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Project of the Day: ‘Invisible Universe’

Project of the Day: 'Invisible Universe'

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“Invisible Universe” 

Tweetable Logline: A history of blackness in speculative fiction. 

Elevator Pitch: This feature-length documentary explores a history of representations of Black people in fantasy, horror and science fiction, or speculative fiction, books, movies and comics. It compares and contrasts the works of White and Black creators and examines in detail works of Utopian fiction, zombie films, black SF writers, comic books, and Blaxploitation era films, as well as the growing Afrofuturism movement. This documentary ultimately reveals that though the dominant producers of these works tended to erase Black people from the pasts, presents, and futures in their narratives, Black creators recognized these omissions and created a “universe” of their own.

Production Team:

Producer/Director: M. Asli Dukan

Cinematographers: Mira Steinzor, Yvie Raij, Olive Demetrius

About the Production: I began Invisible Universe while attending a Black Sci-Fi writers conference at Howard University in 2003. The invited guests were Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due and Nalo Hopkinson. Octavia was also the guest of honor and did a separate talk and Q&A session. I had been a fan of hers, since reading her Xenogenesis trilogy when I was 18, where the protagonist was Black and female, so it was a pleasure to meet her. Originally, the project was about Black SF writers, but since I loved film and comics, I later added those topics to the documentary.

Current Status: Production will be completed in February 2014 and post-production will begin immediately after in March. I am currently fundraising for post-production costs with Indiegogo.

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page 


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