12th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival runs April 11 to 19, 2015
August Wilson documentary, The Ground on Which I Stand opens festival
SEATTLE (February 23, 2015) – In April the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) celebrates its 12th year and opens with the documentary, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, (2015). The 90-minute high definition documentary is the first in-depth exploration of the life, work and cultural impact of this revered two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning African American playwright and longtime Seattle resident (1945-2005). August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand is a co-production of WQED and the PBS AmericanMasters series. The documentary provides unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives and rarely seen interviews. New dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling each decade of the 20th-century African-American experience.
An integral program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI), the festival is pivotal in continuing the tradition of presenting independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers. Documentaries, youth-made, LGBTQ, experimental, shorts and family-friendly films will engage diverse audiences with the power of storytelling at its best. LHPAI is pleased to welcome back Zola Mumford, MLIS as the 2015 LHAAFF curator, other colleagues and the entire dedicated and passionate volunteer crew who bring the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival to life for the community.
To date more than 130 film submissions have been received and approximately 40 films will be screened during the nine day festival. A complete list of films, shorts, dates and times for all festival films will be available in March along with details on exciting workshops, filmmaker events and screening talk-backs.
LHAAFF, dedicated to nurturing the talents of new and emerging artists, has been festival home to filmmakers like Ava DuVernay (Selma, I Will Follow), Charles Officer (Nurse. Fighter. Boy) and Matthew Cherry (The Last Fall), who have made multiple appearances at the festival to premiere and screen their new works, participate in workshops or talk-backs. Local filmmakers also find an artistic home and LHAAFF has hosted Alen Blake, Rafael Flores, Brian Johnson, Sharon Williams, Purpelle Tremble, Brian Tucker and Briaan Barron
Festival passes ($50 – $150) will be available in late February. Individual screenings are $7 for youth under the age of 16 and seniors (65+), and $12 for adults. Teen Tix cards increase youth participation and are accepted for individual film screenings, providing $5 tickets for teens.
Festival info: http://www.langstoninstitute.org/
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF)
LHAAFF began as a weekend series, and has expanded over the past 12 years to include nine days of film renowned for presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films. Films are selected by panel and include contemporary and vintage offerings, as well as local, national and international filmmakers.
Through LHAAFF, LHPAI is a founding member of the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM, affrm.com). Anchored by the passion and prowess of founding African American film festivals, AFFRM empowers Black independent filmmakers with simultaneous theatrical distribution in multiple markets.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute | Celebrating the legacy.
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LHPAI celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.
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