Black Lens Filmmaker Fellowship
Public Media Network is offering a unique opportunity to emerging and professional Black Creatives seeking to develop and further their capacity as filmmakers, media artists, and media changers. Public Media Network is partnering with people rooted in the community that are invested in changing the narrative through media and film. Often what’s reflected in mainstream media depicts a monolithic perception of the lived black experience in America. We want you to help change that through your Black Lens.
The Black Lens Media Artist/Filmmaker Fellowship is a program designed to provide learning experiences that amplify the black voices that have roots in the Kalamazoo, MI community. Black Lens Fellowship participants demonstrate an intentional interest in media artistry and a passion for professional development in the industry of film and media arts.
The Black Lens Media Artist/Filmmaker Fellowship is platforming 6 Black creators to display what ‘Narrative Change’ looks like in the Black film and media community. How can your creative voice and media production impact the way Black culture is portrayed?
Over the course of 12-months (January - December 2022) Black Lens Fellows will have the opportunity to engage and experience masterclasses, workshops, festivals, develop professional mentoring relationships, produce a media project and present at community workshops and a Community Screening. All fellow positions are stipend supported ($2500).
This program is supported in part by funding from The Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation and The Stryker Johnston Foundation. The program is further supported by our municipal partners including the City of Kalamazoo, City of Parchment, City of Galesburg, Oshtemo Township, Comstock Township, and Kalamazoo Township.