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    “The Black Panthers:Vanguard of the Revolution”

    Please join us for a free public screening of a new documentary film


    Monday, February 1
    10:30 a.m.
    Mt. Pleasant Regional Public Library
    1133 Mathis Ferry Road
    Mt. Pleasant

    Coffee and conversation following the film

     The Black Panthers:Vanguard of the Revolution


    “Stanley Nelson’s excellent new documentary. . . like any good work of history, sticks close to the facts, plotting complex events into a packed, fast-moving timeline and leaving to the viewers the work of drawing lessons and analogies for our own time.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.

    The Black Panthers premieres on the PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 pm ET (check local listings).

    About Indie Lens Pop-Up
    Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can't attend in-person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

    About Independent Lens Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens.

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    Google Initiative on Gender and Race Leads New Highlights at Miami Dade College's 33rd Miami International Film Festival

    Festival Also Unveils Dynamic Slate of Women Filmmakers Already Confirmed for Annual Festival, March 4 - 13, 2016


     33rd Miami International Film Festival



    Miami, FL - A unique partnership with Google on a new seminar series addressing gender and racial gaps in the film industry, particularly in technical cinematographic roles, is among new highlights unveiled today by Miami Dade College's Miami International Film Festival, as Festival organizers count down to the 33rd edition of the acclaimed annual event March 4 - 13, 2016. The Festival is the only major film festival produced and presented worldwide by a college or university.

    "Google has changed the world of technology and information in swift and radical ways," noted the Festival’s executive director & director of programming Jaie Laplante. "Who better to lead a new charge at changing long-standing gender and racial inequalities in opportunities in the world of film and technology? We are incredibly honored that Google has chosen Miami International Film Festival as a forum to discuss solutions and inspire new filmmakers wanting to scale the heights of their chosen profession."

    The Google Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps In Film & Tech will take place in The Idea Center at Miami Dade College and other locations over four days, March 5 - 8, within the overall Festival program. Among the highlights of the series will be veteran cinematographer Kirsten Johnson's screening and discussion of her feature memoir, Cameraperson, set to world premiere at Sundance Film Festival later this month. Johnson's film covers her extensive career working on such films as Citizenfour and The Invisible War.

    “Our research shows that when it comes to encouraging women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in computer science and other technical fields, positive role models matter, which makes the work of the film industry so powerful,” said Julie Ann Crommett, Google CS Education in Media Program Manager. “We’re thrilled to support the Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps In Film & Tech at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College to shed light on this important issue and inspire more creators to showcase positive portrayals of women and underrepresented minorities in tech.”

    The Festival also unveiled 21 additional new feature films for the 2016 program, highlighting some of the year's most superb accomplishments. All films in today's announcement have the special distinction of having been directed by women. The films include:

    JOHN S. & JAMES L. KNIGHT COMPETITION

    - Francesca Archibugi's An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio), starring Alessandro Gassman and Valeria Golino. Archibugi returns to Miami after having closed the Festival in 1989 with her film Mignon Has Left.

    - Liz Garbus' Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (also eligible for Knight Documentary Achievement Award). The celebrated CNN journalist interviews his famous mother, now 91, about her eventful life, romances and tragedies.

    - Dawn Porter's Trapped (also eligible for Knight Documentary Achievement Award), a look at legislative moves at the state level attempting to turn back hard-fought women's rights from only 40 years ago.

    KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    - WORLD PREMIERE of Shaina Koren's The Rebound, a Miami-made film about the Miami Heat Wheels basketball team.

    - American filmmakers and Oscar nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, a candid look at the legendary barrier-breaking TV producer of the 1970s.

    Tocando La Luz (Touch the Light)Jennifer Redfearn’s (USA), which follows three interwoven stories of blind residents in Havana, Cuba.

    - Weiner, by American filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, a look at the entertainment spectacle of American politics through the media frenzy surrounding Anthony Weiner's 2013 comeback campaign.

    - Marcia Tambutti Allende's Beyond My Grandfather Allende (Allende, mi abuelo Allende), a Chilean/Mexican coproduction that won the first-ever Documentary Award presented at 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

    LEXUS IBERO-AMERICAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

    - WORLD PREMIERE of Brazilian screenwriter Vera Egito's Restless Love (Amores Urbanos), her feature film directorial debut, set in São Paulo.

    - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE of Cuban filmmaker Jessica Rodriguez's Dark Glasses (Espejuelos oscuros), partially presented as a work-in-progress at the 2015 Festival in the Emerging Cuban Independent Film/Video Artist program presented by The Related Group.

    - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE of Colombian filmmaker Angela Maria Osorio Rojas (co-directed with her partner Santiago Lozano Alvarez)'s Siembra (also competing for the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award), a tale of an uprooted coastal fisherman learning to build a new life in the urban center of Cali.

    - Daniela Goggi's Abzurdah, a drama about a young high school student driven to anorexia over her affair with an older man, a box office smash hit in its native Argentina.

    - Ana Katz’s Mi amiga del parque, also from Argentina, a psychological drama workshopped in the Festival’s Encuentros program in 2015, and making its international debut at Sundance Film Festival 2016.

    JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD

    - Israel filmmaker Yaelle Kayam's debut film Mountain, about the wife of an Orthodox scholar living next to Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, who discovers her own mountain of unexpressed sexual desire deep within.

    CINEMA 360

    - US PREMIERE of German filmmaker Theresa von Eltz's 4 Kings (4 Könige), a touching drama of four emotionally troubled youths learning to trust each other at a recovery facility.

    - French filmmaker Catherine Corsini's Summertime (La belle saison), starring Cécile de France as a Parisian at the forefront of the women's liberation movement in the early 1970s.

