Worthy Wednesday (on Thursday): An Intern’s View~ Spotlighting Julie Dash

We apologize for the late Worthy Wednesday, we had a minor computer glitch yesterday… We were able to fix it this mooring. Enjoy the third spotlight by #PaulinaTheIntern


I’m not a big History guru. I like to live in the present and ponder what the future holds. However every now and then I stumble into some piece of history that really frustrates me and makes me really contemplate how and why things take so long to get where they are. Today’s Piece of History:

Julie Dash was the FIRST African-American Woman with a general theatrical release for a full-length feature film in 20 1992.

Julie Dash is a New York native. She was born and raised in Queens under the care of her father and grandmother. Her grandma and father were from the Sea Island of Georgia, where the African culture was very prominent. They raised Dash with some of the cultures traditions, keeping her in touch with her roots, which will later influence her future work as an artist.

Dash gained in interest in film at an early age. She temporarily attended college as a psychology major, but quickly changed once she was accepted into the film school at Leonard Davis Center of the Performing Arts. She went on later to study at other well regarded film schools such as the American Film Institute and UCLA, where she was a member of the L.A Rebellion.

The L.A Rellion was a film movement by young African-American film students who attended UCLA, from 1960’s-1980’s. Their goal was to create an alternative to classic Hollywood, one that would represent their roots and culture. It would come to be known as Black Cinema.

After Dash graduated, she was inspired by black novelists to start creating narratives, where in the past she had been focusing on documentaries. This shift in focus would eventually lead to her biggest success of Daughters of the Dust in 1992. The movie was about a Gullah women living in the Sea of Islands, hitting a very close to home.

Dash moved on to do several music videos and for T.V movies. She continues to work, keeping her L.A Rebellion mindset and creating films that represent and give a voice to her culture.  She recognizes that minorities have been silenced in the Hollywood community and wants to be a part of that essential change!



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