Sol Sisters Rising works to elevate the profile of women of color in film by providing a platform for greater visibility and opportunity through promotion, education, and networking.
Our Mission is guided by an understanding that by providing programming and on-line streaming avenues that allow for the promotion and heightened visibility of independent films by and about women of color, we not only provide avenues for networking, but also educate the public about the importance of making the film industry more equitable. As we thought through our mission statement, we began to think about what it means to "mind the gap" that exists within the film industry.
In cities around the world, most notably London, subway and train station officials show their concern about the harm that the gap between the platform and train presents to passengers. Producing audio and visual messages that caution passengers to “mind the gap” communicates a sense of that concern. Similar to the concern that cities hold for the harm that the gap presents in subway/train stations, as supporters of independent film, we are concerned about the harm that the racial and gender gap poses in the film industry, as it undermines equity and nurtures an environment where talent is overlooked. Understanding the need for inclusivity strengthens the independent film industry, as it conveys an investment in a pluralistic film community. As supporters of independent film, we must not only work to “mind the gap” in recognizing the existence of inequities; we must work to close the gap by providing a greater platform for promoting movies that elevate women of color in film.
In making the decision to focus on women of color, we do not take a provincial view of the marketplace or film industry. Instead, we understand the provinciality that exists within the industry, whereby being a white male brings a level of privilege that women of color do not enjoy, and a certain industry cache they are not afforded. As an “activist company,” our goal is to fill a niche, dictated by the inequalities that exist within the film industry.
Founding Partner Gaye Theresa Johnson is the mother of an incredible daughter, the wife of a musician, an activist, and an academic. An Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, Johnson writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, and political economy.