    - French filmmaker Maïwann’s My King (Mon roi), which won a Best Actress award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for Emmanuelle Bercot.

    - Indian filmmaker Leena Yadav's Parched, a luminous drama about three women from rural India liberating themselves from demeaning patriarchal traditions.

    VISIONS

    - WORLD PREMIERE of Miami filmmaker Monica Peña's experimental sophomore feature film, Hearts of Palm (also competing in Knight Competition), featuring music by lead actor Brad Lovett.

    LEE BRIAN SCHRAGER'S CULINARY CINEMA

    - Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase's Sweet Bean (An), a beautiful story of an elderly dorayaki maker passing on the wisdom of her culinary craft.

    - Megan Riakos' Crushed, a murder-mystery thriller set on a vineyard in rural Australia.

    These titles join the previously announced women directors from Spain in the 2016 Official Selection: Paula Ortiz’s The Bride (La novia); Gracia Querejeta’s Happy 140 (Felices 140); Juana Macías’ We Are Pregnant (Embarazados); and Veronica Escuer & Cristina Jolonch's Snacks, Bites of a Revolution (Snacks: Bocados de una revolución).

    More announcements will follow as the Festival prepares to unveil its complete program. In addition to the sponsors acknowledged above, the Festival also thanks Telefilm Canada, Frederick Wildman & Sons, German Films, the Consulate General of Canada in Miami and the Consulate General of Germany in Miami for program-specific support.

    The Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award recognizes and supports first-time produced screenwriters. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University film studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony award-winning Broadway hits 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal and Jersey Boys.

    The 33rd annual Miami International Film Festival will take place March 4-13, 2016. Advance ticket packages, plus tickets for the Opening Night Film and Party, are already on sale at www.miamifilmfestival.com or by calling 1-844-565-6433 (MIFF). For membership opportunities or more information, please email membership@miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

    About Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival
    Celebrating its 33rd anniversary March 4 – 13, 2016, Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. The Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Additionally, every October, the Festival hosts a four-day fall event titled GEMS, showcasing the season’s finest new cinematic works. Major sponsors of the 2016 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus, The Related Group and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

    About Culture at Miami Dade College
    The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu/arts

    About Google
    Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and our approach to computer science in media is an extension of that mission. We are committed to increasing CS opportunities for all -- regardless of gender, ethnicity, geography, or socio-economic level -- and aim to inspire young people everywhere not just to use technology, but to create it. For more information, visit g.co/csedu

    About John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.KnightFoundation.org.

    About Lexus
    Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers seven F SPORT models and two F performance models. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 236 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.

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    ROOFTOP FILMS ANNOUNCES THE 2015 ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS AHEAD OF ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY


     2015 ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND
    Actress Royalty Hightower in Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits


    NEW YORK, NY (December 10, 2015) - Rooftop Films has awarded thirteen cash and service grants to alumni filmmakers, including The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Garbo NYC Feature Film Grants, which were awarded to directors Kitty Green and Sebastian Silva. Green will receive a monetary grant of $15,000 to help finish her new film, Casting JonBenet, and Silva will receive a $10,000 grant to support his film, Demon Me.

    “Kitty Green’s film Casting JonBenet represents the type of daring and meaningful cinema that Rooftop Films wants to support,” said Rooftop’s Founder and Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg. Green’s film is a sly and stylized documentary about the infamous murder of child model JonBenet Ramsey, using casting tapes and recreations by people from the community to create an emotional investigation of the case and its ramifications. “Like all our filmmakers, Green is working outside the mainstream, approaching a complex situation with narrative nuance and filmic innovation. We’re confident that all the films we’re supporting, from serious documentaries to outlandish fairy tales, are going to have a substantial impact.”

    Kitty Green’s previous films include Ukraine is Not a Brothel, which won the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, and “The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul,” which won the Jury Award for best non-fiction short documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sebastian Silva’s work includes The Maid, Nasty Baby, and Crystal Fairy, all of which have won numerous awards around the world.

    “Garbo NYC is proud to support narratives that communicate what needs to be said and which disregard the extent of our collective constraints,” said Anett Gabriel, CEO of Garbo NYC.” “Furthermore, you couldn’t put these projects in better hands.”

    “We’re very excited about all our grantees this year,” said Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films. “Each year we receive more promising applications from our acclaimed alumni filmmakers, and from an increasingly diverse pool of talent. Rooftop has always been dedicated to creating a venue for a wide range of creative voices and with the support of our audience and our partners we are increasingly capable of helping those films get made in the first place.”

    The Rooftop Films and GarboNYC Feature Film Grants are the largest cash grant awarded as part of the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund this year. Thirteen different grants were awarded to Rooftop Films alumni in 2015, including the inaugural Brigade Festival Publicity Grant, as well as grants supported by our returning partners at Eastern Effects, Edgeworx Studios, Technological Cinevideo Services (TCS), Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), and The Adrienne Shelley Foundation. To see a full list of the 2015 grantees with award details and film synopses, visit rooftopfilms.com/2015/info/produce.

    COMPLETE LIST OF 2015 ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND GRANTS

    Rooftop Films / GarboNYC $15,000 Feature Film Grant:
    Kitty Green, Casting JonBenet

    Rooftop Films / GarboNYC $10,000 Feature Film Grant:
    Sebastian Silva, Demon Me

    Rooftop Films / Brigade Festival Publicity Grant:
    Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits

    Rooftop Films / Technological Cinevideo Services Camera Grant:
    Khalik Allah, Jamaica

    Rooftop Films / Eastern Effects Equipment Grant:
    Lauren Wolkstein & Chris Radcliff, The Strange Ones

    Rooftop Films / Edgeworx Post-Production Grant:
    Anja Marquardt, Wolf

    Rooftop Films / DCTV Color Correction Feature Film Grant:
    Sarah J. Christman, Swarm Season

    Rooftop Films / DCTV Equipment and Services Short Film Grant:
    Ryan Mauskopf, Sloof's Supershop

    Rooftop Films / DCTV Equipment and Services Short Film Grant:
    Nathan Kensinger, Managed Retreat

    Rooftop Films / Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant For Women:
    Jennifer Reeder, All Small Bodies

    In addition to the above grants, Rooftop Films helped negotiate post-production services at Metropolis Films for alumni filmmaker Robert Greene.

