[Englmajors] Langston Hughes African American Film Festival April
18-26, 2009 (fwd)
swayze at u.washington.edu
Tue Mar 31 08:08:08 PDT 2009
The 6th Annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival April 18-26, 2009
SEATTLE March 31, 2009 ?Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (LHPAC) will
host its Sixth Annual African American Film Festival, featuring a powerful
lineup of documentaries, narratives, workshops, film shorts and animation. The
festival is thrilled to announce that American Violet , a true story about
race, poverty and the criminal justice system starring Nicole Beharie and Alfre
Woodard will open the festival on April 18th. On April 26th the festival will
wrap with the special partnership with the Seattle Latino International Film
Festival and the West Coast Premiere of Celia The Queen, a documentary about
the legendary Afro Cuban diva queen of salsa, Celia Cruz. The film?s director,
Joe Cardona will be on hand to discuss his work.
The African American Film Festival runs nine consecutive nights from April 18th
? 26th and all screenings will take place at the Langston Hughes Performing
Arts Center. The festival includes a number of thoughtful, inspiring and
irreverent entries from emerging and established filmmakers from across the
U.S. and around the globe. The selection of powerful, diverse, intelligent and
evocative films include a Hip-Hop Film Mini-Fest, a GLBT Film Mini-Fest that
specifically addresses lesbian and transgender issues, and a Katrina Film
Series that spotlights the disaster from three unique perspectives. A wide
array of talkbacks, panels and workshops are peppered throughout the festival
and provide a much needed bridge for artists and community patrons to engage in
This annual event is expected to draw over 1,000 people who are passionate
about creating and appreciating films by and about Black people in the world.
The Festival spotlights over 40 feature-length and short films by independent
filmmakers, and includes panel discussions, workshops special screenings for
senior & youth and the rare opportunity to chat face-to-face with prominent
filmmakers, industry professionals and community leaders.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: SEATTLE PREMIERES
? American Violet ? (4/18 7pm) Based on the astonishing true story of
Regina Kelly, a waitress wrongly arrested during a disastrous drug sweep in
Hearne, TX. Her refusal to accept a plea bargain eventually helped expose the
DA?s case a sham, based almost entirely on the word of a pathological
informant. Starring Nicole Beharie and Alfre Woodard. www.americanviolet.com
? Celia the Queen- (4/26 4pm)The story of legendary Afro Cuban diva Celia
Cruz, a woman whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation. Her reign as the
queen of salsa, surrounded her with some of the most important 1970s-era
figures of the genre. Features interviews with Quincy Jones and Wyclef Jean.
Filmmaker Joe Cardona in attendance. www.celiathequeen.com
? Prince of Broadway- (4/25 9pm) Sean Baker?s award winning film
showcases the underbelly of the wholesale fashion district through the eyes of
Lucky and Levon; two immigrant men struggling to confront what?s real and
what?s fake. www.princeofbroadway.com
? Us: A Love Story- (4/25 7pm) A beautiful and haunting allegory
exploring the relationships between Blacks and Whites. Filmmaker Alrick Brown
in attendance. www.usalovestory.com
? Medicine for Melancholy- (4/24 7pm) A love story of bikes and one-night
stands told through two African-American twenty-somethings dealing with issues
of class, identity, and the evolving conundrum of being a minority in rapidly
gentrifying San Francisco; the city with the smallest proportional black
population of any other American city. www.strikeanywherefilms.com
? Carmen and Geoffrey- (Seattle Premiere; 4/23 7pm) An intertwined video
history that explores the devoted relationship of dancers Geoffrey Holder and
Carmen De Lavallade.
? 13th Amendment- (4/19 1pm) This documentary short follows a 90-year-old
great-great-grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008
Pennsylvania primary. Having voted all her life, this is her first opportunity
to vote for a black man for President.
HURRICANE KATRINA SERIES
? Trouble the Water (4/22 7pm) 2009 Academy Award nominee/Best
Documentary. A redemptive tale of two self-described street hustlers who become
heroes. They survive the storm and seize a chance for a new beginning; Not As
Seen on TV (4/22 4pm) youth documentary by four teens; Renaissance Village
(4/19 1pm) A gritty look at the delicate relationship between gov?t and citizen
post disaster. Follows the personal struggles of five characters who live in a
FEMA trailer park where allegations of formaldehyde poisoning force the park to
close. Filmmaker Lou Karsen in attendance.
