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HGM's mission is to produce and distribute works of art across a range of media platforms that examine, explore, and critique issues at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.
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Tiona McClodden: Film Screening & Director’s Talk Bumming Cigarettes & Selected FILMS

Philly Queer Media | 2014 Media Activism Series

The Rotunda | 4014 Walnut Street |Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sunday | April 13, 2014 | FREE ADMISSION | 5pm 
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/626388330763376/

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Black Weirdo Of The Week 14: Tiona McClodden

Name:
Tiona McClodden

From:
Born in Blytheville, AK. Raised in Greenville, SC. Living in Philadelphia, PA.

Mini Bio:
I produce and distribute my work through my film and media imprint, Harriet’s Gun Media. Most of my work examines the queer black experience in the most specific ways and broad ways simultaneously.  My work takes a look social realism, re-memory and more recently biomythography. I’m trying to build a decent body of work and so far I’ve completed these films- black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, a short narrative film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental film portrait, roots.|&|rigor. featuring my buddy and Philly based sculpture artist Lorna Williams. I also just had my first solo exhibition of the first part of my upcoming four part series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions which I plan to mount in a few cities this year. I try to stay working for the most part.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
Filmmaker and visual artist. I produce conceptual narrative work-I’m into that “head to the hand” art thing and I’m constantly trying to work that out through motion picture format and now through physical production using my hands. I’m in a transition from primarily documentary moving into this hybrid fiction/non-fiction place of work. I’m into producing “insider art”.

How long have you been working on your craft?
Professionally since 2002 when I quit working at a café, dropped out of college, and started working with a mentor at the time.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
I’m cool with fucking around with the formula that makes me who I am. I’m black, queer, woman, and a bunch of other shit and I refuse to partition my shit. I’m definitely about Black Excellence at all times, no matter the form of work or presentation. I’m anti square shit and monolithic. I embrace my weirdness and that of other folks. I move in my body and work with all these things at the same time unapologetically. I think the idea of Black Weirdo is fitting because it has no limitations really, there is no blueprint, and so I’m down for it.

Links/Social Media
Instagram:
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Website: harrietsgunmedia.com

Upcoming events/ projects?
I’m creating some new work with some of my fellow artists and friends called #DRUGMONEYBOUGHTTHISDRESS which is looking at black artists, the work we produce, accessibility to that work and class politics. Still screening my short Bumming Cigarettes and working on my second installment of my Be Alarmed film series, The Seamstress. Finishing up a script to my experimental narrative fiction feature Flowers which will feature black queer femme identified folks as the main protagonists. And working on a music video project with you folks-THEESatisfaction for your new album!

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Thanks to you all for getting Bumming Cigarettes out there! Its coming down at midnight, but i’m throwing this up as a thank you for supporting!!!

AVAILABLE TO VIEW UNTIL MARCH 15, 2014 MIDNIGHT.

BUY THE DVD —-> harrietsgunmedia.com/blackwomynfilm

black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent

black./womyn.:conversations… features interviews with close to 50 out, Black lesbians including Poet/Author Cheryl Clarke, Filmmaker/Activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poet/Author Staceyann Chin, Filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, Artist Hanifah Walidah, Hip-Hop Duo KIN, and Author Fiona Zedde. This film encourages progressive dialogue about images of Black lesbians and the stereotypes resulting from their portrayal in media and society at large. The director’s goal was to create conversation among Black lesbians of differing age groups.

Directed by Tiona McClodden, 2008. TRT: 90mins.

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Thanks to you all for getting Bumming Cigarettes out there! Its coming down at midnight, but i’m throwing this up as a thank you for supporting!!!

AVAILABLE TO VIEW UNTIL MARCH 15, 2014 MIDNIGHT.

BUY THE DVD —-> harrietsgunmedia.com/blackwomynfilm

black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent

black./womyn.:conversations… features interviews with close to 50 out, Black lesbians including Poet/Author Cheryl Clarke, Filmmaker/Activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poet/Author Staceyann Chin, Filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, Artist Hanifah Walidah, Hip-Hop Duo KIN, and Author Fiona Zedde. This film encourages progressive dialogue about images of Black lesbians and the stereotypes resulting from their portrayal in media and society at large. The director’s goal was to create conversation among Black lesbians of differing age groups.

Directed by Tiona McClodden, 2008. TRT: 90mins.

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AVAILABLE TO VIEW UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

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Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic
Movement I - The Visions
Tiona McClodden

Bonus Scene,SCENE V, One year and seven days

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Bumming Cigarettes is a short film about a brief and intimate meeting between a young Black lesbian woman who is in the process of taking an HIV test and a middle aged Black Gay HIV Positive man. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test to put her worst fears to rest. What she experiences during her trip to a local clinic is much more than she expects while sharing a cigarette with a stranger, Jimmy, during the 10 minutes that she awaits her test results.

Alia Hatch makes a strong debut in this short film, as a young Black lesbian woman looking to discover her status. This is a breakthrough performance for James Tolbert, a native Philadelphian and professional actor living with HIV for 21 years. Alia and James deliver a moving performance in this film that explores complex issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic including the loss of intimacy and stigma that persons living with HIV/AIDS may encounter, while also encouraging awareness around HIV/AIDS testing and the way we treat persons living with the disease.

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if i get 100 reblogs on the Bumming Cigarettes short film ill throw up my first film black./womyn. for 24hrs in full.

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*extensive review of my first solo exhibition, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic at Esther Klein Gallery.

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Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic Movement I - The Visions | ARTIST TALK with Tiona McClodden

SATURDAY MARCH 8, 2014 | 3PM

Esther Klein Art Gallery 
3600 Market St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

On View until March 15, 2014 

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Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions | ARTIST TALK w/ Tiona McClodden SAT.| MAR. 8, 2014 | 3PM

Esther Klein Gallery | 3600 Market St. | Philadelphia, PA 19104

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