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DvRepublic.org is organized and hosted by BFF (aka Black Filmmaker Foundation)

DVRepublic.org exist as a self-validating, self-supporting online community of "citizens" who
monitor the intersection of media, technology, and social justice. As informed citizens, we engage in active online discussion in the "public square" of the DV Republic liberated zone.

DV Republic uses the Internet and New Media technology to connect this community and host the BFF Lab which develops and promotes digital filmmaking and interactive new media that is socially concerned, entertainment driven.

We regard the Internet as the liberated zone of the 21st century and the home of our DV Republic. "DV" stands for "digital video" and "dissident voices".

Welcome to the DV Republic,the liberated zone in cyberspace.
Our freedom is protected by you.
Warrington Hudlin
Founder & Chief
Hudlin@dvRepublic.org

Eugenie Louis-Joseph
Administration

Herb Flores
Tech Support http://www.dnacommunications.net/

Leba Haber
Digital Artist in Residence

C. Daniel Dawson
Resident Scholar

John Threat
Digital Artist in Residence

The operation and management of dvRepublic.org is made possible by pro bono or discounted services from the following strategic partners:
Web Design Kounterattack Design
Tech Support DNA Communications
Sponsorship Urban Marketing Corp. of America
Public Relations Terrie Williams Agency
Legal Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison
The Black Filmmaker Foundation received support from the following funders and sponsors:

Adobe Systems Inc.
CBS Television
Ford Foundation
Fox Television
Home Box Office
MTV Networks
Nathan Cummings Foundation
NBC Universal
Nielsen Media
The Walt Disney Company
Time Warner


Aaron McGruder
B. Keith Fulton
Christy Haubegger
Governor David Paterson
Harry Belafonte
Hassan Miah
Jeff Yang
Margaret Fung
Mary Schmidt Campbell
Michael Moore
Professor Cornell West
Professor Manthia Diawara
Rev. Eugene Rivers

Creator, "The Boondocks"
Verizon
Creative Artist Agency (CAA) Founder, Latina Magazine
State of New York
Entertainer/Human Rights Activist
Media Entrepreneur
Journalist, Author, Cultural Commentator
Asian American Legal Defense Fund
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Author, Activist, Filmmaker
Princeton University
New York University
Social Justice Activist

Established in 1978, the Black Filmmaker Foundation (BFF) is a non-profit organization that develops and administers programs that assist emerging filmmakers and build audiences for their work. For more than two decades, BFF has played a pivotal role in the emergence of the contemporary black film movement.

Milestones
1978
BFF is founded by Warrington Hudlin (filmmaker), Alric Nembhard, (business consultant), and George Cunningham (educator).
1979-1985
Produced "Dialogues with Black Filmmakers Summer Film Festival
1980
Organized First National Conference of Black Filmmakers (NYC)
1980-1985
Programmed or assisted the programming of Black Film retrospectives in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Italy, Jamaica, and 12 African Nations
1986-1996
Hosted one of oldest and one of the longest running monthly screenings series of black independent cinema. In its ten-year run, these monthly screenings were hosted in corporate screening rooms at HBO, Sony, Warner Bros, MGM, Tribeca Film Center; Walter Reade Cinema, and Planet Hollywood. In addition, BFF produced a workshop series that was hosted by the Schomberg Research Library, Hunter College, and New York University
1989
10th Anniversary celebration held at Brooklyn Academy of Music and hosted by CBS News Correspondent Ed Bradley and Supermodel Iman. The evening's entertainment featured rising young comic named Chris Rock.
1986-1996
BFF hosted a series of benefit screening of the new wave of black cinema including She Gotta Have It, Hollywood Shuffle, Tougher Than Leather, House Party, Five Heartbeats, New Jack City, Passenger 57,Strickly Business, A Rage in Harlem, Panther, Posse, Boomerang, Mo Money, The Great White Hype
1997-2001
BFF Co-founded and curated the Acapulco Black Film Festival
1997-present
Convenes the annual BFF Summit. (A close door retreat and business caucus of the most influential people of color in motion pictures and television industry)
1999
Launched dvRepublic.org, an online community built around public discussion and critique of popular media entertainment and production of activist media that is social concerned and entertainment driven
1999-2002
Produced the Pass the Torch speaker series and BFF Lab developed micro-budget digital films produced by filmmakers of color
2003
Tribeca Film Festival celebrates BFF's 25th Anniversary (Chris Rock, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Angela Basset, Courtney Vance, Rev. Al Sharpton, Melvin Van Peoples, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Darryl Chill Mitchell, Tom Freston, in attendance)
2005
BFF Lab Digital Artist in Residence Leba Haber wins Webby for Weapons of Misdirection, a ground breaking online narrative developed in the BFF Lab
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