October 17, 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm
RSVP: Filmmakers Awards
On Wed., Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm, Reel Sisters and the Kumble Theater will celebrate the 20thAnniversary of Naked Acts at our Filmmaker Awards Reception. Join us for an enchanting evening of film and conversation with master storyteller Director Bridgett M. Davis, a Reel Sisters alumna, and presentation of awards to our winning filmmakers. Clairesa Clay, founder of Blerd City, will moderate the discussion on the film. The event will be held at the Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn (On Flatbush Ave., bet. DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.). Event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please RSVP in advance.
Director: Bridgett M. Davis, Narrative, Length: 1 hour, 27 min.
Theatrically released in 1998, Naked Acts is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a seminal film exploring Black women’s sexuality, body image, and artistic pursuit. Beautiful aspiring actress Cicely (Jake-ann Jones), who recently lost 57 pounds, has just landed her first role in a low-budget art film. She soon learns that the role requires a nude scene. Her dilemma: How to keep her clothes on and keep her part? Cicely launches on a personal journey that unveils a secret she once kept hidden beneath her girth. Along the way, she discovers that emotional nakedness is far more revealing than taking off her clothes could ever be. Starring Renee Cox, Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Jake-ann Jones.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the forthcoming memoir, The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life In The Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown / January 2019), her first nonfiction book.
She is also writer/director of the critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film Naked Acts, theatrically released in 1998. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the film and its elements are now housed in the permanent collection of Indiana University’s distinguished Black Film Center/Archive.
Naked Acts was touted by Variety as “fresh, funny and original,” and as an “off-beat, razor-sharp comedy” by The New York Times. The film screened at 25 international festivals in the US, Europe, South America and Africa and won key awards before having its theatrical, DVD and Netflix release. Naked Acts is included in the seminal anthology, “The 50 Most Influential Black Films.”
Davis is the author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral. As a professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at CUNY’s Baruch College, she teaches creative, film and narrative writing, and directs the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. Davis is co-founder and curator for Words@Weeksville, a monthly reading series held at Weeksville Heritage Center in Central Brooklyn.
A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Davis has written for a host of publications, including The Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and Wall Street Journal. Her work has most recently appeared in The Millions, Salon, O, The Oprah Magazine, Women’s Review of Books, The Root and LitHub.