Black & Brown Poet Series

This film is available for the run of the festival starting the day of Thanksgiving 2021. To watch or to vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 7.  You also have the option to buy the Movie Buff Pass to watch all the films of the festival until December 15, 2021.


Green Eyed Media, in association with The Hidden Gem Creative Studios presents…
“The Black & Brown Poet Series: Vol 1”

Beginning as a cinematic homage to local state poets, and growing to a nation wide endeavor, this series is meant to honor innovative Black & Brown poets whose work inspires cultural equity, change, and revolution. This first season visits poets in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland. Directed by Rafael Flores and edited by Sompong Viengvilai, certain episodes have special guest visual artists. Poets featured in the first volume include: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Paul Flores, Roberto Tinoco Duran and a special bonus episode by youth poet Amaya Jenkins.

This episode focuses on Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino United States Poet Laureate who shares his inspiring story of growing up as a child of migrant farmworkers.

8126d1eb55 headshotDirector Biography – Rafael Flores

Rafael Flores is Phi Beta Kappa Scholar who specializes in Directing, Social Justice Film Production, Chicano Cinema, and Third Cinema. Flores is the Co-founder of Green Eyed Media and Administrative Director for the Hidden GEM Creative Studios, organizations both based in Oakland, CA. His work has been praised by various institutions that include: The White House, The Grammy Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, The California Endowment, TED-X lecture series, the Cannes International Film Festival, the Writer’s Guild Theater of America, the London Guardian, and the Chicano International Film Festival.



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