In the tradition of The Twilight Zone movie, Creepshow and Tales from the Darkside, from the mind of award winning speculative fiction writer, Nalo Hopkinson and from the original vision of filmmaker, M. Asli Dukan, come three terrifying tales from folklore of the African diaspora.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought death and destruction to New Orleans in the form of a ferocious hurricane. Also unleashed during this tragedy was a “revengeful spirit”, a woman abused and discarded to the sea eons earlier. She emerges from the murky waters of the Gulf Coast, soaking in a ruined white dress and veil. Her eyes are dark and cavernous. Her mouth shaped in the form of an eternal soundless scream. She passes through the streets of New Orleans, unseen by most, to bring us three cautionary tales of those who tread the waters of pride, obsession and greed. These are their stories…
Skin Folk, is a feature length anthology film, now in development.
For more information, please contact the producer, M. Asli Dukan.
Ms. Dukan graduated from The City University of New York with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Media and Communication Arts in 1999 where she received the best editing award for her thesis film, “Sleeping on a train in Motion.” Her media works have screened at the Blowin’ Up A Spot Film Festival and M.A.L.I. Women’s Film and Performing Arts Conference in Dallas and Austin, Texas, OnyxCon in Atlanta, Georgia, Citivisions and the Imagenation Film & Music Festival in New York City, the Black to the Future Science Fiction Festival and the Langston Hughes Film Festival, both in Seattle, Washington and on Move the Frame, a video dance television program based in New York City.
She received a grant from the Kitchen Table Giving Circle in 2012 and received an Urban Artist Initiative Grant/NYC in 2009. In 2000, she founded Mizan Media Productions to produce short and feature length SF films and music videos. She has produced and directed several music videos, including “Boot” for Tamar-kali and “Do You Mind” for Hanifah Walidah, which debuted on LOGO in 2008. She is in post-production on the feature length documentary, “Invisible Universe” which explores the history of African American images in fantasy, horror and science fiction literature. Skin Folk is her first feature length, narrative project.
Singled out for her expressive and stylized work, Cybel Martin is the first and only African American woman to receive an MFA in Cinematography from New York University. Perhaps because she was named after 1962 Oscar winning film, “Sundays and Cybele”, this native New Yorker has set her sights on her own golden statue.
She served as the Cinematographer for Dee Rees’ “Orange Bow” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and for “Sangam” which was recognized for its deeply moody and textured palette and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her feature work has included “Flora’s Garment Bursting into Bloom”, winner of the Showtime “No Limits” Award at the New Festival, additional photography for the Slamdance Grand Jury Winner “On The Outs” and the edgy criminal dramas “Dregs of Society” and “No Problema”.
She received considerable recognition for her work on “The Gilded Six Bits”. This 1920’s period piece set in the rural south and based on a Zora Neale Hurston story, won the Hollywood Black Film Festival Jury Award and special screenings at The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian and Museum of Natural History. The film featured Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”, “Treme”) and Chad Coleman (“The Walking Dead”).
Cybel has been featured in American Cinematographer Magazine, Fader Magazine and writes about cinematography for Indiewire.com.