2014 African American Film Festival

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2014 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) celebrates its 11th year this year, continuing the tradition of presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers.

Get your 2014 LHAAFF PASS

All Access Pass ($150) | Friends of LHPAI Pass ($50)
Passes will be available for pick-up on Saturday, April 26.
Tickets are now available for purchase at the LHPAI box office through the end of the film festival on May 4, 2014. Please call 206-684-4791 for details.
 

Schedule

 
SAT 4/26 12:30-3pm
6:30-10:30pm
SUN 4/27 11am-12:30pm
1-4pm
1-3pm
4-6pm
7-9pm

MON 4/28 7-8:30pm TUE 4/29 4-6pm
7-8:30pm
9-11pm
WED 4/30 2-4pm
7-8:30pm
THU 5/1 4-6pm
7-8:30pm
9-10:30pm
FRI 5/2 4-6pm
7-8:30pm
9-10:30pm
SAT 5/3 11am-1pm
1-3pm
3-6pm
7-8:30pm
9-10:30pm

SUN 5/4 1-5:30pm
7-10pm
 
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Family Day Film Screening

12:30—3:00 PM | Theater
Fat Albert Mini Series, USA, 1972-1985
Animated Saturday-morning television cartoon about Fat Albert and his friends. The situations portrayed usually carried a message or a moral as these kids got into and out of various kinds of trouble.

Opening Night Feature Film

6:30—10:30 PM | Theater
They Die By Dawn, USA, 2013, 51 min
They Die By Dawn is based on the true story of Black Cowboys of the old west. With a powerhouse cast including Giancarlo Esposito, Jesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, Isaiah Washington and Erykah Badu, the film sets out to tell the story of a showdown between four outlaws who meet at a saloon. During a tense card game it is revealed that each has a bounty on their head. They agree to a showdown and the last man standing takes the collective bounty.
Filmmaker Jeymes Samuel will be in attendance for the opening. Reception to follow.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Shorts followed by Feature Film

11:00 AM—12:30 PM | Theater
Secret Decoder Ring, USA, 2013, 4 min
Justin is a normal kid eating his favorite breakfast cereal, when a special offer catches his eye: a secret decoder ring. He succumbs to the lure and sends away for it by mail. What he gets in return is more than he bargained for!
Faraja On The Front Line, Congo, 2014, 5 min
A portrait of a young man from Goma. But he is not a child soldier, he is not a victim of war, he is a boy who shows a different side of the entrepreneurial spirit...
The Bicycle, USA, 2013, 72 min
Bobbi can't stand Teddy. Teddy isn't thrilled with Bobbi. Now that isn't that big a deal on the playground. But Teddy is 36 and Bobbi 10. And they live in the same house. And Teddy is going to marry Bobbi's mother Cheryl in a month. Cheryl has given up on them living as one big, happy family. Cheryl has also given up on them even liking each other. Now, all she wants is for Bobbi and Teddy to live in peace. Not a great way to begin your new life with the man you love. Teddy isn't helping. He's engaging in a battle of wills with a 10 year old and losing. His ego won't let it go, exasperating Cheryl. He knows that Cheryl needs him to be the adult. But Teddy can't help himself. Something in Bobbi triggers an almost involuntary response that hurtles him back in time to the fourth grade. He knows something has to change for the sake of his upcoming marriage, his relationship to Cheryl and his sanity. When Bobbi is jumped and her bicycle stolen, Teddy realizes this the moment to repair his relationship with Bobbi. He volunteers to help find the bully and get the bicycle back. Bobbi resists, seeing this as ploy for Teddy to get in good with her mother. What they do discover as they travel through the many worlds that make up their community will both surprise them and connect them in a way neither could imagine. Please note: there is one scene in this film that contains mature language.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00

Film Shorts followed by STEM workshop

1:00—4:00 PM | Grand Hall
Eyes on the Stars, USA, 2012, 3 min
Carl McNair tells the story of his brother Ronald, an African American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars.
Black Girls Code, USA, 2012, 15 min
Black Girls Code will change the world. By introducing young girls of color into the fields of science and technology, they are bridging the digital divide. These are the innovators of tomorrow.
Space Out, USA, 2013, 14 min
Damian is a teenager who struggles both socially and academically. He finds himself spacing out during a science test, living out a sci-fi fantasy while the clock ticks. Back in reality, he has flunked his test and fails to connect with his peers. However, the adult Damian has turned his childhood fantasies into a successful career.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Screening

