A Screening & Discussion with the Creators of Black Stains



oin us for a screening followed by a conversation with the creatives behind Black Stains. During this event, participants will have the opportunity to watch Black Stains (2018). Afterward, we will hear from Tiffany Rhynard (director, cinematographer, and producer), Trent D. Williams, Jr. (choreographer and producer), and Farai Malianga (composer).

Inspired by the personal experiences of Trent D. Williams, Jr., an African American choreographer, Black Stains depicts the reality of living while Black in the United States and addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the police. Interviews with Black men encompassing a broad spectrum of age, background, and experience illustrate personal human stories that bring abstract issues into sharper focus. Woven together with robust dancing and original music from composer Farai Malianga, the film invites a conversation about how to navigate complex racial issues in a country that refuses to make amends for its troubled past.

Tiffany Rhynard is a dancer and filmmaker making work that examines social justice issues. A cross-disciplinary artist, she has worked with esteemed collaborators including choreographer Christal Brown, internationally renowned composer Lei Liang, real-time digital media artist Marlon Barrios Solano, and mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone. Rhynard holds a B.A. in Dance from UNC Greensboro, and an M.F.A. in Choreography from The Ohio State University. She has taught at colleges and universities throughout the country including SUNY Potsdam, Middlebury College, and University of Florida. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at Florida State University.

Trent D. Williams, Jr. a native Houstonian received his MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from The Florida State University and BA in Psychology from Morehouse College. Mr. Williams was a founding member of Urban Souls Dance Company in Houston, Texas and he has been a guest artist with Tallahassee Ballet in Tallahassee, FL, and EDGEWORKS Dance Theatre in Washington, DC. Mr. Williams’ choreography has been performed by Dayton Contemporary Second Company, Texas Tech University, Towson University, University of Trinidad & Tobago, Coker College Dance Company, Urban Souls Dance Company, and his work has been showcased at The American Dance Festival, The American College Dance Festival, The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, The Dance Gallery in Huntsville, Texas, and Kennedy Center: Millennium Stage. Mr. Williams has served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Trinidad & Tobago, Howard Community College, Howard University Division of Fine Arts and Johns Hopkins Estellle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Modern Dance & Choreography at the University of Florida.

Farai Malianga, born and raised in Zimbabwe, began his career in African Dance in Colorado with Leticia Williams’ Harambee and Musical Director Judy “Fatu” Henderson. Upon arriving in New York he began studying dance and drum with pioneers Yousouf Koumbasa, Mbemba Bangoura and Ronald K. Brown. Performing with the Masters: Chuck Davis in BAMs Dance Africa’, Reginald Yates with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Heritage O.P. Performing with Dance Companies: Harambee, Umoja, The New Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Obediah Wrights Balance, BSRC, Def Dance Jam, Juxtapower and Opus. Performing with Musicians: Roy Ayers, Wunmi Olaiya, Manchild Black, Akua Allrich, Melanie Charles, Scott Patterson, Saycon Sengbloh, Amma Whatt!, Nomsa Mazwai and Nakia Henry.

Film Credits

Director: Tiffany Rhynard

Choreographer: Trent D. Williams Jr.

Cinematographer: Tiffany Rhynard

Editor: Heather Mathews

Composer: Farai Malianga

Cast: Jerel Hercules, Taariq Lewis, Daniel Morimoto, Michael “Mikell” Pinkney, Larry Rosalez, Ersom Williams, Trent D. Williams Jr., George Whitehead.

Producers: Heather Mathews, Tiffany Rhynard, Trent D. Williams Jr.