Langston Hughes African American Film Festival: April 11-19

 

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.

104 17th Ave South, Seattle | langstoninstitute.org | (206) 684-4758

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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3rd Annual Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash

 

3rd Annual Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7 p.m.

 

SEATTLE (February 11, 2015) – The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will celebrate Langston Hughes’s birthday (b. February 1, 1902) with the 3rd annual Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature food and Seattle native, DJ Robin Summerrise spinning Motown’s biggest hits, some of the greatest music ever made.  The event is for ages 21 and over. Tickets include complimentary snacks and beverages.

Tickets, $10, are available at Brown Paper Tickets and the door. 21 and over.

 

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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institutes presents free screening of “Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies”

 

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institutes presents free screening of
“Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies”
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Panel discussion to follow film screening

SEATTLE (February 11, 2015) — The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) presents the documentary Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies (2011, 51 min.), by filmmaker and Chair of African-American studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Shawn Utsey on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. This event is part of the Seattle Fortune’s Bones Project.

In the 1800s, many medical colleges in the United States engaged in and encouraged the practice of grave-robbing Black cemeteries for purposes of medical dissection. Until the Well Runs Dry chronicles the involvement of well-known medical colleges in the practice of illegal grave robbing of Black cemeteries during the 19th century. Those who engaged in the practice were known as resurrectionists.

Much of the film centers on the life of Chris Baker – a Black laboratory assistant who worked for the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University). Baker, known euphemistically as an “anatomical man,” robbed graves and supplied African American bodies to Virginia medical colleges for decades.

“The legacy of grave robbing for medical dissection is so indelibly etched into the psyches of African Americans that today many longtime Richmond residents still recount stories from their childhood of warnings to stay clear of the Medical College of Virginia late at night for fear that they may be snatched away to the dissection room never to be seen or heard from again,” says professor Utsey. This documentary explores the lasting effects of grave robbing on the attitudes of African Americans toward doctors and hospitals today.

Dr. Renee McCoy, Ph.D. and medical anthropologist will lead a panel discussion following the film screening. “This film reveals the failure of the medical community to adhere to ethical demands to do no harm and helps the audience better understand the implications of such betrayals on the health of Blacks today,” says Dr. McCoy. “As a result, today Blacks continue to resist participating in efforts to inform medical practitioners and researchers about issues of particular concern to the health of Black men, women, and children. This film helps us begin to understand what happened in the past so that we can understand what must be done to make our bodies and our communities healthier in the future.”

The 51-minute documentary, which took about a year to produce, includes interviews with community members, professional archivists, cultural anthropologists and historians. The trailer is available at http://vimeo.com/28188054

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3 FREE MOVIES – Celebrating the Civil Rights Movie “SELMA”

3 FREE MOVIES – Celebrating the Civil Rights Movie “SELMA”

2 PM to 8:30 PM

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI)

104 17th Ave South Seattle, WA 98144

Seattle, WA. December 31, 2014. Start the New Year with a renewed appreciation of the cinema around the historic Civil Rights Movement. This LHPAI movie marathon starts at 2pm with theater doors open at 1:30 PM. The following films will prepare you for the upcoming release of SELMA.

WHEN:            Sunday, January 4, 2015

TIME: 2:00 PM to 8:20 PM

Theater will open at – 1:30 PM

FREE – Maximum seating 280

FILMS and Viewing Time:

  • Talk to Me 2 PM – 4 PM
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird 4:15 PM – 6:25 PM
  • Freedom Riders 6:35 PM – 8:30 PM         

 

The first 75 patrons will each get a free pass to to Ava Duvernay’s new film “Selma” opening in theaters on January 9.

 SELMA Synopsis. In spring of 1965, a series of dramatic events changed the course of America and the modern concept of civil rights forever — as courageous marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attempted three times to carry out a peaceful procession from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on a quest for the basic human right to vote.   The shocking confrontations, the triumphant final march and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that followed are now an indelible part of history. SELMA opens nationwide on Friday, January 9, 2015. SelmaMovie.com


Ava DuVernay’s Selma, brings the power of all that went into creating that hard-won moment of long awaited justice to cinema with an uncompromising immediacy.  The film chronicles a string of astonishing historical details, large and small — including the intense, adversarial relationship between Dr. King and President Lyndon Johnson, the troubling involvement of the FBI and the unbreakable spirit of ordinary men and women who sacrificed and united around voting rights.   But what emerged from these stark details is a vivid tapestry of an American turning point in the making and the stirring journey of a man finding his way through doubts and daunting obstacles towards not just leadership but the togetherness required to make real change in the world.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI)

LHPAI celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and African 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.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents holiday programs


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents holiday programs
De Inga y Mandinga – December 12 & 13
Community Kwaanza Celebration – December 19 

 

SEATTLE (December 2, 2014) — This holiday season, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents a series of programming for the whole family. The weekend of December 12 and 13 will feature bilingual English-Spanish music, dance and poetry in the annual De Inga y Mandinga performance exploring Peruvian cultural heritage. The following weekend features Kwaanza, a celebration in which seven artists each have seven minutes to present one of the seven African principles that make up the seven days of Kwaanza.

