Shedding Heaviness
a group exhibition curated by Aaron Jones and Timothy Yanick Hunter
Juliana A.S., Delali Cofie, Kourtney Jackson

Shedding Heaviness is an allusive observation on the passage of life, spirituality, the body, and our inner self. Through their distinct and divergent approaches to photography, sound and installation, Julianna A.S., Delali Cofie and Kourtney Jackson experiment in describing these etheric, intangible states. The three artists prompt us to consider the in-between and the outer self while also reflecting, embracing and exploring the unknowable.
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In My Bones (2022)

starring Jaz Fairy J
Directed by Kourtney Jackson and Roya Del Sol

An ode to the fullness of ourselves as created by our mothers, our mother’s mothers, and their mothers.

Dancer / Choreographer: Jaz Fairy J
Cinematographers: Roya DelSol & Kourtney Jackson
Executive Producer: Ella Cooper
Producer: Camaro West
Mentor Director of Photography: Jordan Oram
1st AC: Matt Veen
1st AC: Michele Veza
2nd AC: Max Sims
DIT: Gavin Keen
Stadicam: Sarah Mulholland
Gaffer: Ryan Hernandez
Gaffer: Nick Grcic
Best Boy: Dustin Rivers
Key Grip: Cliff Ramnauth
MUA: NaShawn Symister
Hair Artist / Stylist: Zyreeta kingz

Post-Production Director: Ella Cooper
Editor: Kourtney Jackson
Colorist: Rita Ushakova at Smile + Wave
Sound Design: Jaz Fairy J
Sound Engineer: Jim Junior

All films were created as part of Black Women Film's Advanced Cinematography Workshop
in Toronto on Mississauga Territory, 2021

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Wash Day (2020)
director, cinematographer, editor
The act of washing one’s hair and body serves as the touchstone for Wash Day—an intimate exploration into how private, domestic acts such as washing your hair or putting on makeup become a significant re-acquaintance with the body, before and after navigating the politics of one’s outwardly appearance. As they get ready for the day, three young Black women discuss the public perception of their Blackness in its relation to their personal journeys in cultivating a strong sense of self.

Currently streaming on CBC Gem.

A complete list of Wash Day festival screenings and awards can be viewed here.

1 vers[us] 1 (2018)
director, cinematographer, editor

1 vers[us] 1 is a 5-minute meditation on occupying the space between becoming increasingly aware of the colonial, white supremacist framework that underscored your religious upbringing and the heartwarming feeling of a loved one telling you that they're praying for you. A play on the nomenclature of biblical scripture, 1 vers[us] 1 speaks on feelings of isolation in your disillusionment, and how one's impelled connection to a divine figure may feel burdensome as opposed to invigorating.
A complete list of 1 vers[us] 1 festival screenings and awards can be viewed here.

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