Kinfolk Collective started in a smokey hookah lounge where members Julian Walker (not photographed) and Darren Wallace, over a bottle of Crown Royal, brainstormed ways to create with other artists. Made up of actors, filmmakers, academics, and creators the work Kinfolk has produced is a part of a neo-Black arts movement that aims to fill a void within Black visual art and cinema. Narratives of the underrepresented "poor, destitute, alcoholics, immigrants" are exposed, explored and reimagined through a global Afro-centric lens.
The theory of six degrees of separation worked in Kinfolk's favor. Most, if not all, of the members knew one another from passing or chilling. In the end, everyone clicked and Kinfolk was created as a think-tank of creativity. Every Kinfolk meeting always last for more than two hours. In many ways, it's like going to Black churches, you never know what time you'll come out but when you do, you know you'll be filled with glory and knowledge.
"We exist to pretty much to map the overlaps and commonalities between members of the African diaspora and that includes all forms of aesthetics, all forms of art, all types of narratives," says writer, director, collaborator Darren Wallace.
Darren's grad thesis film Savage Vs the Void, "explores the night of Troy Davis' death through the microcosm of a theater company as it rehearses a play about Troy's real execution. We follow Savage, a young actor cast to play Troy, as he grapples the void and Reuben, a maniacally sincere director hoping his play will make Troy more than a man...an idea...a martyr. This film is a phantasmagoric fever dream highlighting the absurdity yet grave intentions behind artists and their work with aims of social justice." - Enter the Void: How My Film About Troy Davis May or May Not Have Saved Me From Myself
Third Timothy: A film about "a duo of run-away brothers struggle against loyalties peddling fake holy water on a journey through the rural south in order to fund their escape from an abusive foster home. Their plan is jeopardized when they meet a woman who does not easily fall victim to their con.