    Robert Greene, Kate Plays Christine

    Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund Short Film Grant:

    Christopher K. Walker & Michael Beach Nichols, Beast of Man
    Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Market Place
    Nathan Kensinger, Managed Retreat

    This year’s grantees join the ranks of past Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grantees, an illustrious group that includes Ana Lily Amirpour's soon to be completed The Bad Batch, Gillian Robespierre with her indie hit Obvious Child, Jonas Carpignano’s recent Gotham award-winner Mediterranea, Lucy Walker with her Academy Award-nominated short documentary “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” Jeremy Saulnier’s FIPRESCI Critics’ award-winner, Blue Ruin, Keith Miller’s critically acclaimed and Tribeca Film Festival award-winning Five Star, and Benh Zeitlin’s Academy Award-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    ABOUT THE ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND GRANTS
    Year after year, Rooftop Films extends support to independent filmmakers beyond film exhibition through the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grants. The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund uses community and partner support to provide grants to filmmakers whose work has screened at Rooftop Films previously. A portion of all ticket sales and film submission fees is set aside and given back to selected filmmakers to help with their future productions, forging a bond between audiences and artists in a unique cycle of exhibition and production. For additional information on other grantees, visit rooftopfilms.com/2015/info/produce.

    The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund is also sponsored in part by contributions from its fans and community. In order to help Rooftop continue to provide grants for independent filmmakers, please consider making a pledge on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1O180ql

    ABOUT ROOFTOP FILMS
    Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to our Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films. At Rooftop Films, we bring the underground outdoors. For more information and updates please visit our website at www.rooftopfilms.com.

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    Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

    A Film By N.C. Heikin Opening NY @ The IFC Center on December 2nd Opening LA @ Laemmle on December 18th






    Packed with thrilling music, SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY, is a feature documentary about a gifted alto sax player and Charlie Parker's protégé, Frank Morgan. Morgan fell hard into heroin and got to be almost as good a conman and thief as he was a musician in order to feed his habit.

    The habit cost him 30 years of his life in and out of prison, most of it at San Quentin, where he performed in a big band with fellow junkie jazz musicians that grew famous in the Bay Area. To bring the past into present, director NC Heikin and writer Michael Connelly (THE LINCOLN LAWYER) brought an all-star band together into the "Q" for a concert. This hyper-emotional event forms the backbone of this riveting film.

    Filmmaker NC Heikin began her career at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York and went on to work on and off Broadway as an actress, singer and director. She has written screenplays for Disney and Paramount as well as French TV networks. In 2004, she made her directing debut with her prize-winning short, mañana. Her first documentary, Kimjongilia, about North Korean refugees, premiered at Sundance, won the One World Brussels Best Film 2010, and has been seen all over the world. Heikin’s stage play, LATE, is in casting for a premiere in Paris next season.

    Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of twenty-eight novels and one work of nonfiction. With over sixty million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into thirty-nine foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. A former newspaper reporter who worked the crime beat at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and his fiction. His very first novel, The Black Echo , won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work.

    In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, The Black Box, and The Drop. Michael is the executive producer of BOSCH, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He is also the executive producer of SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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    (BPRW) Prudential partners with the American Black Film Festival and Acclaimed Actress Tasha Smith to bring acting workshop to Newark residents


    (Black PR Wire) -- NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This month, Prudential Financial, Inc partnered with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), The Newark Office of Film and Television (NOFT), and acclaimed actress and director Tasha Smith to assist local aspiring actors in honing their craft by bringing the Tasha Smith Actor’s Workshop (TSAW) to Newark’s Ironbound Film and Television Studios (Ironbound Studios) on Saturday, October 17. In addition to providing aspiring actors the opportunity to learn valuable skills of the trade and enhance their artistic talent, the move aligns with Prudential’s support of NOFT’s goal to establish Newark, NJ as a leading destination for film, TV, digital media and entertainment productions.

    Prudential has underwritten the cost for 200 registrants who each submitted their headshots and bios through an early social media campaign in order to participate in the full day session. The TSAW workshop, which follows Prudential’s sponsorship of the ABFF this summer, is a multi-level seminar that teaches students proven methodology, character development and improvisation exercises. Top performers from the workshop will be invited to a private reception to network with some of the television and film industry’s top decision makers.

    “Both ABFF and Tasha Smith have their roots in New Jersey,” said Lata Reddy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and President, The Prudential Foundation. “This partnership allows us to collaborate with premier industry players and elevate the role of the arts in our city. Ironbound Studios is more than just a facility; it houses new creative jobs and creates opportunities for neighboring small businesses.”

    Ironbound Studios is one of a few Stay-and-Shoot™ studios in the United States that offers affordable, fully serviced, managed and furnished residential accommodations to go along with production sound stages.

    The workshop intends to help establish Newark as a prime location for actors and productions. “Newark has a rich history in the arts. Developing the City’s talent ensures this legacy continues to grow.” said Jeff Friday, ABFF chief executive officer who was born and raised in Newark. “At ABFF, our goals in the industry are rooted in social responsibility, supporting aspiring actors, filmmakers and industry executives through the festival’s multifaceted program” said Mr. Friday. “Our partnership with Prudential and The Tasha Smith Actor’s Workshop exemplifies the type of creative impact that can revolutionize both Newark’s workforce and position it as a hub for film production.”

