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    The Pan African Film Festival Announces Call for ArtFest Submissions

    America’s Largest, Most Prestigious Black Film Festival Features Unrivaled Art Show


    LOS ANGELES – The call for submissions is open for the 23nd Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF), February 12 – 22, 2015. The largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the U.S., PAFF spans 11 days, and attracts 40,000+ industry and public attendees to scheduled screenings of more than 150 films along with an unrivaled art show to 75,000+ attendees for the works of more than 100 fine artists, designers, and unique craftsmen from around the globe such as countries the United States, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola.
     The Pan African Film Festival



    The diversity of PAFF is represented by its core value of Pan-Africanism in every feature selected and its community programming including an extensive fine art show ArtFest and surrounding schools Black History Month curriculum.

    “Through the years, our guiding principle of ‘Pan-Africanism’ as a movement remains to unify and provide a space for patronage of the expression of all people of African descent worldwide” said Ayuko Babu, executive director and a founder of PAFF.

    PAFF ArtFest showcases creativity most often excluded from major museums and affords an exchange place to encourage art collection.

    ”PAFF ArtFest stimulates the Black art trade,” said Allohn, director of PAFF ArtFest. “There is education on fine art as an investment and exhibitor selling by the artists.”

    ELIGIBILITY:
    PAFF ArtFest is juried according to the following guidelines to maintain the objective of featuring fine art, quality craft and designer merchandise.

    Accepted: fine art and photography, handmade unique crafts and jewelry and designer fashions and accessories, one-of-a-kind, original pieces, designer-crafted or hand-printed T-shirts.

    Not Accepted: No incense, no perfume oils, no “low-end” jewelry and mass manufactured merchandise imported from Korea, China and etc.; no mass manufactured/printed T-shirts.

    Gallery applications will be accepted; however, a gallery may not exhibit and sell works by more than four artists. No application will be accepted without accompanying slides and/or photographs; a website can be provided if it includes a representative selection of work.

    SUBMISSION:
    Non-refundable $35

    Early Bird Submission:
    Sep. 30
    Regular Submission:
    Nov. 15

    Late Submission: $100 late fee
    Nov. 16 – Dec. 30

    For complete details on rules, restrictions, fees, deadlines, booth options, equipment rentals and online application, visit www.paff.org.

    TYPES OF ART:
    The directory of artist and business exhibits include:

    Fine Art
    Painting
    Illustrations
    Mixed Media
    Ceramics
    Photography
    Quilt
    Wearable Art
    Home Décor
    Craft
    Fashion
    Art Wear
    Jewelry
    Leather Craft
    African Textiles
    African Crafts
    Egyptian Artifacts

    ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ART FESTIVAL
    The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America's largest, and most prestigious Black film and arts festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the United States.

    PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

    Share in the movement:
    Official Site: http://www.paff.org/
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PAFF1992
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/paffnow
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/paffnow


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    BAMcinématek Presents the US Theatrical Premiere Run of Manfred Kirchheimer'sStations of the Elevated (1981) in a New Restoration, October 17th - 23rd

    Returning After a Sold Out Screening at BAMcinemaFest Screens With Kirchheimer's Claw (1968) “Achingly gorgeous.”—A. O. Scott, The New York Times

    “A 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spotting.” —Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice



    September 22nd, 2014 (New York, NY) - From Friday, October 17 through Thursday, October 23, BAMcinématek presents the US theatrical premiere run of Manfred Kirchheimer’s Stations of the Elevated (1981) in a new restoration.
    " a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel squall of jazz titan Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin’s transcendent rendition of “Amazing Grace.” "
    The earliest filmed document of graffiti, Manfred Kirchheimer’s richly chromatic city symphony—originally shot in 1977 on 16mm color reversal film and now remastered in high definition - sets images of New York City to a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel squall of jazz titan Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin’s transcendent rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Regarded by cinephiles and hip-hop heads as a cult masterpiece since its premiere at the 1981 New York Film Festival, Stations of the Elevated is a celebration of a quintessentially urban art form at a time when it was largely dismissed as vandalism.

    With lyrical shots of tagged trains, desolate rail yards, and other details of the urban landscape, it remains a priceless portrait of a bygone era of New York City culture. Back by popular demand after a sold-out screening at this year’s BAMcinemaFest, Stations will be presented in its US theatrical premiere run alongside Kirchheimer’s Claw (1968), a poetic, deeply critical examination of urban renewal. Kirschheimer will appear in person for Q&As on October 17 and 18.

     Stations of the Elevated



    An Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy release | 1981 | 45min | In English | Color | DCP

    Stations of the Elevated and Claw (30min) screen Fri, Oct 17—Thu, Oct 23: Fri & Sun at 2, 4, 6, 7:45*, 9:45pm; Sat at 7*, 9:15pm, Mon—Thu at 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, 10:00pm *Q&A with director Manfred Kirchheimer on Fri, Oct 17 at 7:45pm and Sat, Oct 18 at 7pm

    About Cinema Conservancy / Artists Public Domain
    Cinema Conservancy is the releasing program of Artists Public Domain, a New York-based non-profit production and distribution company. Cinema Conservancy helps to ensure the legacy and public availability of crucial works of American Independent cinema. Previous Cinema Conservancy releases include Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, the John Hubley Centennial, Nothing But a Man, Little Fugitive, Northern Lights and The Color Wheel. APD’s recent productions include Towheads, Another Earth, and The Forgiveness of Blood.

    About BAMcinématek
    The four-screen BAM Rose Cinemas (BRC) opened in 1998 to offer Brooklyn audiences alternative and independent films that might not play in the borough otherwise, making BAM the only performing arts center in the country with two mainstage theaters and a multiplex cinema. In July 1999, beginning with a series celebrating the work of Spike Lee, BAMcinématek was born as Brooklyn’s only daily, year-round repertory film program. BAMcinématek presents new and rarely seen contemporary films, classics, work by local artists, and festivals of films from around the world, often with special appearances by directors, actors, and other guests.

    BAMcinématek has not only presented major retrospectives by major filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Manoel de Oliveira, Shohei Imamura, Vincente Minnelli (winning a National Film Critics’ Circle Award prize for the retrospective), Kaneto Shindo, Luchino Visconti, and William Friedkin, but it has also introduced New York audiences to contemporary artists such as Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In addition, BAMcinématek programmed the first US retrospectives of directors Arnaud Desplechin, Nicolas Winding Refn, Hong Sang-soo, and, most recently, Andrzej Zulawski. From 2006 to 2008, BAMcinématek partnered with the Sundance Institute and in June 2009 launched BAMcinemaFest, a 16-day festival of new independent films and repertory favorites with 15 NY feature film premieres; the sixth annual BAMcinemaFest ran from June 18—29, 2014.


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    Christina Welsh

    Screenwriter Bio


    Los Angeles-native Screenwriter Christina Welsh previously gained acclaim for writing IF ONLY — the internationally released romantic drama starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tom Wilkinson. Welsh will soon enjoy widespread recognition as the co-writer of the screenplay for ADDICTED, soon to be released by Lionsgate Films, and starring Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Latino heart throb/Dancing with the Stars finalist William Levy. Welsh adapted the screenplay from the book by the same name.

    A Loyola Marymount University graduate with degrees in English and Screenwriting, Welsh knew at 14 that screenwriting was her passion and worked toward making it her career. IF ONLY — based on her original screenplay — was chosen to open the Sarasota Film Festival at which Welsh and the movie won the Mark P. Famiglio Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.

    ADDICTED -- opening in theaters on October 10th of this year, is Welsh's second movie and first domestic film release. It is a sexy and provocative thriller about a woman who is a sex addict. Lionsgate Films sent out an industry wide invitation to screenwriters to pitch for this open writing assignment. It was Welsh's writing prowess, superseded only by her passion for the project that landed her the job to adapt Zane's book into a screenplay. Welsh brings her adaptive skills and clear voice to the novel written by an African-American woman and starring a mostly African-American cast.

    While waiting for ADDICTED to go into production, Welsh broke into television, selling a pilot to Lionsgate TV and Lifetime. During her career, she has sold diverse original film projects to producers and studios such as Disney, Intermedia and Halcyon Pictures. Her internationally-released film IF ONLY was picked up by ABC Family for its U.S. television premiere.