1:00—3:00 PM | Theater
The Stuart Hall Project, UK, 2013, 90 min
Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of a generation. A thinker and commentator, his peers include other giants of political commentary such as Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Alan Ginsberg, Michel Foucault and Gore Vidal. THE STUART HALL PROJECT takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the century of campaigning, and of global political and cultural change.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Short followed by Feature Film

4:00—6:00 PM | Theater
Agizo ya Lumumba (Lumumba’s Legacy)
On 17 January, 1961, Patrice Emory Lumumba was assassinated by regimes of domination and greed. On 17 January, 2014 we remember him as a hero of our regime of peace and empowerment.
Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing, 78 min
Nearly two decades after the end of apartheid and Nelson Mandela's election as South Africa's first black president, the nation struggles to fulfill the promise of a transformed society. At the University of Cape Town's once all-white opera school, both the struggle and the promise are embodied in an enormously talented group of classical singers from the black townships. When the opera school opened its doors to black students after apartheid, faculty members were awed by the wave of gifted singers that poured in. Many learned opera in competitive community choirs in the townships, others heard it on television advertisements. Today, the school is two-thirds black and mixed race and is achieving greater success than ever propelling graduates to the world opera stage. Recent alumni are singing at The Metropolitan Opera and La Scala. Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (half of the title is in Xhosa, the native language of many of the black students) is a documentary and performance film following three of the opera school's top students through a year in the program. The filmmakers travel with the students from their home townships, where they've faced financial hardship and in some cases health struggles, to Cape Town, where they perform in the city's opera hall, once a flash point in the anti-apartheid movement, to New York where they sing at the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival. Along the way, they confront everything from racial politics to tuberculosis to their parents' fears that opera is not a suitable career.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Feature Film

7:00—9:00 PM | Theater
Vanishing Pearls, USA, 2014, 90 min
The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana. This town of nearly 300 is struggling to survive following the BP Oil Spill that left their crop dead, finances in ruin and culture facing extinction. This community has a history of being overlooked by the State, and therefore, are taking matters into their own hands, to assure their voice is heard so that they may not otherwise vanish.
Stacy Noland of the Moontown Foundation will be on hand for the post screening discussion.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Shorts followed by Feature Film

7:00—8:30 PM | Theater
Dust, USA, 2013, 9 min
Adapted from a National magazine Award-winning poem, Dust braids two memories from a poet's writer's youth. In one memory, the young man remembers a last moment with a lover. In the other memory the young man recalls his final hours with his dying grandfather. Ultimately, this contemplative examination of the nature of grief becomes a poetic meditation of 'water, skin and dust.
Meeting Gary, USA, 2013, 13 min
Meeting Gary is a film about domestic child neglect. The story is set up in the low income, 'ghetto' neighborhood. A boy's dream of becoming a professional dancer is being ignored by his own parents because they are too busy dealing with their own life struggles. He keeps reaching out for love and understanding, but keeps getting rejected. Is anybody out there who is paying attention to this boy's most basic need for love and support? Will he carry on going and follow his dream?
Looking For Mr. Stieglitz, USA, 2013, 13 min
Modern art meets the Harlem renaissance at 291 Fifth Avenue where Georgia O'Keeffe, who is looking for Mr. Stieglitz, encounters the unexpected. Set in 1916 in New York City, O'Keeffe meets Hodge Kirnon, originally from the West Indies and now weary from many years of navigating the 'American Dream.' Georgia finds much in common with this stranger as he shares his frustration with intolerance and as she deals with her own insecurities about being an artist and a woman in a man’s world.
The Waves/Les Vagues, USA, 2013, 8 min
A woman meets a stranger who entices her for swim in the deep, dark, seductive waves.
De Wonderboom, kunst van Capricorne, Netherlands, 2013, 40 min
The documentary is about the Curaçaoan artist José Maria Capricorne, an Afro Caribbean descendant of the African diaspora. He is considered the godfather of Curaçao art. Capricorne is the co-founder of the Curaçao Art Academy (founded in 1969). In the documentary we see him, relatives and collectors looking back at Capricorne's career. Caribbean identity plays a big part in his work.
Did he succeed in helping his people emancipate through art, as was his ideal?
Also, images of Brazil show the artistic and social impact of Rio de Janeiro on Capricorne’s work. Being 80 years old, the artist still works in his atelier in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Finally, younger artists in Curaçao give their vision on the role of art in Curaçaoan society today.
Preceding the film we have a brief introduction on the history and culture of Curaçao by Nalini Kotamraju, PhD. Immediately after the film Kotamraju will participate in a talk back featuring a video discussion with Co-Director Tanja Fraai.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Screening

