An Afternoon with Filmmaker and Author

Debra Robinson

Sunday, March 28

4pm on Zoom

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From the start, Robinson focused on Black women as the subject of her films. I BE DONE BEEN WAS IS, an entertainment documentary about African-American women comedians was her first film.  She states, “During the time I developed the idea I was working out my path as an African-American woman filmmaker.  The road seemed to be one of pioneering and invention.  Through the documentary I was able to find my own voice and the comedians collectively expressed my perceptions when they spoke about their lives.” 


The second film, KISS GRANDMAMA GOODBYE, is a narrative about a young black girl growing up in the Midwest during the nineteen sixties and her first time experiencing death.  The script was written and based on a short story by Terry McMillan.  Robinson wanted to address the lives of Black people living in the Midwest before widespread integration.


The film has screened in film festivals, festivals and broadcast internationally.


Robinson was featured in Essence Magazine and The New York Times.   She has presented at Harvard University, New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art.


In keeping with themes of Black women and life in the Midwest, she published a short story collection, ENERGY LINES, meditating on death and circumstance.


Along with her filmmaking endeavors, she’s helped enrich the media programs in both the DeKalb and Fulton County school districts in Georgia. Robinson also served as the Southeast Coordinator for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.