Bay Area Black Independent Film Festival
The Bay Area Black Independent Film Festival started in 1997 as the Iconoclast Productions Black History Film Festival, a component to the African American Multimedia Conference that started a year earlier in 1996. Over the next four years, it would become increasingly evident that while the festival took place during Black History Month (initially, over the three day President’s Day Weekend) that the focus was not actually historical in nature, but that Independent Film was the aspect that distinguished the Iconoclast Film Festival from all others.
Now that Iconoclast Productions has expanded its activities to included Oakland, Berkeley, Vallejo, and other areas beyond San Francisco, the Bay Area Black Independent Film Festival the new name on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Iconoclast Productions in 2013.
The African American Multimedia Conference
The African American Multimedia Conference was established in 1993 – when the internet was still in its infancy and a matter of great concern was the Digital Divide. In 2013 – during the year of Iconoclast’s 20th Anniversary – the Conference is being re-envisioned as including an online resource component. The original Conference included workshops (in person) at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco, and panel discussions on Audio/Music, Video/Film, and Animation/Digital Media.
17 years later, the lines have blurred. Back in 1996, most of us were still using Super-8 cameras, and the advent of digital cameras involved digital tape, we were years away from the tiny memory cards we use today, that make it possible for cellphones (another technology still in its infancy at the end of the 90s) their own video and digital still cameras.
How do you think Iconoclast should reinvent itself for the future?