    Prior to making the transition to full-time screenwriter, Welsh enjoyed a career in journalism. She served as the first woman editor-in-chief of LMU’s student newspaper. She was an entertainment reporter on Power 106-FM, then the #1 radio station in Los Angeles. As a field reporter Welsh reported live from the Oscars, the Emmys and the Golden Globe Awards. Welsh has interviewed the likes of such A-list stars as Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood.

    Welsh also served as the head film critic for Coast Media News and wrote, photographed and designed the monthly publications for several major Hollywood trade unions: IATSE Locals 33, 44 and 728, Teamsters Local 399 and the IBEW Local 40 studio electricians. A member of SAG/AFTRA, Welsh has a varied acting resume with film, theater and voiceover credits. She performed in and wrote several comedy showcases at the famed Groundlings Theatre. Later, she co-created and starred in two long-running live Hollywood theater productions — including a full-length musical and a sketch comedy/ improv show that played to audiences for over two years. Her comedy troupe received rave reviews from the L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly also earning them a featured segment on the nationally syndicated television show AFTER HOURS.

    Christina Welsh currently lives in Los Angeles and has a soon-to-be announced project still in the works.


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New York Film Academy takes a look at black inequality in film



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    Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light


    A new documentary Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light. While the Arch has been in numerous documentaries about all manner of things, this is the first doc that is specifically about him, his life and legacy.

    Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light is the opening feature at the Harlem International Film Fest this September.

    And right now folks can view this doc for 99 cents on Google Play!
    https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Children_of_the_Light?id=YPrq6wBGbXI


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    TEMPTING FATE

    RISING STAR NICHOLAS ALEXANDER MAKES A SPLASH

    IN NEW MOVIES THAT FOCUS ON THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE


    “Genuine passion...

    Alexander gives a very convincing performance that makes you curious to know more about him.”

    - The Urban Film Stage

    TEMPTING FATE



    LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2014) - Nicholas Alexander is an up and coming young actor poised to take the African American film community by storm. He makes his feature film debut opposite African Academy Award best actor winner, Ramsey Nouahand WEST OF THUNDER actor/writer Dan Davies. The film, TEMPTING FATE, will make its U. S. premiere July 4, and also internationally in the UK, Ghana and Nigeria. In 2015, it will compete to be included in the first round of Nigerian movies to be eligible for an American Academy Award

    TEMPTING FATE is just the tip of the iceberg for this talented actor with an ambitious appetite for quality work. Alexander just wrapped a supporting role opposite Kelly Hu (X-Men 2), and veteran character actor Robert Picardo in the Sci-Fi movie AGE OF TOMORROW.Soon he will play a Leading role in an independent pilot presentation for HBO, B.L.V.D, to be directed by publicist turned director Leigha Hagood, and Kofa Boyah.

    You may recognize Nicholas from the festival circuit where films like CHOICES have premiered to rave reviews. Several other shorts are slated for upcoming screenings including Jacob Stone, Roman Chapter 36, and FKG, a short film about two brothers going through a gang initiation. Of his work on FKG, Nicholas says "A story like this has meaning to me because it's a portrayal of what's real to me in this world.

    “People who aren't exposed to this kind of environment, don’t really get a chance to see what many of these kids and young adults in the hood are going through.” Said Alexander. “The young kids from these neighborhoods come up in this type of lifestyle, live it every day, and feel they have no other option but this way of life. They're not exposed to the opportunities kids from other communities have the privilege of experiencing."

    Nicholas’s work in TEMPTING FATE is sure to attract attention. Of all the movies Nicholas has acted in so far, TEMPTING FATE will have the largest fan base. It is part of the burgeoning “Nollywood” film offerings – slang for Nigerian-Hollywood Film. But unlike some Nigerian films that don’t pass the cultural barrier, this one, Nicholas says, is sure to appeal to a broader audience. A story of two brothers, one of deep faith and the other buried in a life of crime, have their worlds torn apart when the wrong one goes to jail and the other commits an unforgivable act. Nicholas plays Blake, one of the brother’s bank robbing cohorts. “When I got a chance to read it, it was really heartwarming,” says Nicholas of what attracted him to the project, “I felt the passion … You could really tell Kevin took his time molding these characters … each individual character is a thing of beauty.”

    About Nicholas Alexander
    From Naperville, Illinois, Nicholas attended The University of Arizona on a full athletic scholarship where he played Running Back for the football team. Though he played in two bowl games and entertained ambitions of playing in the NFL, he decided to pursue his primary passion for acting after graduation. He currently studies with director, Choice Skinner, who recently attached Isaiah Washington and Daniele Watts to his upcoming feature, WE ARE FAMILY. Nicholas will begin filming Skinner’s next project, KEEP THE FAITH starting at the end of June.


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    THE FIX

    Directed by Laura Naylor (72 mins)


    Junior, a young father trying to turn his life around after years of heroin addiction, joins forces with a group of fellow hepatitis-C-infected former junkies in the Bronx to fight the disease in their community. Knitting personal narratives together with a profile of innovative programs at a methadone clinic, the film explores the concept of storytelling as an instrument of change and gives a powerful voice to marginalized members of society. Ultimately a very personal story of redemption and hope, THE FIX puts a human face on addiction and disease with sensitivity and grace. www.thefixdoc.com

    AFI Docs Festival Screening: Thursday, June 19th @ 6:15 PM - AFI Silver Theater




    SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

    Directed by Abby Ginzberg (70 mins)


    SOFT VENGEANCE is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, which cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye, but miraculously he survived and after a long year of rehabilitation in England, he recovered. Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write the new Constitution and was then appointed as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past two decades has been insuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection. http://www.softvengeancefilm.org/MAIN.html

    The film is produced by Abby Ginzberg and executive produced by Oscar-Nominated actress Alfre Woodard who also serves as the narrator.

    AFI Docs Festival Screenings: Friday, June 20th 2014 @ 1:30 PM - AFI Silver Theater

    Honorable Ebrahim Rasoul, South Africa’s Ambassador to the U.S., will participate in a conversation following the screening.


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    2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING WEEKEND

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Ridley Attend Opening Weekend Activities


    WHAT: The 40th Seattle International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, May 15 with the annual Opening Night Gala and a screening of Jimi: All is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin. Director John Ridley attended the screening and actress Hayley Atwell.

    The 40th Seattle International Film Festival



    On Monday, May 19, Chiwetel Ejiofor received the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and participated in a moderated Q&A discussion led by John Horn following the screening of his film Half of a Yellow Sun.

    Other guests include who attended over the weekend included Laura Dern was another honoree who attended the screening of The Fault in Our Stars along with the film’s producer Isaac Klausner. Dern received the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and participate in a moderated Q&A discussion led by Elvis Mitchell. Also, Clark Gregg attended the screening of his film Trust Me, which starred in and directed. Actress Jenny Slate attended the screening of Obvious Child along with director Gillian Robespierre.

    MORE: Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 70 countries each year. For additional information visit www.siff.net.


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    APD's CINEMA CONSERVANCY PRESENTS STATIONS OF THE ELEVATED

    New restoration of Manfred Kirchheimer's legendary NYC film to Premiere at BAMCinemaFest June 27, 2014


    May 15th, 2014 (New York, NY) - APD’s Cinema Conservancy program is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Stations of the Elevated (1981), a 45-minute independent documentary directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer, in a new restoration. Shot over the course of 1977 on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of elevated subway trains crisscrossing New York City's gritty urban landscape. With a complex soundtrack that combines the ambient sounds of the city with the music of Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin, the film is an impressionistic portrait of and tribute to a New York that has long since disappeared.

    On Friday, June 27 BAMCinemaFest will present the world premiere of APD/Cinema Conservancy’s new restoration of Stations of the Elevated on the Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater. The event begins with a live performance by legendary jazz ensemble the Mingus Dynasty, the original Charles Mingus legacy band. The first band Sue Mingus organized after Charles’ death in 1979, this acclaimed orchestra continues to interpret Charles Mingus’ more than 300 compositions, and will perform as a prelude to Kirchheimer’s jazz-inflected documentary. Tickets go on sale May 14, 2014 here: http://www.bam.org/film/2014/bamcinemafest2014.

    The newly restored version of the film will be released in theaters this fall accompanied by other works by Manfred Kirchheimer. The restoration process includes both re-mastered image and sound.

    Director of Cinema Converancy Jake Perlin stated, “I was hypnotized by Stations from the first time I saw the video cassette, just like the twenty plus times I have seen it since. When thinking of dream projects for Cinema Conservancy, it was at the top of the list. Working with Manny to be able to bring the film back to audiences in this beautiful version and have it premiere on the enormous screen in the Harvey, is thrilling!"

