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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Small Bites
This virtual form of our popular Science Fiction TV Dinner series presents short films from talented creators that invite us to explore a range of possible futures.

Our first Small Bite is "A Love Letter to the Ancestors from Chicago", an Afrofuturist dance film produced and directed by Ytasha Womack. Joining Ytasha in conversation is Grisha Coleman, an associate professor in ASU’s School of Arts, Media + Engineering and a time-based artist who works in performance and experimental media.

Oct 1, 2020 06:00 PM in Arizona

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Ytasha Womack
Filmmaker/Artist
Ytasha Womack is an author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dancer. She is the author of the books Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture, which was Locus Award finalist. In addition to A Love Letter to the Ancestors from Chicago, which won Best Experimental Film at the Collected Voices Festival, she has directed several other films, including Bar Star City and The Engagement. She has written a number of Afrofuturist novels, and she designs and leads Afrofuturist dance therapy programs for teens and adults. She hosts Utopia Talks, a series of virtual events on Afrofuturism, history, the future, and more, at https://instagram.com/ysolstar.
Grisha Coleman
Associate Professor
Grisha Coleman is an associate professor in the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University, and a time-based artist working in performance and experiential media. Her art and scholarly work, echo::system, is a springboard for re-imagining the environment, environmental change, and environmental justice. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Multi Arts Project Fund, the Surdna Foundation, and the Creative Capital Foundation. She performed as a member of the acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women and founded the music performance group HOTMOUTH.