Creator of ‘195 Lewis’ to speak

BAR HARBOR — A free screening and conversation with writer and filmmaker Rae Leone Allen, co-creator and star of “195 Lewis,” is set for College of the Atlantic’s Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center on Monday, April 9, at 4:15 p.m. The event is part of the COA Diverse Voices Series.

“195 Lewis” is a dramedy series following a black lesbian couple as they strive to practice radical honesty in their newly polyamorous relationship. Set in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, the show follows Yuri and Camille as Yuri’s growing infatuation with a new lover uptown leaves Camille uncertain about her role in Yuri’s life. In addition to co-creating and co-writing the series, Allen plays the main character.

After screening some episodes of the show, Allen will engage in conversation with COA professor and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Andrews and with the audience.

“Rae Leone Allen is both fierce and compassionate,” Andrews said. “Her work is bold, smart and serious fun.”

Allen earned a master’s in urban studies at Fordham University, where she focused on the evolution of black consciousness in the new world. “195 Lewis” is Allen’s first film project. Her writing has been featured in “No, Dear” magazine, “Puerto del Sol’s” Black Voices Series, “The New Verse News,” “About Place Journal,” “RaceBaitR” and “Brooklyn Magazine,” and is forthcoming in “Sinister Wisdom.” “Allen is a child of Malcolm, Nina, Jimmy, Octavia, Audre, Leon and Wanda,” said a press release. “She likes for people to know she used to shoot the shit out of the 3-ball at Mizzou.”

The College of the Atlantic Diverse Voices Series highlights the rich tapestry of races, cultures and viewpoints that comprise the shared human experience. Funded with an anonymous grant, the COA Diverse Voices Series sponsors a broad range of speakers and events throughout the year that serve to illuminate collective challenges and commonalities.


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