Lab.

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Midwest BSFA Celebrates Black Speculative Fiction Month!

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Black Speculative Fiction Month is right around the corner and we can’t wait to share all of our recommendations with you! Be on the lookout for interviews with filmmaker Melody Cooper, author Charlie J. Askew and Tonia Thompson of the Nightlight podcast as well as reviews of Jamila Rowser’s Wobbledy 3000, Tee Franklin’s Jook Joint as well as info on our Black Speculative Fiction Shorts event on Oct. 28! October will be LIT! (As in “literature”…get it?…OK, I’ll show myself out.)

Midwest BSFA Member Napoleon Maddox Runs Down His Top Afrofuturistic Tracks

napoleonlightflarewebAfter years of touring and discovering music from all parts of the world, Napoleon Maddox came home with a longing for cultivation and fearless celebration of what musicians here have to offer the world. “It’s important that the connection be understood, stated and restated. This music came from the beak of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Maya Angelou’s “caged bird,” he says. “When artists around the world create or perform jazz, country, funk, rock, hip-hop or trap, they are echoing some Blues that the ‘caged bird sang.’” The musical offerings he’s heard on stages in Finland, England, France and other places, drove him to create the Underworld Jazz Festival, which takes place May 23-27 at venues around Cincinnati, and include two performances of his experimental music mashup, The Deconstruction Period. In honor of this event, we asked Napo to give us his top Afrofuturistic tracks.  Read More