Stand Strong Against Cancer: Our Hearts Go Out To Gina Dawson


Gina Dawson a long time member of the Medea Project is battling Myeloma – the same kind of cancer Iconoclast Productions founding member Carolyn Saulson has been fighting since 2009. Our hearts go out to Gina. As many of you know, Iconoclast Productions recently lost cameraman Robert Saulson to liver cancer. Cancer is devastating. 

From Rhodessa Jones’ Facebook page, this message regarding the upcoming fundraiser for Gina Dawson at Brava:

Time is winding up for Gina’s benefit( 1/25) please donate and or come to the benefit – buy tickets on line at I will be hosting this event with pride and joy laced with spicy irreverence! I look forward to seeing everybody there! Life is lot and Gina has always taught me so much about grace under fire! The question for the evening is : How has art saved your life? I am so pleased to know that Idris AckamoorTraci Bartlow, Amara T. Smith,Marvin K. WhiteFrederick Harris and Keith Hennessy to name a few will share wisdom, mind, music and movement – all blessings to the life of Gina Dawson. We are going to have a funky good time! in the spirited struggle life must flow…

If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, there is also an online donation site here:

Multiple Myeloma is the second most common bone marrow cancer after Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and it affects African Americans at a rate twice that of the general population. That is why the National Black Church Initiative has started an awareness campaign:

We would also like to let you know about

Rhodessa Jones’ lifetime achievement award:

2013 Mayor’s Art Award Celebration
HonoringRhodessa Jones

ImageJanuary 29, 2013
Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee
and the SFAC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
details / RSVP
Mayor Lee will present the 2013 Mayor’s Art Award to the venerable  Rhodessa Jones for her lifetime of artistic achievement and enduring commitment to the role of the arts in civic life.

January 2013 – Iconoclast Productions Newsletter

Welcome to the New Year. This will be the year of our 20th Anniversary.

Beloved videographer Robert Saulson Passes

As we at Iconoclast Productions enter 2013, it is with a heavy heart at the loss of one of the members of the Saulson family, Robert Allen Saulson: the father of one of our founding members (Sumiko S. California) and the ex-husband of another (Carolyn Saulson). Robert was also the father of Scott Saulson. Here is a photo of the four in 1993, the year Iconoclast Productions was founded:

The Saulsons in 1993 (Culver City, California) Scott, Carolyn, Robert & Sumiko

Robert was best known to many community members as a camera man and videographer involved with documenting community events in the Fillmore/Western Addition and BayView over the past 20 years. Tenderloin residents knew him as “Pops” and often saw him with his kids and grandkids near his home a few buildings over from Glide Church on Ellis Street.

His full obituary is in the San Francisco Bayview Paper:

Twentieth Anniversary of Iconoclast Productions

Our CCSF Juneteenth Event – June 2009 at City College of San Francisco

Iconoclast Productions was founded on March 19, 1993 – and this coming March will mark the 20th Anniversary of the non-profit organization. Iconoclast Productions is a 501(c)(3) media arts non-profit organization, founded in 1993 in San Francisco’s Western Addition / Fillmore district, for the purpose of assisting African American artists and artists with disabilities in the production, creation, and promotion of works in the media and multimedia arts, including independent film, video, music, and animation.

Iconoclast Productions was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2001.
This San Francisco, California based organization produces two annual events – both taking place in the month of February – the Iconoclast San Francisco Black Independent Film Festival, and the African American Multimedia Conference. Iconoclast Productions sponsors City College’s African American Media Art Association – established in Fall 2008.
For more information about Iconoclast, visit our website:
And fan us on Facebook:

Black History Month Events for SF AAHCS

Iconoclast Productions would like to make you aware of the upcoming Black History Month events for the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society – Save the Date!

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