    "In 1977 when Stations of the Elevated was filmed, illegal graffiti on New York’s subway trains was considered the scourge of the city. Mayors and passengers called it vandalism; attack dogs were let loose to scare and apprehend the perpetrators--kids with names and messages they wanted to 'get up.' Today, museums, advertisers and celebrities court the graffiti writers and display their work. With the careful HD restoration of the film, it lives again in all its blazing glory”, said Manfred Kirchheimer.

    Among the first-ever documentations of graffiti on film, Stations of the Elevated Stations of the Elevated
    The film premiered at the 1981 New York Film Festival, but lacking appropriate music licenses, Stations of the Elevated was never theatrically released in the United States. In the 30 years since its completion it has been rarely screened, developing a cult amongst cinephiles and jazz- and graffiti-lovers. After two years of working to secure appropriate licenses for its soundtrack, APD's Cinema Conservancy program will finally make this crucial cultural document and cinematic experience available to the public in 2014 with a theatrical run.

    Filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer (b. 1931) immigrated to New York with his family as a child, escaping Nazi Germany to settle in Washington Heights. After studying at Hans Richter's Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York, he spent many years working in the film industry while self-financing his own independent films. A long-time professor at the School of Visual Arts, Kirchheimer has documented New York with an observant, sympathetic eye for decades, in films including We Were So Beloved (1986), Claw (1968), Short Circuit (1973), Bridge High (1975) and Colossus on the River (1963).

    Now, 33 years after it’s initial release and coming back home, Stations of the Elevated’s new transfer can be seen with a fresh pair of eyes having its world premiere at BAMCinemaFest, Friday, June 27th at 8:00pm at the BAM Harvey Theater.

    Details regarding the film’s theatrical re-release this fall will be announced in the coming months.

    Cinema Conservancy is the releasing program of Artists Public Domain, a New York-based non-profit production and distribution company. Cinema Conservancy helps to ensure the legacy and public availability of crucial works of American Independent cinema. Previous Cinema Conservancy releases include Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, the John Hubley Centennial, Nothing But a Man, Little Fugitive, Northern Lights and The Color Wheel. APD’s recent productions include Towheads, Another Earth, and The Forgiveness of Blood.

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    THE RESCUERS

    A Film by Michael King


    THE RESCUERS


    Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King (Bangin'), THE RESCUERS uncovers the largely unknown stories of 13 heroic diplomats who, at tremendous personal cost, saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The film is narrated by Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, who travel across the world interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. Nyombayire and Gilbert explore and contemplate the past in a quest, in part, to understand what should be done to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere.

    Opens in NYC May 9, 2014
    Available on VOD May 6, 2014
    Running time: 105 minutes
    http://www.rescuersdoc.com/


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    The Return of the Lost Ones Film is Offering the Public a Chance to Join Moviemaking History


    View PDF Version: http://goo.gl/urTgwy

    As one of the most acclaimed filmmaking projects in recent memory, the Return of the Lost Ones film is destined to reap numerous honors and awards. This riveting motion picture shines a spotlight on a forgotten chapter in Jewish history, the forced conversion of Jews during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. During a large part of the past millennium, Jews were forced to leave these countries or adopt the Catholic faith, leaving millions of descendants without any knowledge of their heritage.

    The Return of the Lost Ones is a documentary that illuminates this tragic history and the modern day movement of the Annusim, i.e. Lost Ones, who are now returning to their Jewish faith. This timeless film examines the lives of prominent Annusim who have embraced their long lost heritage and the trials they endure as they discover and explore their new faith and culture. With the cooperation of Annusim in Europe, North America and South America, this film will tell the heartbreaking tales of men and women who have been denied their own cultural and religious identity for generations.

    Currently, the Return of the Lost Ones is in pre-production and is seeking financing from the public. The production crew is composed of leading moviemaking professionals from the industry who are passionate about telling this truly important story. With the financial assistance of contributors, Return of the Lost Ones can rent a RED camera and lighting equipment, travel to locations, and properly edit and market this film.

    Financial contributors will receive a number of gifts in addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are a part of filmmaking history. These include tickets for the red carpet premiere, copies of the film, and film credits as well as various other sponsorship and investment opportunities. The film’s producers are also eager for your assistance in spreading the word about the film through social media like Facebook and Twitter. They would also like to get in touch with Lost Ones who are willing to share their story on film. You may make a financial contribution at http://goo.gl/tyjfsU

    About Us:
    The Return of the Lost Ones is a passion project from internationally acclaimed producer and director Dr. Jane Statlander-Slote. Jane is a renowned Professor of American Literature, documentarian, and psychotherapist. In addition to producing major films like Out of Newark, Dr. Statlander-Slote has also produced numerous highly honored books. She currently resides in Miami with her husband and famed philosopher Michael Slote.

    For more information on this press release visit: http://www.abnewswire.com/pressreleases/the-return-of-the-lost-ones-film-is-offering-the-public-a-chance-to-join-moviemaking-history_10921.html

    Media Contact:
    Beverley Harris-Alvarez
    Company Name: The Return of the Lost Ones
    Email: eretz.or.production@gmail.com, bha1966@gmail.com
    Country: United States
    Website: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/return-of-the-lost-ones#home


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    Afraid Of Dark


    Afraid Of Dark


    Hey!

    Did I tell you that we are live on Kickstarter? It's day Three and it's Friday, which means Payday (for some). The project is 3% funded, but we have 27 days left to raise $15,000.

    As a friendly reminder, the money is NOT taken out of your account until I raise all the money, which is May 9th. So, you can pledge now to show our strength in numbers and that you support the project.

    This is a much needed project and it is important to the community to get it out. We need $15,000 to make it happen. The money will be pay for rights/clearances, legal fees and marketing.

    We created a special page to make it easier to share below.
    Kickstarter Share Buttons (click here)
    Help bring THIS project out by pledging and spreading the world about it.
    Here is another look at the trailer, which received a lot of recognition...

    Film Trailer (click here)

    PS…. It’d mean the world to me if after you click the link above, you forward to a handful of friends, family and co-workers. www.afraidofdarkthefilm.com

    Thank You! :)
    Mya B.
    "The people united should never be defeated."


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    (BPRW) SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL “UP FAITH & FAMILY SCREENPLAY COMPETITION” AT THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) ENTERS ITS FINAL WEEK

    - Three Finalists Will be Chosen to Compete for $5,000 Grand Prize -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – April 22, 2014 – UP, America’s favorite channel for uplifting family entertainment, and partner American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced that Friday, April 25 is the final deadline for entries in the fourth annual “UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition.” The successful competition promotes the development of faith-friendly, family entertainment screenplays with a focus on the American Black experience, and is a component of UP’s Official sponsorship of Film Life’s 18th annual ABFF, the preeminent festival promoting cultural diversity within the film and television industry. The 2014 ABFF will be held June 19-22 in New York City for the first time.

    Through Friday, submissions for the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition are being solicited by the ABFF on the organization’s website (http://www.ABFF.com/#!submit-up-screenplay/c6u3) and newsletter. All eligible screenplays received will be sent to UP for review by a select panel, which will choose the top three screenplay finalists. At ABFF in June, a scene from each of the top three screenplays will be performed live by actors and directed by the screenwriter. The Grand Prize winner of the Competition will be announced during the “ABFF Honors” awards presentation and will receive a check for $5,000.

    “The UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition has grown every year and is now recognized as a prestigious opportunity for aspiring screenwriters," said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, UP. “Each year, the competition draws a wide range of talent submitting work across various genres such as family adventure, comedy, romantic comedy sports and drama. The program is a great extension of our network’s commitment to showcasing uplifting, multicultural family-friendly stories."

    In past years, the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition has generated films that UP has produced and aired on the network, including Somebody’s Child, written by Siddeeqah Powell and directed by Gary Wheeler. Two of the films – In the Meantime, written by Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, and Raising Izzie, written by David Martyn Conley – were produced and directed by Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films, ABFF’s only two-time winner of the Best Film Award. Raising Izzie and Somebody’s Child are among the network’s most watched original movies.

    Entries for UP's Faith & Family Screenplay Competition should be formatted for a two-hour television movie, or approximately 88 minutes of content excluding commercials; center around faith-friendly, family-friendly topics with a focus on the American Black cultural experience with a wide audience appeal. All submissions should be non-period pieces. Please visit ABFF.com for complete details. Submissions should be mailed to:

    UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition 2014
    c/o Film Life, Inc.
    Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Suite 303
    New York, NY 10011

    All submission materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 25.

