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Ebony Blanding

Ebony Blanding (b. Atlanta, GA. 1985) is a writer and filmmaker living and working in Atlanta, Georgia.

Blanding’s work elucidates black women and black people existing in fullness cinematically.

In summer of 2013, she formed independent art film house, House of June, with filmmaker and fellow film student, Amber L.N. Bournett, to explicate art-house films with black and brown actors and crew in notable roles in-front of and behind the camera.

Their work has screened at Atlanta Film Festival, Capetown International Film Festival, Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, among others. Additionally, they have presented their films at educational institutions including Spelman College, Emory University and John H.
Hopkins University.

Blanding has been accepted into Atlanta Film Society’s Filmmaker-In-Residence Program and WonderRoot’s Walthall 2017-2018 Fellowship Program.

Using moving pictures and narratives as ascensions to glorify black renaissance, she believes the creation of dimensional and beautifully simplistic characters of color in film
are an artistic act of activism.

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Amber L.N. Bournett

Amber L.N. Bournett is an Atlanta based director and cinematographer.

Born overseas and raised on army bases, she was exposed to diversity at a young age, rooting her foundation as an artist. Bournett excelled at an early age in fine art, hanging
work at the High Museum of Art at 17, years later screening her first short film “TheGrey Area”.

Her background in art spans oil painting, theater, and cinema.
She studied art and film/video at GSU. As co-founder of the independent art house, House of June, she has screened short films in France, South Africa, and throughout
the US.

Bournett and film partner, Ebony Blanding, have screened films at a number of universities & festivals including ATLFF and Cannes.

Her love of film began during the plastic Disney VHS Box Collection era. Bournett is a sci-fi enthusiast and wishes to create a space in this genre of cinema that transcends race,
gender, and sexuality.

Bournett believes the lack of representation of black existence in film called her to become a filmmaker.