4:00—6:00 PM | Theater
Undercover, New Zealand, 2013, 90 min
Undercover is a documentary film starring Richard Bert, a Brooklyn man born and bred. Back in the 80's, Richard was working as an undercover narcotics officer for the New York Police Department. His job was to infiltrate the crack infested underground, and find out where the drugs were coming from. But the problem with living your life behind a mask is that sooner or later, someone is going to see behind it, and discover who you really are. But this isn't just the story about Richard's escape and survival from deep undercover, it's also a story about what happened next, it's a story about one mans' journey to find his true self, his true spirit and his true purpose.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Short followed by Feature Film

7:00—8:30 PM | Theater
He’s A Fighter, USA, 2014, 7 min
Antoine 'Action' Douglas was born to a drug addicted mother in Southeast D.C. He has lived with various friends, relatives and foster families. His life changed drastically upon his introduction to boxing - graduating top of his class in high school and going on to the Olympic Trials. This story predicts his inevitable rise to boxing stardom.
Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story, USA, 2013, 71 min
A gambling scandal -- one he had no part of -- shatters New York's brightest young basketball star. Kicked out of college, banned by the NBA, he spends the next six years working the nightshift in a Dayton, Ohio, GM plant before the Indiana Pacers of the rogue ABA make him their first player. He becomes a star, a three-time champ, a City Councilman, a civic icon. But he dies too young, stricken by cancer, tormented to the end by what-could-have-been laments. A once-magical name fades into obscurity -- until now. In September, Roger Brown will be belatedly enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame. See the film that helped make that happen. Stars include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Bill Cosby, Julius Erving, Bob Costas, and more.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Screening

9:00—11:00 PM | Theater
Evolution Of A Criminal, and victims. USA, 2014, 90 min
Ten years after robbing a Bank of America, filmmaker Darius Monroe returns home to examine how his actions affected the lives of family, friends...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

STEM Films: After-school Special (Followed by presentation on film animation)

2:00—4:00 PM | Theater
Faraja on the Frontline, Congo, 2014, 5 min
A portrait of a young man from Goma. But he is not a child soldier, he is not a victim of war, he is a boy who shows a different side of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Eyes on the Stars, USA, 2012, 3 min
Carl McNair tells the story of his brother Ronald, an African American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars.
Space Out, USA, 2013, 14 min
Damian is a teenager who struggles both socially and academically. He finds himself spacing out during a science test, living out a sci-fi fantasy while the clock ticks. Back in reality, he has flunked his test and fails to connect with his peers. However, the adult Damian has turned his childhood fantasies into a successful career.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Black Sci-Fi Evening