    About ABFF
    Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry. The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a New York-based event marketing, and production and film distribution company founded in 2000 by Jeff Friday (CEO). Visit www.ABFF.com for more details.

    About UP
    UP, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment, is a 24-hour television network that provides high-quality, diverse, family-friendly programming, including original and premiere movies, theatricals, drama and comedy series, music and holiday specials. UP can be seen in 67 million homes in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) on cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Charter and Cox Communications as well as DIRECTV (Channel 338), DISH Network (Channel 188) and Verizon FIOS (Channel 224). As part of its mission to entertain and uplift, the network’s pro-social initiative “Uplift Someone” reminds and inspires people to do simple acts of kindness. UP is also a service provider to its sister network ASPiRE. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC, which also offers gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. Follow UP on the Web at www.UPtv.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UPtv, Twitter on @UPtv and Instagram at UP_TV.


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    KUMARE Filmmaker & Provocateur Vikram Gandhi Joins HBO’s VICE As Producer & Correspondent

    - VICE Episodes With Vikram Gandhi Starts April 4th, 2014 only on HBO -


    KUMARE Filmmaker & Provocateur Vikram Gandhi Joins HBO’s VICE As Producer & Correspondent


    March 24th, 2014 (New York, NY) -- Provocateur, filmmaker and journalist Vikram Gandhi has joined HBO’s Emmy® nominated news magazine show, VICE.

    Gandhi, who has previously appeared on The Colbert Report, Nightline, Al Jazeera’s The Stream, and numerous NPR programs, will produce segments for VICE and appear as an on-air correspondent. Gandhi will explore a range of topics and stories from terrorism in India, to tribal uprising in Papua New Guinea, to government secrecy in Japan, and ultra-violence in Honduras.

    "Vice makes the kind of documentaries that I'd been trying to make for years. There is a deeper truth that can be revealed from living in a story. And that is what we are trying to tap into. It was a perfect fit for me. It's been refreshing to be in an environment that is not afraid to take risks. This season has been challenging, seeing the world in way I've never seen before", said Vikram Gandhi.

    Vikram Gandhi’s film Kumaré won the Audience Award for Feature Documentary at SXSW 2011. In Kumaré, Vikram impersonates a religious leader and creates a following of real people. While concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, Kumaré forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. By building a nest of followers, teaching them that religious leaders are not needed in finding spiritual enlightenment by subsequently outing himself, Vikram in the end, became a student to Kumaré’s teachings, helping himself while helping others.

    Kino Lorber released Kumaré in the US to critical praise; the film was then released in over 20 other countries. Stephen Holden gave the film a positive review in The New York Times, The Village Voice called the film “Incredibly moving”, The Washington Post gave it a “critic’s pick” and Salon gave it a “Pick of the Week”.

    The innovative news magazine show VICE kicked off its 12-edition second season FRIDAY, MARCH 14th (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), immediately following “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Vikram Gandhi’s first of five episodes airs on FRIDAY, APRIL 4th. Joining Vikram this season are additional new award-winning correspondents to the show’s roster. Along with Shane Smith, 2014 correspondents include VICE Media co-founder Suroosh Alvi; conflict-zone journalist, documentary filmmaker and author Ben Anderson; Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Fazeelat Aslam (HBO’s “Saving Face”); VICE Media editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro; artist David Choe; Iranian photojournalist and filmmaker Gelareh Kiazand; and longtime VICE correspondent Thomas Morton.

    HBO partners with VICE, the revolutionary new media company of the same name, on the Emmy®-nominated weekly series.

    Always unorthodox and at times irreverent, VICE takes viewers around the globe as its correspondents cover stories often overlooked by traditional media outlets. When reporting on today’s most pressing issues, from anti-government rebellions to hotbeds of terrorist activity to conflict and corruption, VICE uses an immersive documentary style to bring a unique perspective to the events shaping the future.

    Hosted by VICE Media founder Shane Smith, the series is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, VICE’s chief creative officer, and BJ Levin, with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria serving as consultant.

    In the 2014 season, VICE investigates a broad range of topics, traveling to global locations to report on everything from rampant U.S. military waste and corruption in Afghanistan to extortion, torture and killing in Rio’s favelas, and terrorist training in Dagestan.


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    TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN

    - A Film by Sylvia Caminer Opens in NYC April 25th in conjunction with World Malaria Day Running time: 102 minutes -


    TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN


    After nine long years in the USA furthering his education Venance is traveling home to Tanzania with Kristen, a close American friend from a vastly differing background. As Venance leads Kristen through his native countryside, they experience the ancient culture, the present-day poverty, and the eternal spirituality of his motherland. As Venance struggles to blend his newly learned western philosophy with that of tribal life Kristen experiences a life-changing transformation by observing first-hand the daily struggle to survive for many living on the continent. It is a dramatic, emotional, visually stunning odyssey that challenges and changes our protagonists forever.

    Kristen's trip, and bout with Malaria there, inspired her to create Malaika For Life (http://malaikaforlife.org) – a business which sells bracelets made by Tanzanian women. Proceeds for each bracelet sold are used to provide life-saving treatment for one African suffering from Malaria – hence their slogan "Buy a Bracelet, Save a Life". To date, Malaika For Life has saved over 22,000 lives and has the support of celebrities including Mandy Moore and NBA star Metta World Peace.

    Hoping to re-create the success of that campaign, the filmmakers are launching "Buy A Movie Ticket, Save a Life" in conjunction with the theatrical release of TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN in April. Proceeds from every ticket sold to the public will be used to provide life-saving treatment for Malaria patients in Africa.


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    John Forté / Church (feat. Stage: Soul Music)


    More than a philosohpy, Le CASTLE is a place/space/state of being where we set out to make beautiful things... under one magnificent roof. Sometimes it begins with a smattering of dialogue. And sometimes the inspiration is the call of something natural and wild at night. Regardless, the energy is alive and we go there to pay attention...........

    John Forté



    https://soundcloud.com/whatevaok/church-feat-stage-soul-music
    The Russian Winter Official Trailer


    John Forté



    Official Brooklyn Nets Anthem
    "Brooklyn: Something To Lean On"



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    (BPRW) Photo of Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier Presenting Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs Available on Business Wire's Website and AP PhotoExpress


    Photo of Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier Presenting Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs
    Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier present the Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Boone Isaacs is the first African American and only the third woman elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its 86 year history. This is one of the most exciting years in black film ever, and 2014 is a record year for African American presenters at the Oscars(R). The Oscars(R) air this Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. (Photo: Business Wire)


    Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier present the Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Boone Isaacs is the first African American and only the third woman elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its 86-year history. This is one of the most exciting years in black film ever, and 2014 is a record year for African American presenters at the Oscars®. The Oscars® air this Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.

    Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


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    2014 Sundance Film Festival

    - Throughout the festival, Blackhouse Foundation brings its special flare to Park City promoting black filmmakers, introducing exciting programming, networking opportunities, and of course, the chance to enjoy great entertainment.

    Throughout the day, a plethora of African-American thespians, producers, directors and many others come through the doors, all in celebration of Black Cinema. Please visit: The Blackhouse Foundation. -


    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    ³Cues & Hues: How Music Helps Define The Black Film Experience.² The panel explored how music brings film to life. Whether it¹s the core subject or just the critical element that underlies the story, music is key to the telling of an amazing story. The panel featured filmmakers and song masters behind the most melodious Black films in the festival, the panel explored the process of building stories around musical subjects and forming the soundtracks that tell the most powerful tales.



    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    Panelists: Brett Dismuke, SVP of Acquisitions at One Village Entertainment, a division of Image Entertainment, Music producer Jonathan McHugh, and artist/composer Vernon Reid. Music industry veteran, Barry Cole, moderated the panel. The Blackhouse & VH1 hosted panel discussed the Rock Doc Series ³The Making of The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip-Hop, How A Book Went From the Shelves to the Screen² with panelists Steve Stoute (author, CEO of Translation), Billy Corben (Director, Filmmaker), Brad Abramson (VP, VH1 Production & Programming), Keith Clinkscales (CEO, Revolt TV)



    ³Meet the Filmmakers²: Firelight Media and American Experience celebrated the premiere of Freedom Summer, directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and MacArthur ³Genius² Fellow Stanley Nelson

    Moderated by Paul Garnes, the Money TalksŠSo Learn The Language: Finding Film Finance panel included Greg Centineo, Kevin Monroe, Rudy Langley, Corky Kessler and Maureen Cox.

