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Since film-making started in the late 19th century, the role of African Americans has progressed slowly over time. These roles are an important influence for African Americans to see a positive image of themselves on screen.

June 26, 2019

Mr. Nice Guy Podcasy | Milwaukee WI

Episode: Emily Kuester

This week I sat down w good friend and filmmaker Emily Kuester, who currently works as a video production assistant for 371 Productions and is producing the upcoming TV series Black Girl Training - about a black girl raised by white parents. We sipped Hamm's as we discussed the premise of the show, Emily's experience at Sundance, Emily's experience as UWM SA (Student Association) President, being adopted, and studying film vs journalism.

January 10, 2019

Her Stry | Milwaukee WI

Interview: Santana Coleman and Emily Kuester

Santana Coleman and Emily Kuester are Milwaukee, Wisconsin filmmakers who are currently working on a film project called Black Girl Training. I sat down with them in November to chat about it.

October 21st, 2018
TMJ4 - The Morning Blend | Milwaukee WI
A Local Film Project About Exploring Your Roots

Two local women are putting their real life experiences into a short film. The production touches on topics including black culture, adoption, and self-acceptance. Santana Coleman and Emily Keuster join us to discuss their project "Black Girl Training".​

October 8th, 2018
88.9 Radio Milwaukee | Milwaukee WI
What everyone can learn about identity from 'Black Girl Training'

Santana Coleman and Emily Kuester are two Milwaukee-based filmmakers hoping to foster a bigger community of female filmmakers and filmmakers of color. Their latest project “Black Girl Training” tackles a unique story about identity and black culture while also bringing together film crew members from marginalized communities....

October 7th, 2018
CBS 58 | Milwaukee WI
Filmmakers prepare to explore "Black Girl Training"

What if you felt like a stranger in your own community? It was Emily Kuester’s experience as a young black girl adopted by white parents in rural Wisconsin when she moved to Milwaukee for college.

Emily, now a 22-year old college graduate and film producer with 371 Productions in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, is teaming up with director Santana Coleman to explore the idea in a short film called Black Girl Training... 

October 1st, 2018
Young Black & Opinionated Podcast | Milwaukee WI
Riverwest Radio Ep. 56, "Black Girl Training" Ft. Emily & Santana

This week we are joined by Director and Producer of the short film, "Black Girl training," Santana Coleman and Emily Kuester. We ask the ladies about how they met, what got them into filmmaking, and what movies and tv shows inspire them. We get a description of what the short film "Black Girl Training" is about and get into Emily's childhood, sibling, love life and how has it been for her learning about black culture....

Santana Coleman and Emily Kuester are friends who have led parallel lives in some ways. 

Kuester is black and was adopted into a white family living in the Village of Avoca. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee. She's 22 years old. Coleman, on the other hand, grew up in a black family in Milwaukee and went to college at UW-Platteville (about an hour's drive from Avoca). She's 26.....



Febuary 8th, 2020
Milwaukee Film & Black Lens | Milwaukee WI

Black Women Behind the Lens Panel

There’s no denying that black women have been dominating the film industry this year. From the Hollywood superstars to up-and-coming actresses, writers, producers and filmmakers, Black women are making their stamp on the industry in a big way.

Febuary 2020
Milwaukee Film: Reel Talks | Milwaukee WI

Reel Talks Panel- Last Will

Established in 2014, Milwaukee Film’s Reel Talks program brings visiting and local filmmakers to high school, college, and after-school learning spaces to talk about their work and inspire and educate young people

Mozilla's "Mozfest" 2018 | London

Afrofuturism on the Open Web: Building the Colored Girls Museum

In this hands-on workshop, participants will become part of an international, co-creative team building the VR Colored Girls Museum. We’ll start analog-style with a story circle, followed by a quickfire presentation of work to date on the Colored Girls Museum VR build, and then in small groups, utilizing A-Frame, Reality and new WebGL graphics interfaces, we’ll collaborate on designing assets for the Colored Girl Museum galleries, including gesture and voice features, a gift shop, and a VR cinema performance space. At the end of the workshop, we’ll get back in the story circle to share challenges, highlights and next steps.

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