Queer Women of Color Filmmakers

Saturday, June 15, 2024
5 PM

Doors open at 4:30 PM.

UNSHAKEABLE LEGACY explores the steadfast creativity and commitment of queer women of color filmmakers. Moderated by QWOCMAP’s founder and Executive/Artistic Director Madeleine Lim, this panel spotlights Mary Guzman, Melinda James, Tina Mabry, and Jennifer Phang, filmmakers who’ve worked across the industry in everything from independent films to networks and streamers, from new queer cinema, music videos, and evening drama to superheroes and sci fi.

The panel dives into the past 20 years, mapping what has or has not changed as well as where the needle might have shifted. It also navigates a vision of the next 20 years, looking beyond representation and inclusion to what just and compelling filmmaking can be in order to create change. Asking what we want our legacies as queer women of color filmmakers to be in this world, this incisive panel promises to spark thought, fire new questions, and incite joy.


Mary Guzman

A Latina woman with short cropped gray hair and touches of white smiles at the camera. In a black t-shirt and blue button down, she sits against a teal wall.

Mary Guzman is a Latinx award-winning independent filmmaker and theatre director. Her first film After The Break (1994) screened around the world before being inducted into the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Her film Desi's Looking for a New Girl (2000) is the first Latina lesbian feature film. She’s currently working on her sophomore feature film, Lost Dog.

Melinda James

A Black and Thai woman with black earrings smiles with her head tilted to the right, leaning against a dark blue wall. She wears a black button down with a blue and white leaf design across it.

Melinda James is a Black and Thai cinematographer whose work has been featured at Sundance Film Festival, as well as on Hulu, Netflix, Disney Channel, Nike, FX, and Pandora. She was awarded an ASC Vision Mentorship with John Simmons, ASC. She is a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers, Spora, The Authority Collective, and Level Ground Collective.

Tina Mabry

A Black woman with long braids swept to one side smiles brightly at the camera. She wears a black and purple button up with a silver necklace.

Tina Mabry is an award-winning writer, director, and producer for television and film. Credits include Queen of the South (USA), Queen Sugar (OWN), Insecure (HBO), Dear White People (Netflix), and many more. Her groundbreaking film Mississippi Damned (2009) won countless awards on the film festival circuit. Tina won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs.

Jennifer Phang

An Asian woman with long black hair with blonde tips looks to the side. She is wearing a blue corduroy long sleeve, a hat that reads “CINEMOVES”, sunglasses, and headphones around her neck.

Jennifer Phang’s first feature Half-Life (2008) premiered at Sundance and her award-winning sophomore feature Advantageous (2015) was acquired by Netflix. She has since directed AppleTV’s Foundation, Resident Alien; Amazon’s The Boys, The Expanse; and HBOMax’s Emmy-nominated The Flight Attendant, among many others. She currently works as a director and co-executive producer for Disney’s Descendants: The Rise of Red.


Madeleine Lim

A medium skinned tone masculine person of Asian descent with black hair with a touch of grey. They are wearing a black leather jacket with a dark blue scarf, blue rimmed glasses, and standing in front of a 2023 BFI Flare LGBTQIA+ Film Festival backdrop. They are looking into the camera with a smile.

Madeleine Lim is QWOCMAP’s Founding Executive/Artistic Director and an award-winning independent filmmaker with 30 years of experience. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world. Her documentaries include Jewelle: A Just Vision (2022); The Worlds of Bernice Bing (2013); Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997) which continues to be banned in Singapore.

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