AFROMYSTIC

A Documentary by Seyi Adebanjo

Afromystic CompiledAfromystic is an Afrosurrealism, docu-fiction (hybrid).Afromystic is the search for the Divine Love within.

Afromystic experiments with ritual, the erotic, and gender representation through indigenous Yorùbá spirituality.   The film will transform and re-appropriate mythology and desire for Queer, Trans & Gender Non Conforming (GNC) People Of Color ritualistically into images of our own creation for our survival.

The live action and animated film weaves together the real and imagined in “cinematic flux” or hybrid.

Desire/ erotic is rooted in love, creative power and harmony.  The film will follow practitioners and priest/ess (West African Yorùbá spirituality, Candomblé, Lucumi, Sango Baptist, Vodun)  in intimate cinema verité, with stylized interviews, to be dramatically reenacted by performance artists and animated.  This work will be in line with artist/activist Marlon T. Riggs Tongues Untied.  The hybrid and lyrical documentary of Tongues Untied used scenes of fantasy, performance, testimonies, to affirm the lives of Black gay men and address institutional oppression.

 

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Seyi Adebanjo     Director/Co-Producer:

Seyi Adebanjo is a Queer gender-non-conforming Nigerian MFA artist.   Seyi is a media artist who raises awareness around social issues through digital video, multimedia photography and writings.  Seyi is on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch – Open Arts. Seyi has been an artist in resident with Allgo. Seyi has exhibited at the Longwood Art Gallery & the Leslie-Lohman Museum.  Seyi is currently a fellow with AIM at the Bronx Museum and has been a fellow with The Laundromat Project, Queer/Art/Mentorship, Maysles Institute, & IFP.  Seyi’s powerful short Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles has screened on PBS Channel 13 and continues to screen globally.  The documentary ?ya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa!  is screening globally and on a speaking tour.

Adefunke Faly     Researcher:

Adefunke Faly is a public health professional with a passion for health equity and social justice. She studied at both McGill University and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is of Yoruba descent with an avid interest in stories and myths.

Sterling Toles     Sound:

Sterling Toles is a sonic and visual artist that emerged from
Detroit’s hip hop scene.  He was educated completely in Detroit’s Cass Corridor before attending the College for Creative Studies where he received a BFA in Illustration.  Seeing the creative process as the seed of collective healing, his personal creativity has led him to creating media projects with youth through Detroit Summer, and art
therapy with youth in the Rosa Parks youth Program.  His beginnings as a hip hop artist have evolved into producing music for acts essential to Detroit’s music community such as Boldy James, and Invincible.  He has scored short films and documentaries including Our School and Brewster Douglass: You’re My Brother.  Sterling uses visual and audio expression as a process of transcending identity to cultivate the ubiquity of love.  His work is a means to undo conditioning to allow
the purest reception of the intuitive voice.  Sterling is a 2016 Kresge Fellow.

CG Foisy     Sound:

CG Foisy comes from a music and sound background; his compositions and sound design pieces have appeared on the NYC stage at 92Y, Symphony Space, and on screen at Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, and DOC NYC.  He works across a range of music, sound, photo, and film projects; h has collaborated with cherished NYC programs like Cinema 16 and WFMU radio.  Writes, records, releases music with Brooklyn band Crown the Invisible

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