Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023

Monica Freeman

Monica J. Freeman (she/her) is a filmmaker and film programmer based in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Freeman’s films include Valerie: A Woman, An Artist, and a Philosophy of Life (1975), A Sense of Pride: Hamilton Heights (1977), and Children’s Art Carnival: Learning Through the Arts (1979). Her films have shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Museum of the City of New York, FESPACO, and countless international venues. She has served as the executive director of the South Florida Black Film Festival in Miami and curated film programs for the Atlanta Black Film Festival and the Studio Museum of Harlem. Ms. Freeman earned a film MFA from Columbia University and is part of the Black Documentary Collective. She began her film career as part of Nafasi Productions, and she went on to start her own production company, MF Productions. In 1976, she programmed the films for the Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts. 

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