    Finding Dollars Without Losing Faith: Fundraising in a New Media Landscape Sponsored by Independent Television Service (ITVS), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Sundance and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris (Through A Lens Darkly) offered attendees a keen look into the world of indie film and transmedia finance.


    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    Recognizing that women are underrepresented throughout the film & the entertainment industry, 2014 sponsor BET hosted Women: Provoking Change, Empowering Film. With attentive eyes and ears, moderator Vicky Free, Chief Marketing Officer, BET Networks, led a powerful discussion with industry executives, such as Nina Shaw, Partner, Del Shaw, Moonves Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano, Lena Waithe, Producer, Dear White People, Stacy Smith, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg, all offering insight on the role they individually and collectively play in the quest to provoke transformation and diversity across the filmed entertainment landscape.



    Moderated by producer & Blackhouse board member Carol Ann Shine SAGindie + IFP Panel On Casting: Solving the Talent Quotient included notable industry gurus from Ron Simons, (Simon Says Entertainment), Melissa Breaux (Manager, Washington Square Films), Amy Dotson (Deputy Director Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)), Darrien Gipson (National Director of Diversity, SAG iNDIE), and actor Jay Mills. Each discussed current dynamics in indie film casting, discuss how to attract named black actors to indie roles, how to build the right cast regardless and how to thrive when the named actors don¹t materialize.


    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    The cast of the movie Dear White People visited The Black House during the Sundance Film Festival, and include Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls), Brandon P. Bell, Teyonah Parris, and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris)



    WGA West/Final Draft Coffee Break
    Our Lens: Stories From Across The Black Diaspora: Expanding Black Film Panel
    Webseries, Television, Film ­ In No Particular Order: A Digital Panel
    Leave Them Wanting More: Capturing an Audience in Short-Form Panel


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    (BPRW) New Book for Young Readers on African American Film Pioneer

    - Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man Profiles the Struggle and Success of the First Great Black Filmmaker -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man, a new release from The Hollywood Press, brings the story of America's greatest African American filmmakers to life. The book is designed for everyone who loves movies and would like to introduce young audiences to the history of film. The illustrated soft cover book provides insightful glimpses into the lives and work of African American filmmakers, memorable screen icons and less familiar figures.

    Oscar Micheaux
    Oscar Micheaux: A Self Made Man by Jeremy Geltzer
    (Photo: Business Wire)



    Written by Jeremy Geltzer, a film professor, entertainment lawyer and author, the book is targeted to middle grade readers, ages 9-13. Oscar Micheaux’s life vividly demonstrates the American Dream. The son of ex-sharecroppers, Micheaux worked odd jobs from Pullman Porter to Dakota homesteader before becoming one of the first black filmmakers. He made films outside Hollywood that were tailored to black audiences using his own stars. Among Micheaux’s discoveries were Paul Robeson and Robert Earl Jones, father of James Earl Jones.

    In less than 30 years Micheaux directed over 40 films. While the director has been passed over in many film history books, his story remains inspirational. Micheaux believed in his dream; he struggled to share his message of self-reliance and betterment. Other chapters in the book chronicle the African American community’s hard fought battle for recognition in Hollywood, from Sidney Poitier to Octavia Spencer and other black directors from the silent era to Spike Lee and Lee Daniels.

    Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man is available for $6.99 from Amazon.com and $3.99 as an e-book at the Apple e-bookstore. More information is available at Hollywood-Press.com and on Twitter @HollywoodBabel.


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    Announcing the Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere of a Timely and Important Film

    Winner Audience Award at AFI DOCS, PHILLY Q FEST, FRAMELINE SAN FRANCISCO
    and Best Documentary at the URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL
    PROMISED LAND FILM
    PRESENTS

    THE NEW BLACK


    - A FILM BY YORUBA RICHEN -


    THE NEW BLACK addresses the issue of how the African American community is dealing with the gay community in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. It has been a discussion that has been coming for a long time in both of these communities. 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.

    THE NEW BLACK



    View Trailer: http://www.newblackfilm.com/trailer/
    For More Info: www.newblackfilm.com


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    AMERICAN PROMISE


    AMERICAN PROMISE won the special jury prize at this past 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Documentary competition and the Grand Jury Prize at the Full Frame Film Festival

    AMERICAN PROMISE spans 12 years in the lives of two African American boys (Idris and Seun) and their families from kindergarten to high school graduation. The film provides a rare look into Black middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children’s educational journey, as the boys attend the prestigious private Dalton School in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

    Turning the camera on to their son and son's best friend for over a decade, directors/parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson provide an intimate and personal look at race/identity, education, parenting and the ever growing Black male achievement gap in America. And provide us all with food for thought.

    The film took 14 years to make and the filmmakers opened their lives and their son's lives on their journey. This topic of Black male youth achievement and the risks of endangerment of a generation of young men are current topics in the media with a recent 4 part series in the San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfchronicle.com/local/bayarea/item/Even-Odds-Part-1-22785.php_) and on CNN - with an upcoming television special and discussion from news anchor Soledad O'Brien.

    The theatrical release of AMERICAN PROMISE is right on time to get this dialogue started across the nation. Don't miss this film.

    American Promise12



    View Trailer: http://www.americanpromise.org

    THE RADA FILM GROUP PRESENTS

    AMERICAN PROMISE

    A Film by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

    OPPORTUNITY IS JUST THE FIRST STEP

    OPENING IN THEATERS

    October 25, 2013
    Los Angeles - Laemmle Music Hall Beverly Hills
    Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7
    Other Select Cities Nationwide Throughout the Year

    AMERICAN PROMISE
    Documentary Feature
    trt: 135 minutes
    Directed by: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson
    Distributor: Rada Film Group
    LA Theatrical Date: October 25th (Laemmle Music Hall, Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7)

    SYNOPSIS:
    2013 Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary spanning 12 years in the lives of two families, American Promise provides a rare look into black middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children’s educational journey. The film begins in 1999, when filmmakers Joe and Michèle turned their cameras on their son and his best friend, as the boys entered kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School. Over the years, the boys struggle with stereotypes and identity, and ultimately take divergent paths on the road to graduation. Meanwhile, the parents wrestle with doubts and angst over their sons’ future, as they juggle their high expectations with the cultural and social obstacles their sons face. Through the intimate experiences of these two families, the documentary reveals complicated truths about parenting, while challenging commonly held assumptions about educational access in the 21st century. Ultimately, it asks each of us: What is the American Promise?



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    "An Education in Equality."


    The The New York Times, just posted "An Education in Equality." This short film is a companion piece to American Promise, the Sundance Grand Jury prize winning documentary following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. The film provides a rare look into Black middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children’s educational journeys.

    In addition to the film, American Promise is a national engagement campaign working in partnership with trusted organizations around the country, to mobilize young people, families and educators to identify ways that Americans can better support black boys’ social and emotional needs and encourage people to consider the role they play in advancing success for all children.

    NYT Op Doc
    www.americanpromise.org.


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    MORGAN CREEK PRODUCTIONS PARTNERS WITH EMMETT/ FURLA FILMS TO BRING “TUPAC” TO THE BIG SCREEN

    Los Angeles, CA (September 19, 2013) – Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett Furla Films are in final negotiations to partner on the TUPAC biopic, it was announced today by Morgan Creek and EFF.

    TUPAC will be produced by James G. Robinson, David Robinson & LT Hutton along with Randall Emmett and George Furla. The film will be executive produced by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. Production is scheduled to begin next year in Atlanta.

    TUPAC centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist. Rapper, poet, actor and political activist, TUPAC shot to fame with 2Pacalypse Now, lauded for its seminal underground vibe and still an inspiration for major artists today. Tupac’s politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.

    About EFF
    Most recently, EFF premiered the action thriller 2 Guns distributed by Universal Pictures. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg & Denzel Washington, premiered at #1 at the box office. Next up for EFF is the film Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger, which will be distributed by Summit Pictures and premieres on October 18. Additionally, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg directed by Peter Berg, opens December 2013.

    About Morgan Creek
    For over twenty years, Morgan Creek Productions has produced numerous highly successful and critically acclaimed motion pictures including the Young Guns, Major League and Ace Ventura franchises; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner; and the cult sensation True Romance. Morgan Creek recently released Dream House, starring Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts.


