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Artists and Writers at Work: Interview with S Torriano Berry

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At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon

At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon


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This episode features Professor S. Torriano Berry, an associate professor at Howard University’s Department of Radio, Television, and Film.  We will discuss his self-published novel TEARS, a study on racism and its indoctrination into children;  "Hellbound Train," 1929, James & Eloyce Gist's historic cinematic sermon that was rediscovered in fragments in a vault at the LOA that Berry resurrected; and "RICH" his UCLA project 2 film-part of the L.A. Rebellion Traveling Film Series. Professor Berry is an award-winning independent filmmaker who  created and executive produced the anthology series Black Independent Showcase & Black Visions/Silver Screen: Howard University Student Film Showcase for WHUT-TV 32, in DC. His two half-hour television movies The Light & When It’s Your Turn were produced through the Minority Advisory Board of WPVI-TV 6, in Philadelphia, PA. Berry created the science fiction anthology series The Black Beyond, and his feature-length horror film EMBALMER is available on dvd. A 30-minute version of EMBALMER was a 1998 finalist in Showtime’s Black Filmmaker’s Short Film Showcase. In 2005, he spent a year in Belize, Central America, directing & editing Noh Matta Wat, Belize’s first dramatic television series, completing 4 seasons by 2010. Berry co-authored the film resource book, The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel Press 2001). He has also written two fiction novels: Tears, based on his feature length screenplay addressing the roots of racism in America, and The Honeyman’s Son, a coming of age adventure set in the early 1940s.
Berry received his BA in Art/Photography from Arizona State University, and earned his MFA in Motion Picture Production from UCLA. He lives in Washington, DC.