7:00—8:30 PM | Theater
Secret Decoder Ring, USA, 2013, 4 min
Justin is a normal kid eating his favorite breakfast cereal, when a special offer catches his eye: a secret decoder ring. He succumbs to the lure and sends away for it by mail. What he gets in return is more than he bargained for!
Steamfunk & Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy, USA, 2013, 4 min
A Black Victorian Fantasy is a mixed-media documentary short that explores an esoteric genre called Steampunk, and more specifically how people of color are engaging the steampunk aesthetic in creative ways. The intersection between past and future, technology and maker culture, and identity all appear in this unique science-fiction subsidiary. Many artists of color are using it as a venue to re-invent historical narratives of slavery and oppression. A combination of digitally-animated hand-drawn images, photographs, and live-action footage give a short-form introduction to this subject.
The Man in the Silo, USA, 54 min
Marcus Wells (Ernie Hudson), a successful African- American business man, wakes up to find himself in a dilapidated grain silo, and must reconnect the dots of his scattered and traumatized memory to discover the truth of how he ended up there; the deserted farm house across the way holds the dark secrets of the tragedy that befell him and his family.
Black Sci-Fi, UK, 1992
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film screening followed by filmmaker talkback

4:00—6:00 PM | Theater
Agizo ya Lumumba, Congo, 2013, 4 min
On 17 January, 1961, Patrice Emory Lumumba was assassinated by a regimes of domination and greed. On 17 January, 2014 we remember him as a hero of our regime of peace and empowerment.
Relax & Chill, USA, 2013, 7 min
Relax & Chill is a music-video/short-film inspired by Social Media today. In the status quo, most of our engagement comes from a laptop or a digital device. We're constantly online whether it's via Twitter, YouTube or Facebook. Every online account user knows that this is true.
‘Doc’ Crow: The Legend of Johnny 2-Strings, USA, 2013, 60 min
'Doc' Crow: The Legend of Johnny 2-Strings is a period piece docu-drama about a legendary blues man and his turbulent life through decades of music, who at the height of his touring career on the famed Chitlin' Circuit mysteriously vanished without a trace.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Ladies Night

7:00—8:30 PM | Theater
The Proposal, USA, 2011, 4 min
Julie is a school Teacher and Brian is an Engineer. They both love each other very much. After 5 years of dating Brian thinks it is time to propose to Julie. Julie, however doesn't believe that this is the best time to get married and continues to turn Brian down.
Earth, Water, Woman, Trinidad & Tobago, 2013, 22 min
This film tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad & Tobago West Indies, called Fondes Amandes, led by a charismatic Rastafarian woman, Akilah Jaramogi. Three decades ago Akilah settled on a barren, deforested hillside, blighted with floods in the rainy season and fires in the dry season. Together with her late husband, Tacuma, they started a family and reforested over 150 acres, restoring health to the hills and the watershed just outside the capital city of Port-of-Spain. When her husband died, Akilah continued this great work, initiating the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP), training community members as stewards of the forests and waters. Today Fondes Amandes is a thriving village atop a flourishing forest of 150 acres where residents have planted about 60,000 seedlings over the past thirty years. The community is regularly visited by international dignitaries and Akilah is heralded as the Wangari Maathai of Trinidad & Tobago.
The Pain of Love, USA, 2012, 14 min
Pain of Love centers around a young couple very much in love. Isabella lover Marques finds a hidden letter, and the love take a turn into a dramatic ending.
Finding Neptune, USA, 2013, 8 min
Allen (James Edward Shippy), an astronomy enthusiast, and Jennifer (Rachae Thomas), a college junior, are in the honeymoon stage of their new relationship. They are inseparable and their attraction for each other is undeniable. As they picnic on the beach they ponder all of the possibilities that their love can grow too. Within a year of taking the next big step and moving in with each other, things slowly start to deteriorate between the couple. As Allen and Jennifer’s true identities are revealed, their relationship is put to the test when Allen is caught masturbating to Internet porn. This is the last straw in a long line of missteps on Allen’s behalf. The next day he confronts Jennifer about his transgressions. But, Jennifer has already made up her mind, and is neatly packed to leave the apartment and Allen for good. She has also been drinking heavily, a bad habit exposed since they moved in together. While testing the boundaries of their love, Allen and Jennifer’s relationship slowly begins to unravel. Although Jennifer is done with the relationship, Allen makes a last ditch effort to reconnect with her on the sexual level that initially attracted them to each other. Eventually, Allen fails at this attempt with Jennifer and she finally leaves Allen at the apartment, alone. While separated, they are simultaneously confronted with the choice of going back to what was or moving on to what could be.
THE END AGAIN, USA, 2014, 15 min
THE END AGAIN is a pensive portrait of a couple’s last day together as they emphatically end their five-year relationship. Joe and Jane have reached an impasse. It’s moving day. But knowing that it’s over doesn’t make it any easier to walk away. The mood is somber yet routine. Jane prepares their tea like she’s done so many times before. Joe helps her pack up the last of her belongings even as she prepares to shut the door on their relationship and walk out of his life. Throughout the day, they muse on memories shared and rehash old arguments. Still the outcome remains the same. It’s over. In the end, their final farewell is emotional yet cold. Jane leaves. Joe is left alone. The end has arrived. Or has it? The contemporary romantic drama illustrates the sometimes complex yet nuanced struggles that often accompany breakups as Jane Salmon and Joe Maxwell attempt to reconcile their personal battles of conscience against a love that still remains.
Chicken Soup, Malaysia, 2013, 9 min
When a husband and his wife are unable to overcome their martial issues, their prayers are answered with the help of a messenger sent from ‘above’.
Dancing Like Home, USA, 2013, 31 min
Dancing Like Home, a personal documentary film explores the realities of going back 'home' to the motherland - Senegal, West Africa. Actress/filmmaker Joyce Guy's passion for African dance sets her in pursuit to find the meanings of the traditional dance ceremonies of Casamance, Senegal but once there her expectations of this culturally rich region are challenged. Having no firsthand knowledge of the region, Joyce decides to go on a preliminary location scout to receive permission from the village chiefs. With Malang Bayo, a former member of the National Ballet of Senegal, born and raised in Casamance, they travel 'home' to distinct villages of varying sizes, tribes and leadership. The story navigates through the exploration of the dance and its traditions but also the challenges she faces in Africa as an outsider who is further impeded by a language barrier, living conditions, and by being a non-Muslim woman in a patriarchal society. Encountering on the way, some realities of the motherland are not what she expected them to be. What is revealed is the depths that dance are embedded in their language of expression, whether it is communicating the birthing of children, the passing of elders, or the mediation of conflicts between people and villages.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film screenings