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    "Ticket to Total Freedom"

    - The underground film “Ticket to Total Freedom” was created by now architect/designer William Edward Summers during the late 1960s. It is a documentary about what it was like to be young in a small Midwestern American college town during that era just after Woodstock, before computers and cell phones. -


    The film has only been shown once publicly in 1971 but is being made public again at
    http://www.designenvelope.com/film.htm

    Also on youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHsk_Vd_6aM

    The film was shot primarily at the University of Kansas campus, downtown, and in Old West Lawrence. The work is in four parts. Part one, called “Faces and Trees” was inspired by Monet’s “Water Lilies” and uses focus and color to create a dreamy mood.

    Parts two and three are the “Vignettes” segment during which the participants act out various scenes such as the parting of the Red Sea performed in a pasture, the match fight, and the fake mugging. This part shows the activities of a pre-computer and cell phone youth most clearly. Part four is the “Celebration of Life” segment showing Summers, his girlfriend, and the bass player from one of his bands cavorting in the empty KU football field. “Celebration of Life” expresses the joy of being young during this peaceful prosperous time in America.

    For more information about the film maker today:

    official site
    http://www.designenvelope.com

    mobile
    http://www.designenvelope.wordpress.com

    Television interview:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-jg_w-9RaI

    architectural projects:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWpSZnWZyBU

    Partial list of articles:
    http://designenvelope.com/articles.htm

    More information:
    http://williamedwardsummersbiography.blogspot.ca/2011/11/links.html


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    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Presents
    The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Premiering October 22 at 8 pm on PBS


    - New six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history—from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House -


    New York, NY, August 7, 2013 – This fall, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29 – November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

    Professor Gates travels throughout the United States, taking viewers on an engaging journey through history. He visits key historical sites, partakes in lively debates with some of America’s top historians and interviews living eyewitnesses — including school integration pioneers Ruby Bridges and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, former Black Panther Kathleen Neal Cleaver, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and many more.





    “The story of the African-American people is the story of the settlement and growth of America itself, a universal tale that all people should experience,” says Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. “Since my senior year in high school, when I watched Bill Cosby narrate a documentary about black history, I’ve longed to share those stories in great detail to the broadest audience possible, young and old, black and white, scholars and the general public. I believe that my colleagues and I have achieved this goal through The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”

    The series will take viewers across five hundred years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series will reveal to viewers that the African-American community, which abolitionist Martin R. Delany famously described as “a nation within a nation,” has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country.

    Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America was not linear, but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress.

    Below are brief overviews of each episode in this six-part series.

    Episode One: The Black Atlantic (1500 - 1800)
    Tuesday, October 22, 8-9 p.m.


    · The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African-American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. But the transatlantic slave trade would soon become a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a 10-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South. The late 18th century saw a global explosion of freedom movements, and The Black Atlantic examines what that Era of Revolutions — American, French and Haitian — would mean for African Americans and for slavery in America.

    Episode Two: The Age of Slavery (1800 - 1860)
    Tuesday, October 29, 8-9 p.m.


    · The Age of Slavery illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For free black people in places like Philadelphia, these years were a time of tremendous opportunity. But for most African Americans, this era represented a new nadir. King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories, and a Second Middle Passage forcibly relocated African Americans from the Upper South into the Deep South. Yet as slavery intensified, so did resistance. From individual acts to mass rebellions, African Americans demonstrated their determination to undermine and ultimately eradicate slavery in every state in the nation. Courageous individuals, such as Harriet Tubman, Richard Allen and Frederick Douglass, played a crucial role in forcing the issue of slavery to the forefront of national politics, helping to create the momentum that would eventually bring the country to war.

    Episode Three: Into the Fire (1861 - 1896)
    Tuesday, November 5, 8-9 p.m.


    · Into the Fire examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African-American history: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction’s thrilling but tragically brief “moment in the sun.” From the beginning, African Americans were agents of their own liberation — forcing the Union to confront the issue of slavery by fleeing the plantations, and taking up arms to serve with honor in the United States Colored Troops. After Emancipation, African Americans sought to realize the promise of freedom — rebuilding families shattered by slavery; demanding economic, political and civil rights; even winning elected office. Just a few years later, however, an intransigent South mounted a swift and vicious campaign of terror to restore white supremacy and roll back African-American rights. Yet the achievements of Reconstruction would remain very much alive in the collective memory of the African-American community.

    Episode Four: Making a Way Out of No Way (1897 - 1940)
    Tuesday, November 12, 8-9 p.m.


    · Making a Way Out of No Way portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Yet successful black institutions and individuals were always at risk. At the same time, the ascendance of black arts and culture showed that a community with a strong identity and sense of pride was taking hold in spite of Jim Crow. “The Harlem Renaissance” would not only redefine how America saw African Americans, but how African Americans saw themselves.

    Episode Five: Rise! (1940 - 1968)
    Tuesday, November 19, 8-9 p.m.


    · Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. Beginning in World War II, African Americans who helped fight fascism abroad came home to face the same old racial violence. But this time, mass media — from print to radio and TV — broadcast that injustice to the world, planting seeds of resistance. And the success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African-American hopes and dreams. In December 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, heralding the dawn of a new movement of quiet resistance, with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as its public face. Before long, masses of African Americans practiced this nonviolent approach at great personal risk to integrate public schools, lunch counters and more. As the civil rights movement scored one historic victory after another, non-violence was still all too often met with violence — until finally, enough was enough. By 1968, Dr. King, the apostle of non-violence, would be assassinated, unleashing a new call for “Black Power” across the country.

    Episode Six: It’s Nation Time (1968 – 2013)
    Tuesday, November 26, 8-9 p.m.


    · After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement’s victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community in two. As hundreds of African Americans won political office across the country and the black middle class made unprecedented progress, larger economic and political forces isolated the black urban poor in the inner cities, vulnerable to new social ills and an epidemic of incarceration. Yet African Americans of all backgrounds came together to support Illinois’ Senator Barack Obama in his historic campaign for the presidency of the United States. When he won in 2008, many hoped that America had finally transcended race and racism. By the time of his second victory, it was clear that many issues, including true racial equality, remain to be resolved. Now we ask: How will African Americans help redefine the United States in the years to come?

    The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the centerpiece of a multiplatform project including educational outreach events, a robust website, social media, and a companion book. Accompanying the broadcast is an ambitious national outreach initiative to extend the impact, utilization, and “life after broadcast” of the series, which will include development of digital educational resources, an educational poster and an educator’s premium. The initiative will also include partnerships with PBS stations across the country, which will produce local broadcasts and host live professional development workshops.

    The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross’ website (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/) will include video from the series, including all six full episodes for a limited run, as well as scenes not included in the films. In addition to video, the website will elaborate on and explore the rich history covered in the series with text, timelines, images and other multimedia; include a collection of graphics featuring quotations from well-known African-Americans for individuals to share on a number of social media platforms; feature a blog by Gates that highlights 100 interesting and unexpected facts from African-American history; and invite viewers to submit and browse stories about and reactions to significant moments in history. The website will offer visitors the chance to personalize their experience and share series content on social platforms.

    The anchor of the series’ presence on social media platforms will be Gates himself — sharing content and behind-the-scenes photos from his own accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans on social media will be offered early access to particular content and opportunities to connect with Gates and scholars from the program via live online social viewing events.

    A companion book of the same name, written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Donald Yacovone, which further explores the events portrayed in the series, will be published by SmileyBooks on October 1.

    The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, the 13th and latest documentary from Gates, is a joint production of Kunhardt McGee Productions, THIRTEEN Productions LLC, and Inkwell Films in association with Ark Media. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Peter Kunhardt, Dyllan McGee and Julie Anderson are executive producers. Stephen Segaller is executive in charge for WNET. Rachel Dretzin is senior producer. Leslie Asako Gladsjo is senior story producer.

    Gates is the first filmmaker to employ genealogy and genetic science to provide an understanding of African-American history. He began the current trend of ancestry-related TV in America with the broadcast of African American Lives in 2006. His previous PBS series, produced in association with WNET, include Finding Your Roots (2012), Black in Latin America (2011), Faces of America (2010), Looking for Lincoln (2009), African American Lives 2 (2008), Oprah’s Roots: An African American Lives Special (2007), and African American Lives (2006).

