2014 LAFF Review: Dreams Are Colder Than Death


What does it mean to be Black in America today? Legendary cinematographer and director Arthur Jafa tears this question down to its roots with his signature imagery and narration from a few friends and colleagues including Kara Walker, Hortense Spillers, Fred Moten, Kathleen Cleaver, Charles Burnett, Wangechi Mutu, Saidiya Hartman, Kathleen Arthur Fielder, Jr., Nicole Fleetwood, Samuel Young (most of whom also served as Producers) This narrative documentary begins with the "dream" of Dr. Martin Luther King and ends with the one of the many marches for Trayvon Martin (the young man slain who allegedly looked suspicious for wearing a hoodie)

After the World Premiere screening at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, Jafa spoke of his investment in the term "abnormativity", which is the reversal of accepted aesthetic qualities of art, music, film and life by seeing things that have been deemed "bad" as good.

As Hortense Spillers proclaims at the start of this film, "We are going to lose this black culture unless we are careful".


Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!