9:00—10:30 PM | Theater
Faraja on the Frontline, Congo, 2014, 5 min
A portrait of a young man from Goma. But he is not a child soldier, he is not a victim of war, he is a boy who shows a different side of the entrepreneurial spirit.
My American Fund, Nigeria, 2013, 13 min
Samuel is an American boy stuck in a small town in Nigeria. His Grandmother is mean, he hates his school, but most of all he longs to be home with his mother. With his 'American fund' he runs away back to the States, but will he make it?
down, down, baby, USA, 2013, 11 min
Faced with being sent to a homeless shelter for troubled teens, Angel Anderson must search for her father and inevitably confront the truth about the family she wants in order to embrace the family she needs.
Kenya’s Eyes (The Short), USA, 2014, 11 min
Kenya’s Eyes a dramatic and gritty film centered on a young distress girl who battles with self-identity and deep depression. Based on true events, Kenya faces bullying and mental abuse throughout her junior high school years. Lisa, Kenya's mother who is a single mother raising 4 kids tries to teach Kenya how to be self-dependent but back fires when suspicion in the household stirs Kenya's 7Th grade teacher Mrs. Fielder.
Punch Me, USA, 2011, 14 min
With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most.
Dreaming, USA, 2014. 30 min
John Doe finds himself in a coma, stuck between two realities. All he has to do to become conscious again, is figure out which reality is real—in other words, figure out who he is. But he had better choose right, or he'll never wake up again.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Screenings

