Two ways to win: 60 Black Women in Horror [paperback]

Iconoclast Productions is proud to be involved with “60 Black Women in Horror” as its publisher. Enter to win a paperback copy of the book.

Sumiko Saulson

60 Black Women in Horror is available as a free eBook via Smashwords and over the next two months, will roll out to other distributors including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It will soon be available for free on Goodreads. The eBook contains bonus materials consisting of an essay and four short stories that are not in the print edition. The print edition is currently available for $5.50 on Createspace.  It will be rolling out to other distribution points over the next several weeks.

Giveaway on Goodreads

Win a free, signed copy of the paperback edition of 60 Black Women in Horror on Goodreads! You will need a Goodreads account to enter. You don’t have to “like” my author page there, but as long as you’re there of course I would appreciate it if you did.

Click here to enter to win:

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Iconoclast wants volunteers to paint tomorrow!

ImageIconoclast Productions volunteers will be on the corner of San Carlos and Courtland Avenues in Oakland. The nearest main streets are High Street and Foothill – this is behind the Fremont High School campus, about one block in from High Street and three blocks up from Foothill. Iconoclast Productions has adopted the corner – one of our board members adopted it through Adopt a Spot and we are going to re-paint the sculpture Walter Hood put there about twenty years ago.

Since then, the sculpture has gotten some graffiti, which was covered over with a darker gray paint. We want to restore it all to the original light gray.

Meet us there at 1 pm and help us get the sculpture painted!

Friends of Courtland Creek is donating the paint and brushes.

Iconoclast Productions connects with a broader community

Glamarama Tutu booth at the Summer Fiesta in Oakland

When Iconoclast Productions was founded in March 1993 in San Francisco’s Fillmore/Western Addition community, it had a very locally focused mission. The organizational goal was to bring media arts education and exhibition to the African American and disabled artists community and to close the digital divide that prevented these artists from fully utilizing the internet and digital media production technologies to display their works in music, film/video, and electronic arts such as animation and digitally produced or enhanced visual arts, but the served community was initially just the Fillmore/Western Addition.

Stagefright at Sunday Streets Berkeley

In 1997, the organization embarked on an initiative to expand its served public to include the BayView/Hunter’s Point area, the Tenderloin, and other places where there were large populations of African American and disabled artists. Due to the economic conditions affecting both African Americans and disabled communities, there was a lot of overlap in that the served communities quite frequently were found in large population centers in the poorest parts of San Francisco.

By 2001, due to gentrification and the rising property values and rental fees in San Francisco, the African American population was down to approximately half of what it was in 1990. With large segments of its served public forced to leave San Francisco, Iconoclast Productions needed to expand its geographic focus even further to include the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Iconoclast Productions is currently working on projects in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Vallejo.

The Accolade invites entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators.

Call for Entries

Film – Television – New Media
Deadline: June 28, 2013
Accolade Competition
Entry Form    Website    Email
Accolade is an independent, top-tier international film and television awards competition.



The Accolade invites entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.


Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators who produce fresh, standout productions.
Accolade award winners receive recognition and publicity within the industry and via media outlets.
Accolade is a well-known and influential award throughout the world.
The Accolade has recognized productions from all over the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Viet Nam.
High quality, stand-out productions are honored by various awards each year:
– Best of Show, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit

– Fast Focus Short Film Public Television Award


– In-kind $1500 production studio opportunity


– In-kind $10,100 post production opportunity


– Annual humanitarian award


– Free $350 statuette for Best of Show winner.


The Accolade Competition is user friendly.



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!

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