Harriet's Gun Media


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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My short film “Bumming Cigarettes” has just been awarded a 2014 PIFVA Finishing Fund Grant Award!!! Background: I completed the production and premiered Bumming Cigarettes summer of 2012. This past March 2014 the CDC published a report on the first known medical case of the transmission of HIV between two women in their 40s that occurred in August 2012 in Houston, TX. The infected partner had been on treatment for H.I.V. from early 2009 to late 2010 but had stopped taking the drugs and the women engaged in unprotected sex leading to one of the women becoming infected with the virus. When I was on the road for the past two years at film fests and screenings speaking about my film  during Q&A’s I constantly had to defend the notion that this was a far fetch idea for a woman to contract HIV from another woman intimately. I had personally heard of stories of lesbian and queer women who had acquired HIV from their partners, but without medical validity these cases remained as myths. With this recent announcement I now have a chance to not only engage the medical community, but also push for the use of the film to encourage dialogue around the issue. I also now can align the film’s narrative with facts that could aid in the advocacy for more targeted testing in a community that I greatly care about via the distribution of the short film online and via special edition DVD in early 2015.


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W A I T Exhibition Opening at Project 4 on May 17th in Washington, DC: featuring works by E. JanechukwumaaTiona McClodden, and Larry Cook and sound sets by Exaktly + chukwumaa 

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W A I T Exhibition Opening at Project 4 on May 17th in Washington, DC: featuring works by E. Jane, chukwumaa, Tiona McClodden, and Larry Cook and sound sets by Exaktly + chukwumaa

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My short film Bumming Cigarettes is mentioned in this article detailing the inclusion of the history of HIV/AIDS within cinema on Cineaste Magazine’s website.

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.

WATCH: Bumming Cigarettes Film Trailer


Yesterday I sent an email to Kimberly Mcleod regarding a complimentary ticket to ELIXHER’s “Body Issue” Release Party ft. cover girl Janet Mock, which is set to take place this Friday in Brooklyn at Galapagos, for my friend and photographer Texas, professionally know as King Texas.

Kimberly called me shortly after the email and off top hostile and defensive, implying that there had been a miscommunication in regards to Texas “expecting” a ticket to the event and that she wanted to get an understanding of where the “tone” in my conversation was coming from.

Here is the email I sent verbatim:

“Greetings Kim,

I was with Texas this past weekend and I was made aware that he was not offered a ticket to the magazine launch event this upcoming friday.

I would like to ask if you can provide him with a complimentary ticket to the event so that he can attend the party with me and my date. Texas is not only a friend but did me a great favor by squeezing me in to his schedule to shoot me for the magazine.

Thank you and i can be reached at XXX-XXX-XXXX”

Kimberly started the conversation by saying how many people were hitting her up for tickets and how she is just trying to stay afloat, and a lot of other stuff about being in the red, etc. I interjected by letting her know I could care less about this, primarily because this is a business for profit and I am not those aforementioned “people” (read: opportunists). I am someone who was asked to pose nude in her for profit magazine, paid my own way to and from the shoot without an offer of reimbursement, and that what I requested was in the very email that she was calling me about.

Over the 20-minute conversation (which was not cool calm and collected on either of our parts), I heard nothing that I expected or even wanted to hear. This may come off as a bold statement, but I asked a basic question and expected a basic answer, honestly. This is the same question I asked when I requested that I receive an extra ticket for my date. I got a simple answer of “yes” back. Also, as someone who put in time out of my own schedule and money out of my own pocket to support Elixher, I have no time for talk of financial struggle given my own background as an independent filmmaker for over a decade.

Here’s some background for context:

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black./womyn. free screening happening now. #brooklyn #skylightgallery


Please join us for the closing reception of:

"You May Sit Beside Me: Visual Narratives of Black Women and Queer Identities"

Photography by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1424151054521581/

We will also screen black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent a feature-length documentary focusing on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various background produced and directed by Tiona McClodden. www.harrietsgunmedia.com

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 - 6:30pm

Restoration Plaza - Skylight Gallery - 3rd Floor
1368 Fulton St between Brooklyn and New York Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11216 
A, C train to Nostrand Avenue
Phone: 718-636-6900



I’m currently exploring themes such as biomythography, re-memory, and magical realism which I’m using as aids in challenging my personal methods of delivering visual narrative through the use of film and video. Biomythography, is a term coined by poet and author Audre Lorde in her book, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Biomythography is rooted in intersectional practice and encourages “toeing the line” of myth, historical references, and biography in epic narrative form. It’s all about standpoint and one’s personal point of view of the world in an objective and subjective space, simultaneously. With my experimental series Be Alarmed, I’ve created a conceptual epic film and visual art work rooted in my personal familial history, my current biography, and themes that may relate to the greater African-American experience.

My series Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic has given me room to place my physical self within my work both literally and figuratively. This is a series derived from my experience watching film trailers at a time in my childhood where I was not allowed to watch a great number of films due to parental censorship. During this period of time I came to see the film trailers that played before the films I had access to as the film “itself”. Be Alarmed as a series will be comprised of four parts, with the first part being Movement I - The Visions and each series contains a set of trailers and scenes that will eventually function as the overall film. Except in this case there is no full linear film, just trailers, scenes, and film stills that give insight to the overall narrative arc of the “film”.

Be Alarmed is an epic film. An epic film is a genre of film that emphasizes human drama on a grand scale, is often set during a time of societal crisis, and covers a long range of time. With Be Alarmed I am deconstructing and exploring this idea alongside the format of film trailers which will include key elements of my personal familial history in America from the 1930s to present day. With each movement within the series to accompany the trailers I have also created a series of sculptures and artifacts that are situated within the narrative of the film, creating my own Black Americana in the form of sculptural artifacts that also serve as film memorabilia within the film that aid in the telling of the overall narrative story. With each artifact there is an integral sentimental value embedded within these objects’ due to their relationship and use within the film, therefore making them also a part of the overall films narrative. I am also taking a look at the idea and genre of an epic film and what that looks like if deconstructed to represent a larger work through the use of the shorter film sequence format.

Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions

Tiona McClodden

January 1, 2014

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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/



Black Weirdo Of The Week 14: Tiona McClodden

Tiona McClodden

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
Tumblr: www.tionam.com
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!