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IN DEVELOPMENT

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.

THE FILMMAKERS

 

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M. ASLI DUKAN | PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER

M. Asli Dukan is an independent filmmaker who embraces the futuristic, fantastic and imaginary genres of speculative fiction (SF) as a way to explore the possibilities of social transformation in society. She has written, produced and directed several short SF films that have screened at festivals across the country including the ImageNation Film and Music Festival in New York City and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including the Urban Artists Initiative Grant (2009), the Kitchen Table Giving Circle Grant (2012), and from the Leeway Foundation – the Art and Change Grant (2014, 2016) and the Transformation Award (2016). In 2016, she also had the honor of being named an NBPC360 Fellow with the National Black Programming Consortium in New York.

She holds an MFA in Media and Communication Arts from the City College of New York and is the founder of Mizan Media Productions where she has produced her own films, as well as numerous promotional projects for innovative, progressive and radical artists and organizations. Some work produced by her company include her films Orishas (2001), 73 (2008) and M.O.M.M. (2011) and her music videos Boot (2006) for Tamar-kali and Do You Mind (2008) for Hanifah Walidah. She is currently in post-production on two feature length projects, Invisible Universe, a documentary about the historical representations and the participation of Black people in the genres of speculative fiction and Songs for Nina, a music and travel documentary following the “Daughters of Nina” orchestra on their French tour as they pay homage to the late singer/pianist, Nina Simone. Her next projects are the SF web series, Resistance and the anthology horror film, Skin Folk, based on the book by the award winning SF writer, Nalo Hopkinson. Ms. Dukan also tours the country as one of the leading voices lecturing about Black Speculative Fiction history.

 

CYBEL MARTIN | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

 

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