Post-film discussion with the filmmakers moderated by MFAH curatorial fellows Amarie Gipson and Eszter Simor
In collaboration with Project Row Houses, the MFAH presents a lively and thought-provoking selection of short films.
Directed by Carrie Hawks
(USA, 2017, 23 min.)
Creatively weaving together family stories, interviews, and a variety of illustrative styles, this animated autobiography explores the filmmaker’s identity as a queer person of color. Watch the trailer
Born with It
Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
(USA, 2015, 15 min., English & Japanese with English subtitles)
A half-Japanese, half-black boy intends to prove to his new Japanese classmates that dark skin is not a disease. Watch the trailer
A Day in the Tr3
Directed by Brian Ellison
(USA, 2017, 7 min.)
A young man’s Third Ward neighborhood, in the midst of gentrification, is changing rapidly. Even so, he experiences the day-to-day beauty that hides in plain sight and embraces all the beauty his community continues to offer.
About the Filmmakers
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brian Ellison earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology at Morgan State University in Baltimore and pursued his master’s degree in counseling at Prairie View A&M University. He is a photographer, cinematographer, philanthropist, and conceptual visual artist who strives to shine a light on issues that are unravelling society, and to help begin the healing process.
Carrie Hawks, who holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and visual arts from Barnard College and a BFA in graphic design from Georgia State University, works in a variety of media, including drawing, doll-making, and performance to address gender, sexuality, and race. Hawks has shown in Atlanta, Kansas City, New York, Tokyo, and Toronto. Their films have screened at the BlackStar Film Festival (Philadelphia), CinemAfrica (Stockholm), and MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival (New York).
Born and raised in Houston, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. received his bachelor’s degree in film studies from Stanford University and his MFA in film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He started his career in Japan, where he developed a passion for telling human-centered stories. His films have won awards at more than 50 film festivals, including Cannes, Palm Springs, and Toronto.