    An NAACP Image Award nominee, Smith is a Camden, NJ native, and is well-known for her roles in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” film series and the hit television show “Empire.” For more information about the TSAW program, visit www.tsaw.com.

    Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2015, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

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    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE
    Written, Directed, Produced & Hosted by Tukufu Zuberi


    EPIC STORY OF MODERN AFRICA AND ITS IMPACT ON THE WORLD EMERGE IN AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY & COMPANION BOOK ABOUT COMPLEX CONTINENT AND ITS DRAMATIC FIGHT FOR FREEDOM


    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE



    PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 18, 2015) — With nearly a billion people in over 50 very different nations, Africa is one of the largest continents. It is also one of the least known. Uniquely complex, Africa is the cradle of mankind and home to some of the world’s greatest civilizations. An award-winning feature-length documentary, AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE, invites audiences on an epic journey of the continent and the chain of events that has led to modern Africa. Produced by TZ Production Company, the film is written, directed, produced and hosted by Tukufu Zuberi, renowned academic and television personality (PBS' History Detectives), and will be distributed worldwide beginning September 2015--available digitally via VHX and on Amazon through CreateSpace. The film also coincides with the release of his new companion book on the subject, African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World (Rowman & Littlefield).

    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE provides much-needed context for understanding connections between events in Africa and the west. Large in scope, this film includes new insights from interviews with African presidents, prime ministers, freedom fighters, and everyday Africans, such as a survivor of the Nairobi terrorist bombings and other ordinary citizens with firsthand accounts of the struggles for freedom. Both the film and book, are part of a series of new projects currently being developed by Professor Zuberi, a distinguished and provocative critical intellectual who is engaging in a new model of academic production that includes teaching, filmmaking, museum curating, and social media.

    “This project echoes my dedication to bring a fresh, critical view of culture and society and allows me to share stories that might not be as well known to the public,” says Zuberi. “The seven-year journey that culminated in AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE is vitally important for me as an individual and as a documentary filmmaker keen on conveying visions and perspectives not typically seen or heard.”

    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE is a dynamic story of Africa’s relationship with the world and how the continent’s role in human history shapes world events today—as told from the perspective of those who lived it and those who led the fight for change. Although Africa is often portrayed as a remote and impoverished area, remembered for the suffering of its people, it has played an important role in world history that is critical for understanding global events today. Tukufu Zuberi walks audiences and readers through the years of African independence through the present, including colonialism, the impact of the world wars, independence movements, the Cold War, ethnic conflict, terrorism, and the health crisis. Providing context for those events, AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE argues that it is impossible to understand our current world situation, or our future, without considering Africa.

    This richly-detailed story features one-on-one interviews with former colonial subjects, World War II veterans, freedom fighters and founding members of the African liberation movement, including:

    Benin
    • President Nicéphore Soglo of Benin (1991-1996)


    Cape Verde
    • President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde (2001-2011)


    Ghana
    • K.B. Asante, a Ghanaian retired diplomat, writer, and statesman

    • President John Kufuor of Ghana (2001-2009)

    • Samia Nkrumah, a former member of the Ghanaian parliament and daughter of Freedom Fighter and first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah

    • Bernice Ann Deh-Kumah, Acting Executive Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture

    Kenya
    • Eloise Mukami Kimathi, Freedom Fighter, and widow to Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi

    • Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya (2008-2013)


    South Africa
    • Former Foreign Minister Roelof Frederik “Pik” Botha (1977-1994)

    • President F.W. de Klerk, the last president of the South African apartheid regime (1989-1994)

    • Prince Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, current leader of South Africa’s Inkatha Party


    Tanzania
    • President Ali Hassan Mwinyi (1985-1995)

    • President Benjamin Mkapa (1995-2005)


    Zambia
    • President Kenneth Kaunda (1964-1991)

    • President Rupiah Banda (2008-2011)


    Combining newsreels, archival sources, and visits to African memorials and monuments, Dr. Zuberi helps viewers understand the human experience in Africa and how Africans were able to change their lives in the recent past. Through the lens of four watershed events—World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics, this film offers a unique presentation designed to enlighten and provide audiences with insights from Africans into the emotional journey that is the continent’s past, present, and future. Dr. Zuberi discusses the experience of living under colonial rule, and the modern implications of the master-servant relationship. When Africans were enlisted to fight in World War II by the colonialists, they experienced a taste of the freedom they were denied at home. Having witnessed the equal treatment their European counterparts received, they returned to Africa prepared to fight a new battle: the battle for their own independence. While the fight saw successes, such as the triumph of Ghana in 1957, the movement towards freedom also brought on new challenges — the rise of tyrants, rampant corruption, and the onset of the Cold War set back the movement, resulting in widespread frustration and violent unrest. But no obstacle was too big for these determined fighters and the movement carried on.

    The struggle for African liberation has been long and difficult, with many critical moments, and has altered the relationship between Africa and the world. The fight for economic inclusion in the world market now stands in front of African nations as the new struggle. The relationship between these nations and the world is changing in fundamental ways. Individual republics and leaders are now embracing the concepts of cooperation and unity as weapons for the realization of true independence. For many, the unification of the continent is inevitable and necessary for Africa’s future.

    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE has been selected and featured at over a dozen film festivals, where it has won numerous accolades--including recipient of Best Director at the San Diego Black Film Festival, Best Director at the People Film Festival, Best Documentary at the San Diego Black Film Festival, Best African Film at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and the Leigh Whipper Gold Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival & Market.

