Black Star: Mila Adderley

“For me the future of black stardom lives on the margins, just ask undefeated black twitter, or the Moonlight. As an artist the way forward for me is, in my own language, share my access and dialogue with other voices, deeper histories. Mila was hands down the best actress to read for the part, I’m grateful to cast her (thank you Terrance) and see my words stand upright beautifully in the world. We’re often only given platforms when we have to perform our perceived ’otherness’, I consciously wanted to make a film that denied that without apology or explanation. Its a love letter to black women and a meditation on this moment, part lullaby part reprimand, part fear part defiance. I’m trying to make generous work that offers my audience oxygen in thought or aesthetic. I make objects, sentences, films, different muscles to lift this shifting idea I have of ‘story’. Michael’s character plays a non-binary heart to the lives conjured and the thread of pre-colonial Africa lives in his sculpture-as-performance moments that act as anchors or mirrors to her tumbling thoughts. But really tho, let me give Mila the last word "I reflect the greatness of knowing who I am as a woman and that is MAGIC. I belong.”.

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Black Star: Mila Adderley

For me the future of black stardom lives on the margins, just ask undefeated black twitter, or the Moonlight. As an artist the way forward for me is, in my own language, share my access and dialogue with other voices, deeper histories. Mila was hands down the best actress to read for the part, I’m grateful to cast her (thank you Terrance) and see my words stand upright beautifully in the world. We’re often only given platforms when we have to perform our perceived ’otherness’, I consciously wanted to make a film that denied that without apology or explanation. Its a love letter to black women and a meditation on this moment, part lullaby part reprimand, part fear part defiance. I’m trying to make generous work that offers my audience oxygen in thought or aesthetic. I make objects, sentences, films, different muscles to lift this shifting idea I have of ‘story’. Michael’s character plays a non-binary heart to the lives conjured and the thread of pre-colonial Africa lives in his sculpture-as-performance moments that act as anchors or mirrors to her tumbling thoughts. But really tho, let me give Mila the last word "I reflect the greatness of knowing who I am as a woman and that is MAGIC. I belong.”

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Stay Woke

'Stay Woke' (trailer)

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