art | Melanated seeks to showcase some of the most extraordinary Black visual artists, while creating and expanding the community of art enthusiasts, eager to discover, collect and invest in Black art.
Sol & Jennia Aponte are an award winning husband and wife producing/directing team that collaborate via their production company Full Frequency Media. The dynamic duo has worked with the likes of: Kevin Hart, Usher, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Teyonah Parris, Pauletta Washington, OWN, and Steph Curry to name a few.
In 2015 they produced/directed the award winning short film Sacred Heart that was shot in Paris France. In 2016 the tag team produced and co-directed another film entitled 90 DAYS, starring Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk, Wonderland). 90 DAYS won numerous awards including an African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Short.
In 2020 Sol & Jennia created a successful four part docu-series (The Anatomy of…Series) for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ REVOLT TV. Part IV in the series was entitled “Anatomy of Black Art”. The two have several projects at various stages of production.
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Artists are here to disturb the peace. - James Baldwin
art | Melanated, a highly stylized documentary film, will be an art piece in and of itself. Like the artists featured, this motion picture will be used as a potent way to speak truth to power, to explore and critique an antiquated art world while suggesting an alternate path that is both inclusive and inevitable.
Black art continues to be a vital part of the cultural conversation and an ever evolving medium that is now expanding from the physical to the digital realm with NFTs.
The film’s artists hold up an uncomfortable mirror to society and force us to reflect and rethink life as we know it and shed light on often ignored societal issues.
"James Baldwin" by Robert Peterson
Now is a pivotal time for both documentaries and Black Art. While the film explores the truth, authenticity and transparency of the art world, director Jennia Fredrique Aponte knows today’s viewer wants a good show. This film will utilize essential elements: poetic experimentation, narrative storytelling and powerful rhetorical oratory.
art | Melanated tells a powerful, captivating story through use of multi media platform that will include animation and gorgeous reenactments as we dive into today’s world of painters, sculptors, curators, and collectors.
Anticipated release: Q2 - 2023