4:00—6:00 PM | Theater
Santiago is Santiago, USA, 2013, 15 min
Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot.
Where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the
Commercialized World of American Mass Media!
In over 50 years since the revolution, Cuba’s isolation has allowed the culture to evolve on it’s own. In 2010, filmmaker Warren Haack went to Cuba on a lark to experience the music and ended up falling in love with the culture. He returned four more times to experience it and film this in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.
Of all the cities he visited, the filmmaker found Santiago de Cuba to be the most alluring, vibrant and soulful. The mix of Nahual Indian, African and Spanish blood, combined with insulation from the mass entertainment we know so well, has created a culture unlike any other. Although the cars may be old fashioned, the music is revolutionary because it creates new genres by the fusion of styles that the originators had never envisioned.
Agizo ya Lumumba, Congo, 2013, 4 min
Directed by Jobson Katondolo.
On 17 January, 1961, Patrice Emory Lumumba was assassinated by a regimes of domination and greed. On 17 January, 2014 we remember him as a hero of our regime of peace and empowerment.
Howl-N-Madd, Mississippi Blues Family Man, USA, 2014; 26 min
Growing up picking cotton in Mississippi, Bill Perry moved to Chicago to make a new life for himself. But his real success came when he returned 40 years later as 'Howl-N-Madd,' an engaging bluesman devoted to his music and his family.
Mabele na Biso Our Land, USA, 2013, 30 min
‘Aid’ and ‘Independence’ are terms that riddle the rhetoric of Western engagement with and imagination of Africa. But what is independence in our increasingly globalized world? Mabele Na Biso (our land) takes us on a journey through time and space to explore one region’s commitment to autonomy and self-determination. Through the unlikely story of a radio that has been modified to run on a generator fueled by locally produced palm oil, this film portrays a different story of African independence – one rooted in a history of defiance that has become a model of community engagement from independent educational systems to free, locally governed healthcare. Beyond offering a portrait into the community of Tolaw/Isangi, Mabele Na Biso invites the viewer to reflect on the true meaning of independence on a continent too often defined by a history of colonialism and domination.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Feature Film

7:00—8:30 PM | Theater
Life In America, Ethiopia/USA, 2013; 90 min
Zelalem Negede is the inventor of Life In America, a story of an Ethiopian kid (Kalbe) that migrated and brought to the USA 15 years ago by his mother and had the life that any typical kid would have in America but, he kept on making bad choices throughout his teenage life and as well as his early twenties . From picking on friends that had bad influence on him and a girl friend that was with him for her own benefits. His relation with his mother was rough until the day he had a fatal incident that brought them more together and actually became a turnaround point for him as well.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Screening

9:00—10:30 PM | Theater
O Espinho Da Rosa, Guinea-Bissau/Portugal, 2013; 96 min
Beware those who leave unresolved issues with the dead. Prosecuting Attorney David Lunga's success is overshadowed by the terrifying secrets of Rosa, a beautiful but mysterious woman with whom he falls in love. What mysteries does she hide?
As the macabre facts unravel, David comes face to face with his own demons and is driven to prove his innocence, recover his reputation and, above all, clear his own conscience.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00

Film Screening followed by Filmmaker Panel Brunch

11:00 AM—1:00 PM | Grand Hall
Black Film Now (Work-In-Progress), USA, 2014, 25 min
BLACK FILM NOW is the first documentary to explore the New Black Film Revolution. More films have been made by African-Americans in the past decade than in the entire history of film before it. Reelblack delves into its archive of interviews collected for its TV show since 2006, to examine the current state of Black Film. Where are we now? What are our concerns? Where are we going? Featuring exclusive interviews with Spike Lee, Haile Gerima, Ava DuVernay, Will Packer, Terence Nance, Nekisa Cooper, Devon Franklin, Tanya Hamilton, Neil Drumming, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Harry Belafonte, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Baratunde Turston, Anthony Mackie, Cheryl Dunye, Paul Mooney, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans, Ice-T and Issa Rae. Black Film Now begins a dialog on cinema that is long overdue.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $6.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Short Followed by LGBTQ Feature Film and Panel Discussion

1:00—3:00 PM | Theater
Me & You, USA, 2012, 3 min
On May 25, 1971, Jackie Miller and her husband brought home their son, Scott, whom they adopted. 37 years later, Scott brought his mother to StoryCorps, where they shared a conversation about Jackie's decision to adopt him, their profound love for one another, and Scott's trepidation at what the future holds.
The New Black, USA, 2013, 75 min
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Fatherhood Films