De Inga y Mandinga

WHEN:
Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., 98144

TICKETS:
$20 General; $15 Students; $10 Seniors; FREE Children 10 and under
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/907409

Featuring local and international artists, De Inga y Mandinga is a bilingual English-Spanish multidisciplinary performance exploring Peruvian mixed-ethnic and cultural heritage through traditional music, dance and poetry. This year’s family-friendly show journeys through Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Argentina, as directed and produced by Dr. Monica Rojas. Music Director: Eduardo Montero, co-choreographers: Nada Calmet, Kiana Harris and Milvea Pacheco. Special guests from Peru are Nadia Calmet and Roberto Arguedas. ‘De Inga y Mandinga’ is produced by De Cajón Project, a Seattle arts organization dedicated to teaching the cultural contributions of Peruvians of African descent.

Community Kwaanza Celebration

WHEN:
Friday, December 19, 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., 98144

TICKETS:
$7 General; FREE Children under 12
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/983501

Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1963, Kwaanza was created to build a bridge for African American and African communities throughout the world. This family friendly event will feature seven artists presenting seven African principles that make up the seven days of Kwaanza. To be followed by a reception representing the traditional feast held on Imani, the 7th and final day of Kwanzaa with seven different entrees.

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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Partners with Performing Artists to Celebrate Kwanzaa

7 Artists will have 7 minutes to present the 7 African principles that make up the 7 days of Kwanzaa.  This special evening of theatre will cost $7, followed by a reception representing the traditional feast held on Imani, the 7th and final day of Kwanzaa with 7 different entrees.

Kwanzaa

 

An Evening Celebration of Kwanzaa

Date: December 19, 2014

Time: 7PM

Cost: $7, children under 12 free

 

Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1963, Kwanzaa was created to build a bridge for the traditional African values to reach and reinforce African American and African Communities throughout the world.  The values are called Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means; The Seven Principles.  These Seven Principles are the heart of the holiday and are observed over the seven days from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.

Tickets available at Brownpapertickets 

 

Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle
The Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Find out more at seattle.gov/arts Follow @SeaOfficeofArts or facebook.com/SeattleArts

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
LHPAI celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and African 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.

 

THE 7 PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA

Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

 Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and profit from them together.

 Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

For more information call visit www.langstoninstitute.org or call 206-684-4758

#FreshestRoots Talks Ferguson: Open Mic

 

#FreshestRoots Talks Ferguson: Open Mic
Friday, December 5, 7 p.m., Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

 

SEATTLE (November 26, 2014) — In response to the grand jury decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in the Ferguson, Missouri; Freshest Roots, in partnership with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI), will present a place for spoken word dialogue on Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m. The event will feature four artists performing in honor of Michael Brown and teens and young adults everywhere with words, music and poetry of power and remembrance. All ages, doors open at 7 p.m.

Freshest Roots is a Seattle native, urban, all ages open mic that occurs the first Friday of every month at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Freshest Roots began in 2009 and is one of the most well-known open mics in the Seattle area. “The key to keeping Freshest alive and thriving is to keep things centralized and accessible to the community, and to stay humble on things that can, and cannot be changed,” Eddie Martinez, Freshest Roots co-founder. Freshest features art exhibits, cappella singing, folk guitar, music sampling, dancing, hip hop music and spoken word.

For more information about the open mic, or how to get involved, check out www.freshestroots.com.

 

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Seattle Premiere of award winning HIV documentary “25 To Life”

Seattle Premiere of award winning documentary “25 To Life”
December 1, 6 p.m., Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

 

SEATTLE (November 19, 2014) — In honor of World AIDS Day, a special film screening of the documentary 25 to Life will be presented by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI), the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and the Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU) a program of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner is the latest release from AFFRM, which the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a proud founding collaborator. 25 to Life chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV-positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption as he embarks on a new phase of life with his HIV-negative wife. The film journeys with Brawner and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. The Seattle presentation is one of 25 cities to present the film on World AIDS Day.

 

Monday, December 1

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South, Seattle, 98144

6 p.m.              Doors open
6-7 p.m.           Informational tables, HIV & Hepatitis testing
7-8:30 p.m.      25 to Life Seattle Premiere
8:30-9 p.m.      Panel discussion

Reservations: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/936507

This contribute-what-you-can film screening event is made possible by the Seattle Pride Foundation and individual donations.