    For more information about AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE, viewers may visit www.african-independence.com

    # # # ABOUT FILMMAKER/AUTHOR TUKUFU ZUBERI
    Follow on Twitter and Facebook: @tukufuzuberi, Facebook.com/tukufuzuberi. Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D., is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes and speaks widely about Africa, the African Diaspora, and race, both in the U.S. and internationally. He developed and expanded the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Professor Zuberi holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, is the author or editor of several books, articles, essays and reviews, and has received numerous awards for his academic work. Zuberi appears frequently in mainstream media, and is a popular host on the PBS series History Detectives, and History Detectives Special Investigations, which he co-produced. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR, PBS and other media.

    About TZ PRODUCTION COMPANY
    TZ Production Company was formed in 2007 to develop and produce entertainment media projects that focus on themes of Africa and African Diaspora culture and civilization, and diversity. Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Founder and Director of TZ Production Company, brings 20 years in academia and the film industry to the company’s mandate of critical creativity to bring visions of perspectives not typically seen or heard. TZ Production Company’s slate includes documentary films with broad audience appeal. TZ Production Company media projects all seek to promote a critical engagement with the way we think about how to change our world.

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    Discovery Weekend: Uncovering Truths, Finding Ourselves

    October 9-11: a weekend of documentary films and performances at MIST Harlem with each screening followed by a dialogue with the filmmaker


    Discovery Weekend: Uncovering Truths, Finding Ourselves



    NEW YORK - September 21, 2015 - As an alternative Columbus Day weekend event Creatively Speaking Film Series presents Discovery Weekend: Uncovering Truths, Finding Ourselves on Friday, October 9th through Sunday, Ocotober 11th, 2015. The weekend begins with a benefit sponsored by the Metro-Manhattan Chapter Links, Inc. for St. Mary’s Center in Harlem, which provides individualized nursing services within a homelike environment for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Links, Inc. is an international non-profit corporation which consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

    The benefit commences with a cocktail party followed by a preview screening of Wilhemina’s War (2015), a new documentary by June Cross. The film is set in rural South Carolina at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic where Wilhemina Dixon struggles to support her loved ones. A formidable one-woman army, Wilhemina combats the stigmatization and gross mistreatment of generations of black women in her community. The screening will be followed by a dialogue with the filmmaker and guest moderator renowned former television journalist Carol Jenkins.

    Saturday’s afternoon program features Thomas Allen Harris’ documentary film, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014). The film explores the role of photography in shaping the identity of African Americans from slavery to the present, bringing history to life through images that have been suppressed, forgotten or lost. Photography is recognized as a tool to undermine stereotypes and reveal a nuanced view into American culture and its founding principles. Following the screening, the filmmaker will present the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow, an interactive presentation that urges attendees to share stories and family photographs (on cellphones or in print).

    The Roadshow is a transmedia project that encourages audiences to discover connections between personal family archives and the film’s historical narrative. On Saturday evening, we present PAN! Our Music Odyssey (2014) directed by Jérôme Guiot and Thierry Teston and produced by Jean-Michel Gibert. The film explores the steel pan, Trinidad's national instrument, from its inception in the early forties through its evolution to the present. A hybrid documentary blending live music, historical fiction and contemporary interviews, PAN! examines the enduring legacy of African musical traditions in the vibrant multicultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. The film was the recipient of the award for an Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2015 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto.

    Sunday’s afternoon program begins with The African Ancestry Experience: Connecting Identities through Excellence and Success celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Creatively Speaking (limited seating available to the public). Dr. Gina Paige, co-founder of African Ancestry, will give a presentation on The African Ancestry Experience, an initiative designed to help people better understand their identity through tracing their ancestry. The Continuum Project founders Nikkole Salter and NSangou Njikam will present a special performance that blends African theater, music and dance. Using DNA testing, they aim to empower and heal people of the African Diaspora. At the conclusion of the program, a special ceremony led by Brother NSangou will reveal the ancestral roots of Creatively Speaking founders Kathryn Bowser and Michelle Materre who recently completed their DNA tests.

    The evening program features a screening of Africa Unite! (2008) by Stephanie Black. In commemoration of Bob Marley’s 60th birthday, the film is centered on the Marley’s inaugural family trip to Ethiopia in 2005. In Addis Ababa, three generations of the Marley family take part in a landmark week-long event to inspire young people to unite for the future of Africa. The film weaves behind-the-scenes documentation with excerpts from their 12-hour long concert attended by 350,000 fans. Following the film, attendees are invited to a Reggae Dance Party!

    About Creatively Speaking
    Creatively Speaking Film Series has become known as the leading film series for presenting independently produced media of realistic, universal portrayals of people of color. Shorts, documentaries and narrative films tell universal stories that are rarely presented in the mainstream media. Screenings are followed by lively and thoughtful discussions about the art and craft of filmmaking as well as the social issues presented in the films.

    Program Schedule

    Friday, October 9th
    6pm: Links presents a benefit reception and screening of Wilhemina’s War (62 mins.)
    Tickets available athttp://metromanhattanlinksinc.org/wilhemina

    Saturday, October 10th
    5pm: Through a Lens Darkly (91 mins.) followed by Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow
    9pm: PAN! Our Music Odyssey (85 mins.) followed by live music
    Tickets available at http://tinyurl.com/ow32363

    Sunday, October 11th
    5pm: Creatively Speaking 20th Anniversary Presentation and Performance (limited seating available to
    the public) with The African Ancestry Experience and The Continuum Project
    7:30pm: Africa Unite! (89 mins.)
    Tickets available at http://tinyurl.com/ow32363

    Trailers
    Wilhemina’s War https://vimeo.com/101657616
    Through A Lens Darkly http://1world1family.me/trailer/
    Africa Unite! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zlW8bPvojU
    African Ancestry https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=5&v=ZLmhh5lqwbE

    Contact
    Rebecca Heidenberg
    646-703-4473
    films@creativelyspeaking.tv
    www.creativelyspeaking.tv

    Members of the press are encouraged to attend the screenings and interview the filmmakers who will be in attendance. Upon request, we can provide screening copies of the films to interested partnership organizations or press m

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    UP PARTNERS WITH THE
    AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
    ON NEW SERIES DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE


    Past Success with Screenplay Competition Leads to
    'UP Flips the Script to Series: Remixing the Development Pipeline'
    as Network Continues to Expand
    Original Series Slate for Multicultural Audiences


    AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL



    ATLANTA – May 15, 2015 - UP TV announced today that it is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on a new initiative designed to generate content as part of the network's expansion of original scripted and unscripted series for multicultural audiences.