4:00—6:00 PM | Theater
Meeting Gary, USA, 2013, 13 min
Meeting Gary is a film about domestic child neglect. The story is set up in the low income, 'ghetto' neighborhood. A boy's dream of becoming a professional dancer is being ignored by his own parents because they are too busy dealing with their own life struggles. He keeps reaching out for love and understanding, but keeps getting rejected. Is anybody out there who is paying attention to this boy's most basic need for love and support? Will he carry on going and follow his dream?
Barbasol, USA, 2012, 22 min
Barbasol is a story that touches on themes that will certainly lead to well needed discussions about father and son relationships as well as mental illness. Barbasol is a short film about a man that desires to bond with his father; as his father is slipping further into dementia. Mental illness is a topic that is rarely discussed, particularly in ethnic communities. Barbasol is a personal journey in storytelling. “It is a unique chance to tell a complex story of the father and son relationship”, says Ralph Scott the film’s Producer and Director. “Barbasol is meant to share with many different mental health organizations. It has already sparked many conversations about dementia and Alzheimer’s in just the mere mention of the storyline.” The goal is to create a project that will inform, inspire, and motivate people about the importance and impact of father-Hood and Mental Health awareness. The quality and delivery of the film is very important and everyone affiliated with this film believes in the message and places high stakes on the added value that this film will project. Under the banner of an independent film promotion company, Social Cinema, Barbasol will be linked with various mental health organizations. Written and produced by Kiara C. Jones of Cultivated Films, the film stars Stephen Hill as Harper; Ebbe Bassey as Grace; Elijah Williams as Grant and William Jay Marshall as 'Super Chief'.
Spit’in Anger: Venom of a Fatherless Son, USA, 2014, 60 min
Spit'in Anger is the exploration into the uncharted space of fatherlessness. Through the story of one of America's premier leaders in the responsible fatherhood movement--Kenneth Braswell--we learn that the filmmaker and healer is about to receive a lesson in healing himself. Experts Dr. Jeff Gardere, Iyanla Vanzant. Judge Mablean Ephriam and Terrie Williams lay the foundation for one of most devastating social ills for black children in America; father absence. Today; 82.3% of African American children born since 1990, will live in a home without their biological fathers before their 18th birthday.
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Feature Film with Guest Director

7:00—8:30 PM | Theater
The Magic City, USA, 2013, 83 min
The Magic City, by Director R. Malcolm Jones, is a motion picture based on hope and resilience played out in a coming of age story laced with sometimes insurmountable tragedies and exhilarating adventures. Characters Tiana, Nia and Amiya initially adversaries, forge a lifelong friendship through hope and adversity in one of Miami’s gritty and unforgiving neighborhoods, Liberty City.
Told mainly through the voice of Tiana, viewers are given an honest and riveting first hand account of her journey. Sisters Tiana and Nia abandoned by their drug addicted mother, become one of the many children placed in the Florida foster care system. The system splits up the two sisters and once they are reunited they vow to each other never to be separated again.
The summer begins when the sisters are placed in the care of their Aunt. Aunt Georgia finally gives the girls a place they can call home. With love and discipline the girls begin to blossom and trust again. Next door to their new home is Amiya. Tiana and Amiya do not initially see eye to eye as Amiya, neglected by her mother, has been left in the care of her Aunt (Jenifer Lewis). Amiya, a well to do teenage girl from Tampa is now living in Liberty City for the summer. Timid and afraid Amiya in typical teenage fashion battles with her Aunt and encounters her Uncle Tru (Jamie Hector) who is living with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Tru becomes a source of inspiration and knowledge for Amiya. Soon enough Tiana, Nia and Amiya become best friends.
The girls spent the summer sharing nights at the local skating rink and days at the mall. They also shared a secret. Through dramatic circumstances the girls come together to ensure each other’s happiness when tragedy enters their lives once more. Aunt Georgia suddenly dies, leaving Tiana and Nia afraid and alone. Together the girls plot to conceal the death by deception and cleaver misdirection turning to the Liberty City streets to survive and dodging Mr. Daniels (Keith David) the relentless boyfriend of Aunt Georgia.
Magic City stars Jenifer Lewis – Black Reel Award winner, Annie Award nominee and two times Image Award nominee,Keith David-two time Emmy Award winner, two times Daytime Emmy Award Nominee and Annie Award nominee, Jamie Hector- 2011 Black Reel Award nominee, breakout role in HBO’s The Wire and introducing Latrice Jackson(Tiana), LaShay Jackson-(Nia )and Amiya Thomas (Amiya).
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Film Shorts followed by Feature Film

