July 27: Maryland Morning Screen Test presents Pierre and Jamyla Bennu
Maryland Morning Screen Test film series presents Pierre and Jamyla Bennu
Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm
The Windup Space 12 W. North Ave., Baltimore
Admission is Free and Drinks are Cheap
Pierre and Jamyla Bennu aren’t just filmmaking partners. They’re a married couple, parents, artistic collaborators, co-owners of a natural hair and skin care product company, and proprietors of the culture-rich website exittheapple.com.
Their film oeuvre, like their lives, is busy and all-encompassing, including documentaries, animation, music videos, and narrative film. The Bennus’ films share a lovingly handmade feel, a sophisticated, provocative, and funny approach, and a talent for twisting history in a way that makes viewers rethink contemporary culture. (Take, for instance, Black Moses Barbie, a short video series featuring a gun-toting, trash-talking Harriet Tubman doll who helps slaves toward freedom in a most Chuck Norris-like manner.)
Maryland Morning arts and culture ace Tom Hall will talk with Pierre and Jamyla Bennu about their work in front of a live audience, and then we’ll screen a selection of clips from their films. We’ll save time at the end for audience questions and conversation.
As always, the Screen Test is free and open to the public. Maryland Morning will air Tom’s conversation with Pierre and Jamyla Bennu on Friday, July 29.
Our evening with the Bennus marks the start of the Screen Test’s second year. Last year, we got to know the work of many talented Maryland filmmakers, such as Matt Porterfield, the Robinson Brothers, Eric Dyer, and Catherine Pancake. You can check out the interviews from earlier Screen Tests—and see Christopher Moore‘s wonderful photos of the events—here.