GLBT FILM MINI-FEST ? Lesbian/Transgender Focus
? Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project (4/19 4pm) 15-year old
student fatally stabbed in a gay hate crime in NJ; Still Black: A Portrait of
Black Transmen (4/19 4pm) explores the lives of 6 black transgender men living
in the U.S.; black/womyn?conversations (4/19 7pm) lives and views of lesbians
of African descent living in the U.S. Filmmaker Tiona M. in attendance.
HIP HOP FILM MINI-FEST
? Features B-Girl Be(4/23 4pm) recognizes and celebrates the role of
women in Hip Hop; 206 Zulu (4/23 9pm) local filmmaker Georgio Brown in
attendance; Masizake: Building Each Other (4/24 9pm) local filmmakers Scott and
Angela Macklin in attendance. Sabar (4/25 4pm) An African American California
born hip-hop girl resists the ancestral call of the Senegalese dance "Sabar."
When she finally gives in, she discovers more than a dance -she finds herself.
Filmmaker Chike C. Nwoffiah in attendance
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
? Transforming Tacoma: The Struggle for Civil Rights- (4/18 1pm) The
History of Civil Rights in Tacoma. Local Filmmaker Sidney Lee in attendance.
? February One ? (4/20 4pm) Based largely on first hand accounts and rare
archival footage, the new documentary film February One documents one volatile
winter in Greensboro that not only challenged public accommodation customs and
laws in North Carolina, but served as a blueprint for the wave of non-violent
civil rights protests that swept across the South and the nation throughout the
1960's. ? The Prophet of the Slaves- (4/26 1pm) Nat Turner believes that
he is destine by god to deliver his race from bondage and leads the bloodiest
slave revolt in U.S history. This is a powerful narrative short by director
Michael Flees that illustrates the passion and determination of a people
brought to a country as chattel. www.theprophetoftheslaves.com
? Sweet Old Song- (4/18 1pm) Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong: acclaimed
musician, NEA ?national treasure,? sly and charming personality. He is known
for a lifetime of jazz, blues, folk and country music but when he met Barbara
Ward, a sculptor 30 years his junior, a new chapter of his life/art unfolded.
This is the story of their courtship and marriage drawing on nearly a century
of African American experience, beginning with Armstrong's vivid
stories/paintings of his childhood in segregated TN.
? No Short Climb: Race Workers and America's Defense Technology- (4/21
7pm) Presenting the contributions made by Black scientists and technicians
recruited for military and civilian service jobs during WWII.
? Frederick Douglass and the White Negro- (4/26 1pm) Douglass escaped
slavery and took refuge in Ireland during the peak of the Great Famine. This
film examines the effect Ireland had on his activism, the role of the Irish in
America after Douglass' return, and the turbulent relationship between African
and Irish Americans as well as the race riot that rocked NYC during the Civil
All festival activities take place at the historic Langston Hughes Performing
Arts Center on 17th & Yesler (104 17th Ave. S). Advance tickets available
through Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/2303. Day of
show tickets also available at the Langston Hughes Box office. Opening and
Closing night film events begin at 7 pm, are $15, and include a reception. All
other evening showtimes are 7:00 pm. Sat/Sun. matinees at 1:00pm & 4:00pm.
Weekday matinees at 4:00pm. Late Shows at 9:00 pm Tues 4/21 -Sat. 4/25. Tickets
are $ 7 for adults $5 for seniors and $2 for youth. An all-access ?Langston
Pass? is $75. Film details and ticketing information are available at
www.langstonblackfilmfest.org or by calling 206-326-1088.
The African American Film Festival is supported by The Lucky 7 Foundation,
Seattle Parks and Recreation, 4 Culture, SafeCo Insurance, the Mayor?s Office
of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and a host of local businesses and organizations.
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival gives Northwest audiences a
chance to view a diverse array of irreverent, poignant, provocative documentary
films on topics such as youth, politics, history, social justice and
About the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival: The Langston Hughes
African American Film Festival supports community building by providing
opportunities for artists and audiences to connect using the medium of film as
a catalyst for dialogue that leads to social change. The festival creates year
round opportunities to enhance media literacy, self reflection, and community
discussion. By creating the shared experience of films that are by and about
Black people, the festival is a creative and collaborative opportunity to build
cultural competency across the aisle and across neighborhoods in greater
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