liquid blackness presents Amplify, a showcase and reflective discussion of GSU School of Film, Media, and Theater students’ creative videos and writings. These media objects were made in conversation with the rich tradition of black filmmaking and its intimate relationship to the politics inherent to black music and visual arts. Amplify holds that current crises — the anti-Blackness responsible for the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and many others, misogynoir and transphobia, COVID 19 and the resultant rampant unemployment — are systemically linked. Amplify grows out of a need to grapple with their root causes and in solidarity with cross-racial demonstrations. Responding to our students’ voices, Amplify seeks to foster an artistic and critical dialogue concerning moving images as a tool for voices that are often invisible even though imperative to these conversations. Through students’ media production and writing, we aim to discuss the ways in which the creative process of media-making can become a tool for advocacy, protest, reflection, healing, and community-building.
Our first event, Amplify One, will be held on Thursday, July 16, at 7 pm with more details forthcoming. Amplify is a project of Film, Media, and Theater faculty (listed alphabetically): Susan-Sojourna Collier, Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, Dr. Jade Petermon, Dr. Alessandra Raengo.