The TBH Blog: MEET PROJECT ROW HOUSES' RYAN DENNIS

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Project Row Houses' own Art Director and Curator. The Houston based non-profit organization focuses on giving local African American artists a presence in the community through the preservation of the historical neighborhood of Third Ward. The vision of Project Row Houses is like no other here in Houston, an oil and gas business city which is thriving economically. The huge increase of the population over the past several years of young professionals in the city has brought along an insurgence of artists as well. I talked to Ryan Dennis about how Project Row Houses aids in the growth of the artist community and the recent artist talk event led by Producer and Cinematographer Arthur Jafa.

Free Press Houston: ARTHUR JAFA: DREAMS ARE COLDER THAN DEATH

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On November 14th, The Houston Cinema Arts Festival and Project Row Houses presented filmmaker and acclaimed cinematographer Arthur Jafa for a screening of Dreams are Colder Than Death followed by an artist talk.

Arthur Jafa has worked as a cinematographer on several films including the highly acclaimed films Crooklyn (1994) and Daughters of the Dust (1991). His recent documentary, Dreams are Colder than Death is described as an exceptional “stream of black consciousness” with soft slow visuals studying the black experience and unique stories of each person being interviewed. Shot and edited in six weeks in several cities, Jafa described wanting to make a movie about the black experiences of through an unfiltered lens. The film felt more authentic than a “scripted” documentary. He says he wanted his participants to say what they know, not what they think. Black people tend to have a very particular survival strategy when presented with the white gaze. He mentions, “pointing the camera is the white gaze.”