    Major corporate support for The African Americas: Many Rivers to Cross is provided by Bank of America. Additional corporate funding is provided by The Coca-Cola Company. Leadership support is generously provided by the Abby and Howard Milstein Foundation, in partnership with HooverMilstein and Emigrant Bank. Major funding is also provided by the Ford Foundation, Dr. Georgette Bennett and Dr. Leonard Polonsky in Memory of Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, Richard Gilder, the Hutchins Family Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support is also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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    About WNET
    In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.

    About Kunhardt McGee Productions
    For 25 years Kunhardt McGee Productions led by Peter Kunhardt and Dyllan McGee has been making documentary films about the people and ideas that have shaped our history. Kunhardt McGee is currently in production on the 6-hour series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Most recently, the company produced MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a broadcast and online initiative with PBS and AOL that aims to be the largest collection of women's stories ever assembled. Other PBS films include: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012), Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2010), Looking for Lincoln (2009), Oprah's Roots (2007) and African American Lives 1 and 2 (2006 & 2008). For HBO, Kunhardt McGee Productions produced Emmy-award nominated, Gloria: In Her Own Words (2011) and Emmy award-winning Teddy: In His Own Words (2010). Other notable works include This Emotional Life, Looking for Lincoln, In Memoriam, PT Barnum, The American President, Bobby Kennedy: In His Own Words, and JFK: In His Own Words. More information can be found at: www.kunhardtmcgee.com

    About Inkwell Films
    Inkwell Films was founded by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to produce sophisticated documentary films about the African and African-American experience for a broad audience. Currently in production, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is a six-part series for PBS. Most recently Inkwell Films has co-produced Finding Your Roots (2012), Black in Latin America (2011), Faces of America (2010), Looking for Lincoln (2009), African American Lives 2 (2008), Oprah’s Roots (2007), and African American Lives (2006). Inkwell Films is currently developing Finding Your Roots 2, a 10-part series for PBS.

    About Ark Media
    Ark Media is an award-winning documentary film company founded in 1997 by the husband and wife producing team of Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin. Ark partnered with Kunhardt-McGee Productions on the Henry Louis Gates Jr. series, Finding Your Roots (2012) and Faces of America, (2010) and also with Kunhardt-McGee, produced Looking for Lincoln (2009) and the Makers project for PBS. Ark's numerous films for the esteemed PBS series' Frontline and American Experience have won nearly every major broadcast award: the Emmy, DuPont-Columbia, Robert F. Kennedy, Writers Guild and Peabody Awards, as well as earning an Academy Award nomination and official selection to the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to Many Rivers to Cross, the company is currently in production on the six-hour PBS series "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" and a four-hour series for PBS, The Italian-Americans. Ark has also produced documentaries for the New York Times, American Movie Classics, ABC, and the History Channel. For more information, visit www.ark-media.net.




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    YOU DON'T NEED FEET TO DANCE

    - A film by Alan Govenar -


    An astonishing documentary about a man who overcomes his disability one day at a time, Alan Govenar's new film reveals the extraordinary life of African immigrant Sidiki Conde.





    Sidiki lost the use of his legs to polio at age fourteen. Today, he balances his career as an performing artist with the almost insurmountable obstacles of day-to-day life in New York City. From his fifth-floor walk-up apartment, he traverses down the stairs on his hands and then navigates in his wheelchair through the sidewalks of Manhattan onto buses and into the subway.

    Despite his disability, he manages to teach workshops for disabled kids, busk on the street, rehearse with his band, bicycle with his hands, and attend a naming ceremony, where he plays djembe drums, sings, and dances on his hands...proving to all You Don't Need Feet to Dance.

    “His Arms Raise Up Him and His Audience!”- The New York Times

    “Spectacular! The story is sweet and inspiring.”- The Village Voice

    “A vibrant and deeply human portrait that will often have you dropping your jaw in awe.”- Film Journal

    “Conde has an endlessly charismatic personality, indomitable spirit and sheer infectious joyousness.” - The Hollywood Reporter

    “If Sidiki's story is exceptional, the amazing thing is that it's not entirely out of the realm of what humans are capable at their best."- The New Yorker

    Packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices Eco Pack

    UPC: 7-20229-91550-2 | Catalog #: FRF 915502D | SRP: $24.95 | Street Date: September 17

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    A GIRL AND A GUN, YOU DON'T NEED FEET TO DANCE and TRIUMPH OF THE WALL on DVD September 17

    - A film by Cathryne Czubek -


    Bringing a female perspective to the debate that's raging across the nation, A GIRL AND A GUN explores the intersection of 'girl power' and firepower. Filmed throughout the U.S., the film delves deep into the American gun world to show the relationship between women and their guns.





    The classic Hollywood portrayals of pistol packin' mamas, tomboy sharp shooters, sexually twisted femme fatales, and high-heeled, cold-blooded assassins are caricatures. In truth, the typical woman who hangs out at rifle ranges and keeps ammo in her purse is the girl-next-door, the single mom, a hard working sister or aunt. Maybe she's a realist or has learned tough lessons from life; either way, she cares about her personal safety and may find salvation, comfort or even something satisfying in possessing a gun. In a word, she is empowered.

    Breaking through the stereotypes, A GIRL AND A GUN reveals how some women have embraced this object whose history is deeply bound to men and masculinity. Punctuated with archival footage and expert commentary to provide a rich historical and cultural context, the film presents a nuanced yet empowering perspective on a deadly serious issue.

    “A fast-paced, nuanced exploration of why women lock and load.” - Bust Magazine

    “This stereotype-dismantling doc about women and gun culture recognizes there's more to that uneasy relationship than Annie Oakley and lady terminators.” - The Village Voice

    “A thoroughly entertaining, well-made film... should lead to a healthy – and necessary – public debate on the subject of girls and guns.” - About.com

    “Thought-provoking...shines light on a worthy subject.” - Film Journal

    Packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices Eco Pack

    UPC: 7-20229-91568-7 | Catalog #: FRF 915687D | SRP: $24.95 | Street Date: September 17



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    MUSCLE SHOALS

    - MUSCLE SHOALS will be in theaters and on iTunes September 27, 2013. -


    Directed by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier

    Featuring Aretha Franklin, Bono, Greg Allman, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and more!

    Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River," as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

    For more info:

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    Hollywood returns to Atlanta as SIMERY, Inc. Presents the 8th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival


    (Atlanta, Georgia) May 28, 2013— Thousands of film, TV, music and multi-media enthusiasts from around the world will converge in Atlanta for a weekend of fun and inspiration at The Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF). The PVIFF is one of the country’s leading film festivals serving the international film enthusiast community as well as the African Diaspora. This year will kick off with a weekend packed full of education and entertainment for the burgeoning Georgia film industry.

    "SIMERY is proud to be the title and presenting sponsor for the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. As a consumer-focused Credit Reporting Agency, we identify with the festivals' mission to create a village atmosphere that provides opportunities not only for filmmakers, but for business owners and film enthusiast. As a company, we too strive, every day to create a platform for consumers and employment opportunities for individuals. We salute the Peachtree Village International Film Festival for continuing to help ignite opportunities and making dreams to come true for decades to come."





    Mark Bertrand and Quincy Luzunaris
    Executives, SIMERY Inc.


    This year's festivities will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, August 23-25. The festival kicks off the weekend on August 23 with a concert and party benefiting Vh1’s Save the Music Foundation. Other highlights of this year's festival include the 20th anniversary celebration of the films “Menace to Society” and “The Inkwell”, as well as a mix of education and entertainment with a film scoring competition, multiple workshops, panel discussions, movie viewings, parties and an awards ceremony.

    The PVIFF guest list including industry professionals and executives from Bravo, TV One, BET, ABC and more. Some of PVIFF's highlights includes a writing workshop featuring writer/producers, Bentley Kyle Evans and Stacey Morgan Evans ("Martin," "Moesha," "The Jamie Fox Show," "Love That Girl" etc.), a Legendary Award to be presented to acclaimed actor, Ernest Thomas ("What's Happening," "Everybody Hates Chris" etc.) and the presentation of PVIFF's Center Piece Film: "Home" featuring acclaimed actors Joe Morton ("The Inkwell," "The Good Wife" etc.), Gbenga Akinnagbe ("The Wire," "Nurse Jackie" etc.).

    It’s not too late to submit your film. For more information about this year's Peachtree Village International Film Festival, workshops, festival events and more visit www.pviff.com.