    Called "UP Flips the Script to Series: Remixing the Development Pipeline," the new initiative replaces the successful five-year run of the "UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition," which generated five feature-length films for UP.

    "It's a natural transition to shift the focus of our ABFF partnership from screenplays to series development since we have ramped up our production of high-quality, entertaining original scripted series, like our first original scripted series 'Ties That Bind,' and our unscripted hit reality series, 'Bringing Up Bates,'" said Amy Winter, executive vice president/general manager, UP. "Based on the tremendous response and high quality of work that we saw in the screenplay competition, we are extremely confident this new partnership will generate some outstanding series ideas and scripts. We are looking for content that will resonate with our audience and their desire to see highly entertaining series they can feel good about watching whether by themselves or with their whole family."

    Content creators with unique and original series concepts that entertain and uplift are invited to submit ideas encompassing any or all of the following:

    · An original, fresh, distinctive and contemporary theme that appeals to a multicultural audience with family at the heart

    · Stories with heart and humor that offer life lessons and messages to take away. These can include stories with a deeper meaning, or those that showcase challenges to overcome and/or are transformational for viewers or characters

    · Characters/talent with character that are authentic and relatable

    Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. All submissions made by that time will be reviewed and three submitters will be selected to meet with UP’s General Manager and EVP Amy Winter or Senior Vice President, Original programming Barbara Fisher at ABFF to discuss their projects. Submission details can be found at www.abff.com.

    About UP
    UP is television's trusted entertainment brand dedicated to providing viewers with "feel good TV for you and your family." UP uplifts viewers every day with premiere movies, original reality, dramatic and comedy series filled with compelling stories and characters with character. In keeping with its brand promise, UP’s pro-social initiative, “Uplift Someone,” inspires people to do simple, everyday acts of kindness. UP can be seen in 70 million homes on cable systems and satellite providers across the United States. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC which also operates gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service and provides sales and operations services to the ASPiRE network.

    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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    3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS


    3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS



    Directed by Marc Silver

    In 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS, two lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday in 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead.

    Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defense. Thus began the long journey of unraveling the truth. 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy.

    Directed by Marc Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?), the documentary intercuts powerful exclusive footage from a riveting trial with intimate, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy. We see firsthand how difficult it is for them to grapple with unimaginable loss while fighting for justice for their son. The film integrates police interrogation footage, prison phone recordings and interviews with the others at the scene that night. The result is a powerful story about the devastating effects of racial bias, and the search for justice within the judicial system.

    Participant Media will release 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS:
    June 19th, 2015 in New York
    June 26th, 2015 in Los Angeles

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    The American Black Film Festival and NJPAC Present

    HOUSE PARTY 25


    at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)


    Kid N’ Play
    “2 Hype” “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody”

    George Clinton
    “Atomic Dog”“Do Fries Go With That Shake”

    Full Force
    “Ain’t My Type of Hype” “Temporary Love Thing”

    Big Bub from Today
    “Him or Me”

    Chubb Rock
    “Treat Em’ Right” “The Chubbster”

    Hosted By Warrington Hudlin and Bowlegged Lou
    Special Guest: Groove B Chill

    A Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit The Paul Anthony Cancer Champion Foundation www.palivelife.org

    Wednesday, June 10th at 7:30PM
    NJPAC
    Prudential Hall
    1 Center Street
    Newark, NJ
    $39.00 - $99.00

    Tickets available at: or www.NJPAC.org or Box Office 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

    (Newark, New Jersey- April 24, 2015) -- The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) celebrate 25 years of the iconic film, HOUSE PARTY, which debuted in 1990 and was the first movie that introduced rap to mainstream audiences, making Kid N’ Play superstars. On Wednesday, June 10th the House Party comes to stage, at NJPAC, with performances by Kid N’ Play “2 Hype” “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” George Clinton “Atomic Dog” “Do Fries Go With That Shake” Full Force “Ain’t My Type of Hype” & “Temporary Love Thing” along with special guest emcees House Party’s producer Warrington Hudlin and Bowlegged Lou. Also scheduled to perform is Chubb Rock and Big Bub from the group, Today and a guest appearance by Groove B Chill. Relive some of the best scenes from this groundbreaking film that helped catapult hip-hop’s acceptance within mainstream America. More special guests to be added, so reserve your tickets NOW at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722).





    About Kid N’ Play
    Among the first groups to tame rap's hardcore mentality into a positive, message-oriented music suitable for teens and mass audiences, Kid 'n Play debuted in 1988 with the platinum album 2 Hype, and in 1990 starred in the film, House Party which became a groundbreaking film breaking hip-hop music and the actors into mainstream America.

    Kid (born Christopher Reid; Bronx, NY) and Play (born Christopher Martin; Queens, NY) first met while performing in rival high school groups (the Turnout Brothers and the Super Lovers, respectively) and initially teamed up as Fresh Force. Play's former band mate, Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, became the duo's manager and producer. Kid N’ Play scored a Top Ten R&B hit "Rollin' with Kid 'n Play," taken from the album, 2 Hype which reached platinum status.

