Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023

Terri Francis

Terri Francis is associate professor in the School of Communication at the University of Miami
and the author of Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism (Indiana University Press, 2021). Francis
is a 2022 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grantee for her forthcoming book Make that
Art!: Kevin Jerome Everson’s Body of Work. Her art writing has appeared in exhibition catalogs
as well as the publications Mubi Notebook, Another Gaze, Bitch, Seen,
Revue Initiales:
Joséphine Baker
Directed by Women, Lithub, Salon, and Shadow and Act. Her writing about
black performance, film, and the conundrums of black representation has been featured in the
academic journals Film History, Black Camera, Transition, Feminist Media Histories, ASAP,
and Film Quarterly. From 201721 Francis directed the Black Film Center & Archive at Indiana
University and secured the donation of African filmmaker Paulin Soumanou Vieyra’s written
archive in addition to curating several film series, including Race Swap, Black Sun/White
Moon and Love! I’m in Love!, and hosting several speakers series. Francis is a frequent guest
speaker and panel moderator, and she delivered the 2021 Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture for the
National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. With Betsy Stirratt she cocurated and published the
catalog for the film installation Rough and Unequal: A Film by Kevin Jerome Everson. As a
member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Francis edited the
openaccess dossier Film Programming as Social Justice Work in the Wake of Covid19,
featuring essays from a programmers, platform founders, and writers about their work during the
summer of 2020.

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