To contribute to the Rev Gwen Hall & Lois Peterson Scholarship Fund at The Pride Foundation, use this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/959195

This special screening event will include a panel discussion with HIV stakeholders and community members affected by the disease. Additionally, many local community groups are coming together to share information about their organizations, including African American Reach and Teach Ministries, Center for AIDS Research, Center for Multicultural Health, Gay City, Gilead Sciences, and Hepatitis Education Project. Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Multicultural HIV/Hepatitis Action Network, Project Handle, People of Color Against AIDS Network and the Seattle Pride Foundation. HIV testing will be provided by Center for Multicultural Health and Hepatitis C testing will be conducted by the Hepatitis Education Project throughout the evening.

25 to Life is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, TheGoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access.

LHPAI is partnering with Sojourner Truth Ministries and the Rev Gwen Hall & Lois Peterson Scholarship Fund at The Pride Foundation; funds raised will go towards scholarships that support students who identify as LGBTQ or straight-ally, with emphasis given to students of color who are studying religious/spiritual studies or social work, and especially students whose area of focus is HIV/AIDS.

AFFRM, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (www.affrm.com), is a grass roots network of Black Film Festivals that empower Black independent filmmakers through simultaneous theatrical distribution in their respective markets.

Seattle HIV Vaccine Trial Unit  (HVTU) is a program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in collaboration with the University of Washington. The Seattle HVTU is a local site for the HIV Vaccine Network (HVTN), an international effort to test and find an HIV vaccine that will work safely in diverse populations worldwide.

 

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Call for films for Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

Call for films for the 12th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
Film submission deadline: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Film festival: April 11 – April 19, 2015

 

SEATTLE (November 5, 2014) — The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is seeking submissions for the annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF), which is celebrating its 12th year. The festival, which will run from April 11 to April 19, 2015, is now accepting independent film entries via Without a Box for consideration for the festival.

Call for Films
Deadline: Thursday, February 5, 2015.  
Enter online via Without a Box: https://www.withoutabox.com
Entry fee: $25 USD

Genres/subject areas: Films in the following categories will be accepted: narrative, documentary, children/youth, youth-made movies, LGBTQ, experimental, and animation. Filmmakers do not have to be Black, but films must include significant, relevant content involving Black people. The festival is seeking diverse, multifaceted stories and positive images. No fundraising or training films will be considered. Films originating in languages other than English must have English subtitles. Films are reviewed through a jury process; selected films will receive a $50 stipend for screening.

About the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival 
Beginning as a weekend film series, LHAAFF has expanded over the past decade to include nine days of film, workshops, filmmaker events, and community celebrations. It is renowned for presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers. Films, selected by a jury, will include contemporary and vintage offerings, representing, local, national and international filmmakers. The festival will feature panel discussions and audience ‘talk-backs’ with filmmakers, industry professionals and community leaders. Matinee screenings will be offered for middle and high school youth.

LHPAI is a founding member of AFFRM, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (www.affrm.com). AFFRM is a grass roots network of Black film festivals. This network empowers Black independent filmmakers through simultaneous theatrical distribution in their respective markets. Anchored by the passion and prowess of founding film festivals like LHAAFF, AFFRM has released eight films since 2010.

 

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Two public meetings scheduled to collect feedback as Langston Institute transitions to non-profit

Two public meetings scheduled to collect feedback as
Langston Institute transitions to non-profit

Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.

 

SEATTLE (October 28, 2014) — The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) has announced two public meetings for community members. These meetings are the first two opportunities for community members to share ideas and offer feedback as LHPAI transitions from a city-run program to a non-profit organization. A community survey is forthcoming. The public meetings are part of a larger effort that includes a dozen focus groups, crafted to engage nearly 200 people including artists, collaborators, partners, arts leaders, parents and families, teens, current and former staff, local businesses, media and community leaders.

The public meetings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Grand Rehearsal Hall, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle
  • Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Grand Rehearsal Hall, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle

No reservations are necessary to attend. Adult supervision and activities will be provided for children ages 4 -12.

The new LHPAI non-profit should be operational starting in 2016. In 2018 it will become financially responsible for all staffing and programs. The City of Seattle will continue to own, operate and be responsible for major maintenance on the building. The LHPAI transition plan was approved by Seattle City Council in December 2013.

HISTORY
The Langton Hughes Performing Arts Institute is housed in what was formerly the Jewish synagogue of Chevra Bikur Cholim in the Central District at 104 17th Ave. S., 98144. The building is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places as a historical landmark. The Institute was established in 1969 to provide cultural space in Seattle’s historic Central District area, and was part of Seattle Parks & Recreation from 1971 to 2012. In January, 2013, LHPAI moved from Seattle Parks & Recreation to the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). Over the past two years ARTS, working with LHPAI and the Seattle Arts Commission, developed a plan for the long-term operations of LHPAI.

 

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