    About George Clinton
    The early ’90s saw the rise of funk-inspired rap (courtesy of Digital Underground, Dr. Dre, and Warren G.) and funk rock (Primus and Red Hot Chili Peppers) that re-established the status of George Clinton as one of the most important forces in the recent history of black music. Clinton’s music became the soundtrack for the rap movement, as artists from MC Hammer, to LL Cool J to Snoop Doggy Dogg who depended heavily on the infectious groove of Clinton productions as the foundation of their recordings.

    Along with the renewed notoriety and respect, Clinton’s visibility and presence became familiar to a wider audience thanks to appearances in movies “The Night Before”, “House Party”, “PCU”, and “Good Burger,” hosting the HBO original series “Cosmic Slop”, and doing commercials for Apple computers, Nike, and Rio Mp3 players. Clinton also composed the theme songs for popular TV programs “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “The PJs”.

    Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) , an MTV music video award, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

    About Full Force
    Full Force is comprises of 3 brothers & 3 cousins, Bowlegged Lou, Paul Anthony & B-Fine are the George brothers and Baby Gerry, Curt-T-T & J-R Shy Shy are the cousins. The actual recording & chart-production history of Full Force began in November 1984, with the release of the Hip Hop classic, "Roxanne Roxanne" by multi-talented rap group UTFO. The Guinness World Book of Records lists the song “Roxanne Roxanne” as having spawned the greatest number of answer and response recordings, which started with Roxanne Shante's song “Roxanne's Revenge” which after proper legal activity was also written by UTFO & Full Force. Full Force went on to produce the next four UTFO Rap albums, including the groundbreaking "Lethal". It went to #2 on the R&B charts, and it featured the Rock group, Anthrax on the title cut.

    Prior to working with UFTO, Full Force co-wrote and were the musicians on Kurtis Blow's classic hit, "Basketball" as well as other Kurtis Blow songs. Kurtis Blow was produced by the talented duo of Robert Ford Jr. & J.B. Moore. Robert & J.B. were early believers in Full Force as they invited Full Force to participate on two earlier albums of Kurtis Blow. Full Force later went on to co-produce their first three albums for Columbia Records with Robert & J.B.

    Shortly thereafter, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam were discovered by Full Force. Full Force wrote, produced and performed on their multi-million selling platinum & gold hits, which include "I Wonder If I Can Take You Home", "All Cried Out", "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion" just to name a few. Lisa Lisa was the very first Latin female to perform Hip Hop, Dance, R&B and Pop all woven into each other courtesy of the Full Force writing and producing team.

    Over the years Full Force has written and produced for some of the biggest names in the music industry. Sadly, they were the last American producers to work with Selena on her multi-million selling album "Dreaming of You", before her un-timely death.

    Full Force also had the honor and distinction of writing, producing and performing on the last two top 5 R&B hit singles by James Brown. According to Billboard Magazine R&B Charts the single "I’m Real" peaked at #2 and the single "Static" reached #5. Both songs are from Mr. Brown’s album entitled "I'm Real" which was solely & entirely produced by Full Force.

    About House Party
    House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema, written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, and produced by Warrington Hudlin, the duo often referred to as The Hudlin Brothers. House Party stars Kid ‘N Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘N Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from Full Force, and Robin Harris (who died of a heart attack nine days after House Party was released). The film also starred Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell and Gene "Groove" Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, with a cameo by funk musician George Clinton. The film grossed $26,385,627 in its run at the box office with its widest release being 700 theaters and has since become a cult classic that has garnered critical acclaim. The film is recognized for broadening hip-hop’s acceptance into mainstream America.

    About The American Black Film Festival
    The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films and television content by and about people of African descent. Annually held during the month of June, the ABFF is committed to the belief that Black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts.

    The ABFF was originally conceived as a destination event. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has been held in Acapulco, Miami, Los Angeles and New York City. Founder Jeff Friday envisioned the ABFF as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry. Today it is widely recognized as a major conduit for bringing new Black talent to the forefront, both in front of and behind the camera. The festival is considered the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts, last year drawing an attendance of approximately 19,000. The 19th annual ABFF will be held in New York City, June 11-14, 2015. HBO® is the festival’s founding sponsor. Go to https://www.ABFF.com for more information.

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    IFC CENTER ANNOUNCES QUEER/ART/FILM’S SECOND ANNUAL SPECIAL SUMMER SEASON, “BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS”

    A four-part monthly series featuring films selected by African-American queer artists, curated by filmmaker Stephen Winter and poet Pamela Sneed, together with series founders Ira Sachs and Adam Baran.


     QUEER/ART/FILM



    April 6, 2015 - Queer/Art/Film and the IFC Center announced today the launch of their second annual special summer-themed film series, “BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS.” Galvanized by the outrage and political protest surrounding the events in Ferguson and Staten Island, as well as the primacy and impact of African-American life in recent US television and media, Queer/Art/Film curators Ira Sachs and Adam Baran tapped film director and producer Stephen Winter and poet and performance artist Pamela Sneed to join them in creating this special four-month season. For each event, a different African-American queer artist has been invited to screen a film that has deeply inspired and influenced them, and then participate in a post-screening discussion that will further explore issues related to African-American life and the role of African-American queer artists in our society. Screenings will be followed by an after party at Julius’, New York’s oldest gay bar, a site which has its own important place in New York queer history.

