Reel Sisters Honors JT Takagi & Third Reel Newsreel and Filmmaker Terence Nance for Advancing the Careers of Women of Color in Film!


 On Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30 pmReel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award winning filmmaker/sound engineer JT Takagi, the Executive Director of Third World Newsreel, and Artist/Filmmaker Terence Nance, creator of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness for their outstanding contributions to the film industry at our 21st Anniversary Awards ceremony. The event will be held at SVA Theater, 333 West 23 St., in historic Chelsea.  Join us for another fun and inspiring evening. Stay tuned for information on the Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel honoree and special guests!

Tickets: $45 or $35 (Bring a Pal discount).





Terence is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He comes from a family of artists, (Norvis Jr., Djore, and Classi) and is the creator of new late-night series RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESSon HBO. Terence is best known for his first feature film, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY(Sundance Film Festival 2012) and short film, SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN(Sundance 2016). He also makes installations, and music under the name Terence Etc.

MVMT –– a production company that creates films, series, and any form of moving images –– is owned and operated by Terence. Current MVMT projects include the web series 195 LEWIS, the feature documentary SO YOUNG SO PRETTY SO WHITE, a film about the global practice of skin bleaching, and RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm.




JT Takagi is an award winning filmmaker, sound engineer, educator and the Executive Director of Third World Newsreel, ( an alternative media center that trains, distributes and produces media by and about people of color and social justice issues.  Celebrating its 50th year, Third World Newsreel (TWN) has been led by women of color since 1973.

As the current Executive Director of Third World Newsreel, JT follows in the footsteps of a series of women of color who have led this non-profit alternative media center over five decades. From Christine Choy and Susan Robeson to Ada Griffin and Dorothy Thigpen, she is pleased to be able to be part of Third World Newsreel’s 50thanniversary as a progressive media center and to have the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora join in that celebration.

TWN distributes over 700 films by 400 filmmakers and its TWN Production Workshop, now in its 40th year, has graduated numerous acclaimed social issue media makers – including award winning filmmakers Grace Lee, Betty Bastidas and Byron Hurt, and Oscar nominees Renee Tajima-Peña, Jamal Joseph and Yance Ford. Takagi’s own films focus on Asia, Asian American and immigrant issues and include four national PBS airings; her recent sound credits include the Oscar nominated STRONG ISLAND, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY, and BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION.   Ms. Takagi teaches at the City College of NY and in the School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Program. She is a new member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Founded in 1967 and incorporated in 1968, Third World Newsreel (TWN) was originally established as an activist film collective, then called the Newsreel.  It is now one of the oldest alternative media arts organizations in the U.S., working ineducational distribution, training, production, preservation and fiscal sponsorship, with the mission of nurturing and promoting media by and about people of color and social justice issues.

TWN produced a unique collection of films during the late 1960s and early 1970s that documented the social movements of that time, which are now historic.  The films examined the Black Panther party, the Young Lords Party, the early Asian American movement, the second wave of the women’s movement, labor, the anti-Vietnam war movement and the anti-colonial, anti-imperialist efforts taking place in Africa, Latin America and Asia during that time period. It also became a distributor of films that were otherwise completely unavailable in the U.S. at the time, including mainland China, North Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba.

TWN continues to produce and support the production of films that aim to uncover hidden histories of communities of color and inspire efforts at change, while working to preserve its historic film documentaries.

TWN’s educational distribution service includes over 700 works by more than 400 established and emerging film and media artists including Camille Billops, Jason DaSilva, Thomas Allen Harris, Grace Lee, Dawn Porter, Randy Redroad, Yoruba Richen and Alex Rivera. Educators, librarians, students, curators, organizers, writers, conference and festival programmers, television programmers, and media artists are core users of TWN programs many of which have been screened at major film festivals and aired on PBS.

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