I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams

June 2, 2021

Filed in: Koi-Fly, Video

Creating A New Path For Hiring Black Creative Talent

 

I Am My Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams is an Official Selection of the San Francisco Black Film Festival

 

The career path for black creative talent has always been a struggle. Opportunities to be yourself and share your voice are frankly far and few between, and barriers are often put up to keep us from finding the courage to be our authentic selves and tell our own stories. 

 

Too often black filmmakers are met with both conscious and unconscious bias in our industry, or alternatively given only a brief moment to shine in order to satisfy a Diversity & Inclusion quota. We constantly have to work harder to get noticed, and are often told to tone down our blackness if we ever want to really make it.

 

Navigating this barrier to the creative job market led us to create I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams, an 8-minute documentary that ran during Black History Month in February 2021. Our narrative gave black creatives a safe space to talk openly about their accomplishments, remind themselves of their creative self-worth and take a pause to recognize how far they’ve really come. 

 

 

Our unscripted format put everything on the table, and gave our group of young aspiring filmmakers a platform to get honest, be raw and really share their truths. We had an open and honest dialogue about their paths to self-discovery, with hopes of inspiring others to find the courage to speak up and follow their own dreams. When the documentary ran on social media during the last week of Black History Month, it was among our top 3 posts on both facebook and Instagram.

The documentary was a Koi-Fly team effort, led by Director Kyra Knox and produced within just a few days during Covid quarantine in early 2021. I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams has also been recognized as an Official Selection at the 2021 San Francisco Black Film Festival.

 

I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams - Documentary

 

Credits:

Executive Producer: Stacey Grant

Producer/Director: Kyra Knox

Producer: Leslie Schmidt

Director of Photography: Hector Tapia

Associate Producer: Erin Versaggi

Associate Producer/Color Correction: Sam Meneses

Assistant Camera: Ray Ermel

Photographer/ Production Assistant: Brendan Chaplin

Production Assistant: Michaela Keating

Editor: Justina Luongo

Director of Production: David Bisson

Interviewee: Tyler Jones

Interviewee: Maya Imani

Interviewee: Ja’Nell Hall-Ragin

Interviewee: Brendan Chaplin

 

I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams Documentary in the San Fransisco Black Film Festival

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