    About the PVIFF:
    Since 2006, the Peachtree Village International Film Festival has successfully served as a platform for up and coming filmmakers, producers, and entertainers, by directly connecting them to some of the world’s most influential filmmakers, producers, and distribution companies such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Amazon.com, iTunes.com, NetFlix, RedBox and more. Not only does this extraordinary film festival serve as a launching pad for fresh talent, it also promotes education for the arts by hosting innovative workshops and panel discussions. The annual festival attracts over 4,000 people including film makers, motion picture professionals, actors, students, and celebrities.

    PVIFF



    About Len Gibson:
    Gibson’s qualifications as a cinema expert also extend to both sides of the camera. In front, he’s guest starred on American Centre Street. Behind the scenes, Gibson optioned the screenplay “A Letter To Miami” to New Line Cinema. Gibson has also done various production and camera work with MTV, VH1, HBO, producers from Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and A Mule and more. Currently Gibson is in pre-production with the highly anticipated feature film “Step Sisters” starring acclaimed actress Keke Palmer and featuring director Bille Woodruff (“Honey,” “Beauty Shop). Gibson is also signed on to produce the film Destined starring Omar Epps, Mekhi Phiffer and Keri Hilson. Gibson continues to advance his career as CEO/Founder of PVIFF as the festival celebrates its' 8th year as one of the premiere events in the South East.

    Founders James "JB" Brown and Len Gibson

    About James "JB" Brown:
    James "JB" Brown has 20+ years as a veteran and trailblazer in the entertainment industry on a whole. He has worked for major entertainment powerhouses such as BET, Def Jam, 20th Century Fox, and BMG currently serves as President/Founder of PVIFF. In addition to being a producer of film, TV, music, multi-media and an author, James is also an avid supporter of the arts and programs that encourage and uplift children. James devotes much of his time and resources to organizations such as The Silas and Helen T. Brown Children's Foundation, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, NAACP, UNICEF, Men Who Care Global, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Children's Diabetes Foundation, A.F.A.M & many more.

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    BREAKING AWAY FROM ITS PAST, TEAM RWANDA CLIMBS TO THE PINNACLE OF CYCLING IN

    RISING FROM ASHES


    - New Documentary Executive Produced and Narrated by Forest Whitaker Captures a Long, Amazing Ride to the 2012 Olympics

    Opening in New York City and Los Angeles on August 2 -


    From director T.C. Johnstone and told by Forest Whitaker comes RISING FROM ASHES, which will have its worldwide theatrical premiere on August 2 in New York and Los Angeles.

    In RISING FROM ASHES, two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six year journey to compete in the Olympic Games in London. Setting out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

    Executive produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker, this stunningly shot film follows Jock (the first American to compete in the Tour de France) and his Rwandan riders as they slowly but steadily learn what it means to be a professional cyclist - how to train, how to compete, how to live the life of a top level athlete. As they get better and better, the riders of Team Rwanda give their countrymen a vision of something greater than themselves and their history: hope for a future.

    RISING FROM ASHES



    In Rwanda, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, the bicycle is essential to life. It is how you move. It is how you work. And during the Genocide, it is how you survived. Stand on any corner of any village throughout the country, and farmers will scream down hillsides barefoot on 25 year old bikes loaded with 100 pounds of potatoes, taxi drivers peddle diligently with a mother and daughter in tow, and a child amuses himself for hours guiding a bent wheel down alleyways. It seems natural that bike racing has a rich history in Rwanda. For decades the country has participated in the sport, hosting local races for bragging rights, riding barefoot, many times without brakes or gears. During 100 days in 1994, as Rwandans were systematically murdered, thousands escaped certain death on their bikes. When the dust settled and the perpetrators were subdued, the country mourned the death of nearly one million of their countrymen. Amidst the heartache and trauma, a committed group of young cyclists began importing racing bikes into the country with the hopes of resurrecting the sport. In 2005, legendary bike builder Tom Ritchey explored the country on his bike, and upon meeting a group of cyclists who called themselves Team Rwanda, left with the vision there was potential for a National Team, and a question. What if they could make it to the Olympics?

    Jock Boyer is one of America’s most fabled cyclists. He grew up battling Tom Ritchey in Northern California’s competitive cycling leagues, out of this rivalry a mutual admiration and friendship was born. At the age of 17, Jock left the U.S. to compete professionally against the World’s elite in France, and in 1981 he made history as the First American to ever ride in the Tour de France. Upon his return to the United States, after a prolific racing career, he would lose it all. In this period of darkness Tom reconnected with his long lost friend with an unlikely proposition, an offer to become the Coach of Rwanda’s first National Cycling Team.

    The star of Team Rwanda is Adrien Niyonshuti. Adrien lost 60 family members in the Genocide, including six brothers and his mother’s entire line of heritage. Maybe because he sought purpose behind his pain, maybe he just had a gift, but Adrien started cycling. In 2006, he rode a mountain bike for the first time -- catching Jock and winning a local race, which forged the beginning of a relationship between two broken men. In 2011, Adrien qualified for the Olympic Games, a bold achievement that would send shockwaves throughout Rwanda, a living example that the ghosts and demons of our past have no power over our future.

    RISING FROM ASHES was produced by two partnering non-profit’s, Gratis 7 Media Group and Project Rwanda. They in turn support Team Rwanda.

    Team Rwanda started out as a cycling organization however they quickly learned they had to care for the greater needs of each athlete. Many of the riders could not read or write, lived in homes without fresh drinking water, were malnourished, and had never received healthcare. But there was still a greater issue, the issues of the heart. These riders were all recovering from the traumatic psychological effects of the 1994 genocide. Team Rwanda had to look deeper.

    Team Rwanda has not solved all of these problems but it is making a difference.

    - Riders are provided a modest salary to help provide for themselves and their families.

    - Riders are given English lessons and taught how to read and write.

    - Health care is provided for the ongoing issues of malaria and water-borne diseases.

    - When funds are available, the riders are given regular health checks and dental care.

    While the team has taken care of the physical and mental issues it has provided something greater: Hope.

    Rwanda is a country recovering from one of the world’s most devastating genocides and they have longed for heroes. The riders of Team Rwanda have become more than just a cycling team; they have become ambassadors of hope and men to look up to. They have given the country a vision of something greater then themselves and a renewed sense of purpose.

    ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
    T.C. Johnstone (Director / Producer / Editor) began making films in Steamboat Springs over 10 years ago. After producing his first feature he moved to California and began working as a DP and documentary director on a wide variety of projects ranging from national television (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Discovery) to independent films. He currently focuses on independent documentary feature films.

    RISING FROM ASHES
    80 minutes, documentary, English, 2013
    DCP, 16:9, Color, Dolby Digital 5.1
    Directed and Produced by T.C. Johnstone
    Edited by T.C. Johnstone, Elisa Bonora
    Narrated by Forest Whitaker
    Executive Producers: Forest Whitaker, Jon Halbert , Linda Halbert , Peb Jackson, Dan Cooper
    Producer: Greg Kwedar
    Composer: Joshua Myers
    Cinematographers: David Eggerichs, Ryan Scheer Jeremy Rodgers, Jeffrey Waldron

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    Keith Stanfield in SHORT TERM 12

    - A Film By Destin Daniel Cretton -


    RICHMOND, Va. – (May 17, 2013) – Saturday, May 18 is the world premiere of the independent film - "Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions" - by Richmond screenwriter and director Praheme da Prophet.

    SHORT TERM 12



    SHORT TERM 12, which premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards. The film’s an emotionally compelling and surprisingly warm/funny depiction of the complicated interrelationships at a facility for at-risk teenagers. One of the aforementioned teens is Marcus, played by newcomer Keith Stanfield in a breakout performance. Marcus is quiet and guarded, but is able to articulate his hurt and emotion in a memorable sequence midway through the film via a hip-hop song (which Stanfield wrote himself, along with a song that accompanies the closing credits). It’s a pivotal role, and the first of major things to come for Keith.

    Synopsis
    Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson, 21 Jump Street and Showtime’s “The United States of Tara”), a twenty-something supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr., HBO’s “The Newsroom” and Tony Award-winner for Spring Awakening). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. The second feature from Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster), Short Term 12 also stars Kaitlyn Dever (Bad Teacher), Rami Malek (The Master), and Keith Stanfield.

    TRT: 96 minutes

    SHORT TERM 12 will be released on August 23rd by Cinedigm

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