9:00—10:30 PM | Theater
Chicken Soup, Malaysia, 2013, 9 min
When a husband and his wife are unable to overcome their marital issues, their prayers are answered with the help of a messenger sent from ‘above’
MODOU MODOU, Spain, 2013, 11 min
MODOU MODOU is the life of many African people who live in Europe. Missing their countries, they fight every day to improve their families and their own living conditions.
Jackie., USA, 2011, 17 min
A friendly dinner takes a wrong turn in this story of an Ivy Leaguer and her birth-mother who find out that their similarities are disturbingly strong and first impressions can never be undone. Having grown up in East New York's volatile child care system, Jackie Isley is armed with street and book-smarts upon meeting 'Ronnie' for the first time. Looking more like her sister, Jackie soon learns that not only is she the product of a teenage pregnancy, but also that her mother is out for blood...
Tobacco Burn, USA, 2013, 17 min
Based on an oral history from the W.P.A. Writers, Tobacco Burn is a story set thirty-five years before the Civil War at the height of American slavery. Our story follows a slave community on a Kentucky tobacco farm as they struggle with the arrival of a brutal overseer. When two of the enslaved weigh the complexities of killing the man, each develop a different understanding towards violence, acting on which could cost all of them their lives.
The Man in the Silo, USA, 2012, 54 min
Marcus Wells (Ernie Hudson), a successful African- American business man, wakes up to find himself in a dilapidated grain silo, and must reconnect the dots of his scattered and traumatized memory to discover the truth of how he ended up there; the deserted farm house across the way holds the dark secrets of the tragedy that befell him and his family.
His wife, EMILY, insisted they move to her childhood home to care for her ailing grandmother, SARAH. However, this new environment was anything but welcoming for Marcus and their son CARL. Sarah never approved of her granddaughter marrying a black man, and as a result a bitter rivalry festered between her and Marcus. The tension in the household erupts in the form of a shouting match with the married couple, and ends in a tragic car accident… leaving Emily and their son Carl dead. As a result of Marcus’ promise to his wife on her deathbed, he now feels obligated to care for the one person who despises him, Sarah, now wheel-chair bound and has lost the ability to speak.
Now forced to spend more time with Sarah, Marcus begins to imagine all of her incidental moans are actually purposeful forms of communication, beckoning her late husband to come back from the dead to kill him. CHARLIE, Sarah’s late husband, died in a grain silo accident long ago, and shared her hostility and racism toward the 'farm help.’
Marcus’ mental stability begins to fray, and he starts believing that Charlie is in fact coming back from the dead to kill him. Marcus battles with himself to either take his own life or confront his increasingly paranoid delusions.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Buy Tickets > Adult: $10.00
Senior/Youth: $5.00
Group: $7.00
(Minimum 50 tickets)

Closing Day Feature Film followed by discussion

1:00—5:30 PM | Theater
Toussaint L’Ouverture, France, 2012, 180 min
At the age of eight, Toussaint L’Ouverture is marked forever when he sees his father, an old slave, judged unproductive and thrown into the harbor. As an adult and a free man, L’Ouverture leads the slave revolt that results in the independence of Haiti.
Preceding the film at 12:15 pm in the West Room will be a public lecture presented by LHPAI Artist-in- Residence, Negarra A. Kudumu, MA titled “Toussaint L’Ouverture, Self-Determined: Lessons of Liberation from the Haitian Revolution.” Immediately following the film there will be a panel discussion with special guests Saheed Adejumobi, PhD (History, Film Studies & Director of Global African Studies Program - Seattle University), Dr. Angela Gilliam (Faculty Emerita - Evergreen State College) and Jacky Gotin (French Program Teacher - French American School of Puget Sound).

Closing Night Feature Film followed by talkback

7:00—10:00 PM | Theater
Mother of George, USA, 2013, 107 min
Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child—a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.

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