film and creative media

Started by film alumni and students from Howard University, Parallel Film Collective is a nonprofit organization focused on 'Local Equals Global' film culture with the idea that stories of everyday people are worth being told. Borrowing from Indian 'Parallel Cinema', our name represents our commitment to promoting, producing and distributing independent films that marry artistic endeavors with messages of social justice and social change.

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As part of this effort in 2012, we became a Founding Partner of the independent distribution venture AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) now ARRAY Releasing centered on films by women and people of color, led by award-winning SELMA director Ava DuVernay.

In addition to our work as local distributor of ARRAY films, we have partnered with various local and global filmmakers and film companies in bringing outstanding independent films to local audiences. We are also in pre-production for the documentary DJ's, DANCE & DEITES. This documentary focuses on the infusion of traditional West African and South Asian religious sounds into Underground House Music as a means of reshaping the secular venue of a nightclub or dance party into a sacred space of self-expression for communities often marginalized in the larger society based on racial, religious, cultural and/or sexual identities. 

Parallel Film Collective's installation at VISIONDC will be presented by Washington, DC native and award winning filmmaker Jami Ramberan. The installation consists of short dance films from local and global filmmakers including works from Malia Bruker, Jenn Nkiru, Toru Hayai, Sinarka Dance Films, Veyvey Films and Duncan McDowall with Choreography by Dorotea Saykaly.