After centuries of redlining Black voices from the art world, two new collectors are determined to shine a light on the authentic and unapologetic work of emerging artists of color.
Produced and Directed by Sol Aponte & Jennia Fredrique Aponte
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.
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.
Now is a pivotal time for both documentaries and Black Art and film makers Sol & Jennia Aponte are perfectly suited to document this period with honesty and integrity.
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.
"James Baldwin" by Robert Peterson
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 March, Lebron James purchased a portrait of Sol by artist Patrick Henry Johnson.
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 couple have since embarked on a journey to shine a light on visual artists of color by way of creating pop-up art exhibitions, building an engaged art based community and producing a feature length documentary entitled Art Melanated.
Sol & Jennia's list of film festival awards include:
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.
Our Mission is to serve as an intersection of art, culture and community while documenting the Black Art Renaissance.
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