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Oklahoma is Black - Video Installation & Documentary Short
BlackMagic Ursa Mini Pro 4K | Assortment of Vintage Lenses

‘Oklahoma is Black’ is one of 1 of 3 video installations created for Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's  solo exhibition 'Oklahoma is Black,' at
Oklahoma Contemporary. This work was site-specific and projected inside of a planetarium. The exhibition ran from February 21st - May 31st, 2019.

The installation is now being shown at film festivals as a documentary short.

Synopsis: ‘Oklahoma is Black’ is a portrait of Black life on the Northeast side of Oklahoma City. It is a meditation on the resilience of a community and the places in which it thrives, of its complexities and its nuances, and of its concern of what has passed and for what's to come.

Runtime: 4 minutes

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Melinda James
Co-Director/Producer: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Original Score: Emily McLean
Post-Production Sound: Jared Fellows
Creative Consultant: Susie Smith
With Support from Oklahoma Contemporary

  • DCA’s Reimagine Public Art’s Curatorial Showcase - “Songs for a Revolution.” Online.
  • Inaugural Black Diaspora Short Film Festival at DePaul University. Online.
  • Ambulanté. Online.

  • 16th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival. San Francisco, CA.
  • Maori Holmes Presents: “Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars”. Indiana University Bloomington. Bloomington, IN.
  • Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase. Huntington Beach, CA. 
  • SF Urban Film Festival. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. San Francisco, CA. [Co-Curator of the Program, ‘let me tell you what home looks like.’].

  • BlackStar: Best of the Fest 2019 at Colgate University. Hamilton, NY. 
  • Cucalorus Film Festival. Wilmington, NC.
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival. Memphis, TN. 
     *Best Documentary Short Nomination
  • New Orleans Film Festival. New Orleans, LA.
     *Best Documentary Short Nomination
  • BronzeLens Film Festival. Atlanta, GA.
  • DC Black Film Festival. Washington, DC.
     *Best Documentary Short Nomination
  • BlackStar Film Festival. The Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia, PA. [Premiere]
     *Best Documentary Short Nomination
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