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Octavia Lab

Octavia Lab update
For more information about the Octavia Lab go here

Too Quiet: Library Workers in a Pandemic
(Octavia Lab Face Shield Project in the Octavia Lab’s self-produced documentary.)
Watch it here

Information about the coloring book
You can purchase it here
Join us at the book launch event on 5/24 details here

Vi’s original piece 


Fledgling, November 2nd, 2005

Clockshop Radio

Clockshop’s Radio Imagination project celebrating the life and work of Octavia E. Butler

“Octavia Butler’s Los Angeles” panel from Radio Imagination presented by ALOUD
Featuring Ben Caldwell, Ayana A. H. Jamieson, Douglas Kearney, and Nisi Shawl, in conversation with author Tisa Bryant and featuring DJ Lynnée Denise.

Criterion Channel’s Afrofuturism program
29 films including Space is the Place, Welcome II the Terrordome, The Brother from Another Planet, Last Angel of History as well as many other features and short films.

Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer


Wanuri Kahiu
Many of the talks Wanuri Kahiu has given can be found online, below

Design Indaba

TED Talk

TEDx Nairobi

Pumzi (short film)

Rafiki (2018) on Kanopy

Osborne Macharia

Short story with Nnedi Okorafor called “Rusties” – about sentient traffic robots

Davos World Economic Forum
Here and Here

John Nein

John Nein is a Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival and deals primarily with U.S. and international feature films. He also plans the festival’s panels and runs the Institute’s film preservation initiative. John grew up in Europe and the U.S., studied history at Carleton College, and earned his MFA from UCLA’s Film Directing program, where he made several award-winning shorts and lobbied tirelessly for better coffee in the vending machines.

Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark is the curatorial director at the Criterion Collection. Previously, he worked as director of film programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and he has curated film series at BFI Southbank, the Museum of Modern Art, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, among other venues. He has contributed writing to publications including Film Comment, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, and the Guardian. His first book is Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” (2015).

Wanuri Kahiu

Wanuri Kahiu is a filmmaker, speaker, and science fiction writer. Her short award-winning science fiction film PUMZI (2009) about futuristic Africa premiered at SUNDANCE Film Festival (2010) and received international acclaim. In 2018, Kahiu’s award-winning film RAFIKI, was the first Kenyan film to be invited to Cannes Film Festival and has since won multiple awards across the world. Kahiu is a cultural leader for the World Economic Forum, an advocate for Freedom of Expression, and an AFROBUBBLEGUM activist – championing the need for the creation and curation of fun, fierce, and frivolous African art. Kahiu is currently working to adapt Octavia Butler’s WILD SEED for Amazon Studios and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for Disney. Kahiu was named TIME’s 100 Next in 2019.

Vi Ha

Vi Ha is the Librarian III responsible for the Octavia Lab, the DIY makerspace and studio space named for Octavia E. Butler, located at the Los Angeles Central Library.

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