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Filmmaker Julie Dash conducts guest faculty residency at Wayne State...
USA Today, 2/22; Detroit Free Press, 2/24
"Filmmaker Julie Dash's cinematic poetry inspires"
by Cassandra Spratling
Groundbreaking artist shares storytelling techniques, challenges with Wayne State University students.
As soon as photographer and aspiring filmmaker Karen Sanders heard that Julie Dash would be teaching a special filmmaking class at Wayne State University this semester, Sanders knew for sure she'd made the right decision to move back home to Detroit from Edinburg, Texas. "I'm a huge fan of Julie's work," says Sanders, an adjunct professor at Marygrove College and one of Dash's students at Wayne. "I love her visual sensibility and her ability to tell a moving story." "To have a filmmaker, an artist of her stature who is committed and focused on a very clear vision of what representation of African-American women is all about is really important for our community as well as our students," says Juanita Anderson, Wayne State's director of film and digital media initiatives. "I often refer to Julie as somebody who has changed the landscape of American cinema. … The fact that she can draw upon African cultures from around the world to create a cinematic language, I think, is indeed special."
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 1/24
Two African Americans named to endowed chairs
Julie Dash was named to the 2013 Bob Allison Endowed Chair in Media at Wayne State University. This semester she is teaching two courses in the Department of Communication. Her film “Daughters of the Dust,” was the first movie in general theatrical release that had an African American woman director.
Detroit Free Press, 1/24
'Holy Motors' is one hot cinematic ride
by John Monaghan
Filmmaker Julie Dash appears with her 1991 "Daughters of the Dust" at 7 tonight at the Detroit Film Theatre for an event sponsored by Wayne State University. "Daughters" is a textured family drama that explores the African-American Gullah people who live in relative isolation on islands off the coast of the southeast U.S.