Image: Scribe Video Center Partners with the African American Museum in Philadelphia for Special Screening Featuring Anna Russell Jones, Betty Leacraft and Betye Saar

Philadelphia, PA – July 23, 2021 – In Partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design Exhibition, Scribe Video Center presents an online screening of works celebrating pioneering visual and textile artists Anna Russell Jones, Betty Leacraft and Betye Saar on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM. 

Anna, Betty and Betye: 3 Women in Craft will include three short documentary film portraits of Anna Russell Jones, Betty Leacraft and Betye Saar, three women of African descent who have led trailblazing careers as artists, often using their work to make pointed and powerful political statements. The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design Exhibition is on view in person and online from May 6 to September 12, 2021. 

The screening of works will be followed by a post-film discussion with the filmmakers. The event will be held on-line, viewable on Scribe’s Crowdcast platform, followed by the filmmaker conversation on Zoom. 

Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business

Directed by Christine Turner

(USA, 2019, 9 min)

There’s no stopping the groundbreaking and legendary artist Betye Saar, even at age 93. Pushing boundaries for 70 years, this portrait of artist Betye Saar shows she isn’t done fighting inequality in her personal and powerful work. Inside her LA studio, Saar talks about collecting objects, African American history, art as a weapon, and making people think.

Betty Leacraft: Shape Shifter of Textiles

Produced by Jere Edmunds, Edited by Ellen Reynolds

(USA, 2021, 10 min)

Betty Leacraft is a "shape shifter of textiles," presenter, curator and educator who has led culturally inspired fiber/textile related workshops and residencies in tri-state area's under-served, under-resourced communities, colleges, public schools, libraries, prisons, senior centers, women's shelters, and re-entry and substance abuse programs. As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Leacraft's artistry and career continues to be a beacon of the city and beyond.

Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit

Directed by Nadine Patterson, Produced by Marlene G. Patterson

(USA, 1993, 26 min)

Meet Mrs. Anna Russell Jones, a textile designer in the 1920s and ‘30s, a member of the Women’s Army Auxilary Corps during World War II, and a nurse in the 1950s, she was a professional career woman ahead of her times.  Narrated by Toni Cade Bambara. Music by Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.

About Scribe Video Center - Scribe Video Center is a non-profit media arts education center located in Philadelphia. Founded in 1982, Scribe is dedicated to advancing the use of digital media as a progressive tool for social change through filmmaking workshops, community-based participatory video projects, and an extensive program of screening events highlighting local filmmakers. 

The Storyville Screening series at Scribe presents completed non-fiction media works and works-in-progress by time-based media artists (film, video, audio) in the Philadelphia area. The series is supported by the National Endowment Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Screenings at Scribe Video Center are curated by Programming Manager Marcellus Armstrong.

Event ticketing page: https://www.scribe.org/events/anna-betty-and-betye-3-women-craft

Philadelphia, PA – July 23, 2021 – In Partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design Exhibition, Scribe Video Center presents an online screening of works celebrating pioneering visual and textile artists Anna Russell Jones, Betty Leacraft and Betye Saar on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM. 

Anna, Betty and Betye: 3 Women in Craft will include three short documentary film portraits of Anna Russell Jones, Betty Leacraft and Betye Saar, three women of African descent who have led trailblazing careers as artists, often using their work to make pointed and powerful political statements. The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design Exhibition is on view in person and online from May 6 to September 12, 2021. 

The screening of works will be followed by a post-film discussion with the filmmakers. The event will be held on-line, viewable on Scribe’s Crowdcast platform, followed by the filmmaker conversation on Zoom. 

Betye Saar: Taking Care of BusinessDirected by Christine Turner(USA, 2019, 9 min)There’s no stopping the groundbreaking and legendary artist Betye Saar, even at age 93. Pushing boundaries for 70 years, this portrait of artist Betye Saar shows she isn’t done fighting inequality in her personal and powerful work. Inside her LA studio, Saar talks about collecting objects, African American history, art as a weapon, and making people think.

Betty Leacraft: Shape Shifter of TextilesProduced by Jere Edmunds, Edited by Ellen Reynolds(USA, 2021, 10 min)Betty Leacraft is a "shape shifter of textiles," presenter, curator and educator who has led culturally inspired fiber/textile related workshops and residencies in tri-state area's under-served, under-resourced communities, colleges, public schools, libraries, prisons, senior centers, women's shelters, and re-entry and substance abuse programs. As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Leacraft's artistry and career continues to be a beacon of the city and beyond.

Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering SpiritDirected by Nadine Patterson, Produced by Marlene G. Patterson(USA, 1993, 26 min)Meet Mrs. Anna Russell Jones, a textile designer in the 1920s and ‘30s, a member of the Women’s Army Auxilary Corps during World War II, and a nurse in the 1950s, she was a professional career woman ahead of her times.  Narrated by Toni Cade Bambara. Music by Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.

About Scribe Video Center - Scribe Video Center is a non-profit media arts education center located in Philadelphia. Founded in 1982, Scribe is dedicated to advancing the use of digital media as a progressive tool for social change through filmmaking workshops, community-based participatory video projects, and an extensive program of screening events highlighting local filmmakers. 

The Storyville Screening series at Scribe presents completed non-fiction media works and works-in-progress by time-based media artists (film, video, audio) in the Philadelphia area. The series is supported by the National Endowment Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Screenings at Scribe Video Center are curated by Programming Manager Marcellus Armstrong. 

Event ticketing page: https://www.scribe.org/events/anna-betty-and-betye-3-women-craft

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