The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project
Filmmaker Tiona McClodden and publisher Lisa C. Moore announce their collaboration for a feature-length film, “Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project.” UBLEP will highlight interviews with black lesbian elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s from across the United States and situate them in a range of black historical movements, spanning the decades between the 1930s and 1980s. The film will feature 8-10 profiles of elders, and show accompanying archival footage and personal ephemera that will reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history. UBLEP will also bring to light a number of black lesbian underground movements, solidifying a black lesbian presence within overall American black history.
Tiona McClodden is a multimedia artist who works in film, new media and visual art. She considers her work “black social realism” and aims to fight the hyper-realistic imagery that can lead to the silencing of marginalized communities; she hopes to make the invisible visible and to humanize her subjects. McClodden is the executive producer and director of the award-winning feature-length documentary, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent. She is currently in production on two feature-length documentary films, as well as an experimental short series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic.
Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of RedBone Press, which publishes work celebrating the culture of black lesbians and gay men and promoting understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream. Moore is the editor of does your mama know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, and co-editor of Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity. She is board president of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization for LGBT writers of African descent.