Four Films by Michelle Parkerson

Four Films by Michelle Parkerson

4 Episodes

For Michelle Parkerson, filmmaking and activism are inextricably entwined. Using her camera to bring untold stories of Black and queer female identity to the screen as a producer and director, Parkerson has profiled trailblazing performers and activists such as influential jazz singer Betty Carter, social-justice-oriented a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, and legendary drag performer Stormé DeLarverie, who played a key role in the Stonewall uprising. Her essential documentary works are presented alongside the Afrofuturist love story ODDS AND ENDS, in which Parkerson brings her concern for feminist and LGBTQ issues into the realm of science fiction.

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Four Films by Michelle Parkerson
  • . . . But Then, She’s Betty Carter

    Episode 1

    Directed by Michelle Parkerson • 1980 • United States

    This lively film is an unforgettable portrait of legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter. Refusing to bow to commercial demands throughout her long career, Carter forged an alternative criteria for success—including founding her own recording co...

  • Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey in the Rock

    Episode 2

    Directed by Joseph Camp • 1983 • United States

    This vibrant and engaging documentary produced by Michelle Parkerson profiles the a capella activist group Sweet Honey in the Rock. Singing to end the oppression of Black people worldwide, they embrace musical styles such as spirituals, blues, and c...

  • Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box

    Episode 3

    Directed by Michelle Parkerson • 1987 • United States

    “It ain’t easy . . . being green” was the favorite expression of Stormé DeLarverie, a woman who lived her life in defiance of prevailing attitudes regarding gender and race. During the 1950s and ’60s, she toured the Black theater circuit as a...

  • Odds and Ends

    Episode 4

    Directed by Michelle Parkerson • 1993 • United States

    In the year 2096, Black women warriors wage a battle against racial and gender annihilation. In this devastated universe, a fable unfolds on the interplanetary frontlines. Lieutenant Loz Wayard, a courageous young Amazon, learns the price of ...