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April 22, 2024
Alumni in the Arts | IGNITE Series
Join Brown alumna Catherine Gund ‘88 for a preview screening of her new film.

An IGNITE Series Alumni in the Arts Event

Take part in an evening of cinematic revelation and deep contemplation.

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium
Monday, April 22, 2024, 6:00pm

Followed by a post-screening conversation

Presented in partnership with Brown's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Join Brown alumna Catherine Gund ‘88 for a preview screening of her new film, MEANWHILE, narrated by Jacqueline Woodson.  In this groundbreaking, immersive, nonlinear cinematic journey, artists' expressions blend with historical and observational footage to unveil the profound impact of white supremacy on our human connections. 

Led by the dynamic team of Jacqueline Woodson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erika Dilday, Mar Trevino, and Catherine Gund, this collaborative masterpiece weaves together diverse visions, poignantly sharing how race, racism, and resistance shape our collective breath, not just in moments of crisis, but in the enduring, pervasive legacy of that risk. 

Post-screening conversation introduced by Professor Tricia Rose (director, CSREA), featuring Catherine Gund (director), Erika Dilday (producer) and Professor Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo (Advisor).

Watch The Trailer! 

“ This is not a love letter to this country. But to us inside this country. We see us. We love us. We make eye contact and nod to us. ”


Writer: Jacqueline Woodson
Composer: Meshell Ndegeocello
Director: Catherine Gund
Producer: Erika Dilday
Editor: M. Trevino
Animator: Yannick Lowery
Cinematographer: Jia Li, Catherine Gund, Emerson Mahoney
Executive Producers: Melony & Adam Lewis, Jack Shear, Mickalene Thomas

Additional Support: Ford Foundation/JustFilms, National Endowment for the Arts, Brown University/CSREA, Gotham Film & Media Institute, and many individuals.


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