    The series kicks off on Monday, May 11 when the musician and performance artist M. Lamar will present Isaac Julien’s classic Looking for Langston, which became a worldwide cult hit thanks to its sensual and dreamlike portrait of gay poet Langston Hughes and his affairs during the Harlem Renaissance. On Monday, June 8, for Pride month, actor Colman Domingo will present Mahogany, the film, starring Diana Ross, that ushered in a completely new kind of cinematic melodrama in which a black woman could be as toweringly passionate, ambitious and glamorous as her white cinematic diva contemporaries like Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda or Faye Dunaway. On Monday, July 20, young adult book writer Jacqueline Woodson will present James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, the definitive film portrait of the man whose understanding of what it is to be born black, impoverished, gay and impossibly gifted in America has inspired millions. The series then concludes on Monday, August 17, when poet Angel Nafis will present a 20th Anniversary screening of Friday, a film that became an instant classic on its release thanks to its send-up of familiar black suburban neighborhood figures like the stoner Felicia, who inspired the popular put-down “Bye Felicia.”

    “The importance of centering ‘Intersectionality’ -- the concept that links struggles and triumphs of marginalized people through class, gender, sexuality and race, among other issues – is gaining new ground within the forward thinking world, and it is in that spirit we conceived “Black Summer Nights,” says curator Stephen Winter. Curator Pamela Sneed adds: "The black influence upon every aspect of LGBTQ life is as pervasive as breathing air. We’re pleased this series will further recognize and celebrate some of the myriad ways African-American life and culture has represented and infused itself within queer filmmaking, and are thrilled to honor our guests’ vitally important position in the cultural and political landscape of New York City and beyond. Movies have the power to bring people together. These films are watershed cinematic visions not for some of us, but for all of us.”

    “The best way to change the face of cultural programming as an organization,” says Sachs, regarding the decision to invite Winter and Sneed to join he and Baran in creating the special series, “is to change who makes the decisions.” He adds, “Adam and I are excited to launch a new phase of Queer/Art/Film by inviting new voices into our process, and creating the space for them to lead. It's already been a powerful experience for us organizationally to see how different the landscape of the series becomes with Stephen and Pamela involved.”

    The four presenters are: M. Lamar, an internationally recognized musician and performance artist who works across opera, metal, performance, video, and sculpture to craft sprawling narratives of racial and sexual transformation that regularly deal with African-American historical horrors; acclaimed stage and screen actor and director Colman Domingo, famed for his performances in the critically acclaimed rock musicals Passing Strange and The Scottsboro Boys, for which he received a Tony nomination in 2011, and films including Selma, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Red Hook Summer and Lincoln; author Jacqueline Woodson, a 2014 National Book award winner and one of the most important voices in Young Adult literature in America, whose books are acclaimed for featuring powerful female characters and lyrically translating complex issues of gender, economic status, and sexual identity into universal stories that break new ground in the Young Adult genre; and lastly, Angel Nafis, (BlackGirl Mansion, 2012) a rising star in the poetry world whose astonishing poems “tell the stories of women, their wounds, their love, their bodies, their deep, hungry song…” (Tameka Cage Conley) and have earned her comparisons to legendary African-American poets Ntozake Shange, June Jordan, Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez.

    THE FILMS

    Each film in the series arrives at the theme of queer blackness in cinema from a different nexus of history, performance, originality, oppression, victory, adversity and fabulousness. Actor Colman Domingo’s choice is Mahogany (1975 – dir. Berry Gordy), starring Diana Ross as a working class woman from pre-gentrified Chicago who rises to become a top model and fashion designer in Rome. Mr. Domingo writes of Miss Ross’ presence in the film, “with a heavy dose of Fashion Fair makeup, Halston-esque gowns, wigs and lashes, she became the fairy godmother for all little black gay boys to seek the diamonds and rubies in their dreams.”

    Writer Jacqueline Woodson’s selection is the classic award-winning documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989 – dir. Karen Thorsen), produced in association with the late, great Albert Maysles. The story of the life, works and beliefs of the legendary writer, playwright and Civil Rights leader James Baldwin is told using rarely seen archival footage blended with intimate interviews and rousing public speeches including his extraordinary New York funeral service held in 1987. Among Baldwin’s close friends – and critics – interviewed in the film are Maya Angelou, William Styron and Amiri Baraka. August 2015 will be Baldwin’s 90th birthday, so it is with great pride we present a film that Woodson says “shows us Baldwin’s brilliance and thoughtfulness, his before his time-ness,” and “allows us to meet the man who changed so many lives.”

    Poet Angel Nafis will present Friday (1995 – dir. F. Gary Gray), the hilarious Ice Cube-Chris Tucker comedy that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. For Nafis, it was the presence of actress Nia Long that most impacted her. She writes, “Praise be to Nia Long! So impossibly fine. Cocoa brown skin, dark cranberry lip, short cropped haircut, fine even in a sweat suit. She was amazing, and very much so what I had never before seen on TV or any magazines anywhere… In movies [black girls] are always bitchy, always broke, always loud, always monstrous, lowdown, spread thin. But Nia's character got to be sweet, beautiful in her simplicity and familiarity….It was the first time I ever saw a movie and saw someone I could be proud to want to be. And my first time seeing a black woman on TV and not just wanting to emulate her, but almost itchy with the desire to put her face near my face.”

    M. Lamar has selected Isaac Julien’s classic, Teddy Award-winning film Looking for Langston, which broke new ground and launched Julien’s celebrated career. For M. Lamar, the power of this film, along with Julien’s short The Attendant, comes from seeing “black men, black beauty and black homosexuality on screen as it has never been seen before or since.” He continues, “in the wake of Ferguson I would love for us to look at this film and think about how black men are seen in our culture and how this film disrupts that white supremacist view.”

    Screenings will take place at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd St. Adult tickets are $14. Membership packages are available starting at $50.

    Monday, May 11th, 8:00pm

    LOOKING FOR LANGSTON and other short films by Isaac Julien
    Dr. Isaac Julien, UK, 1989


    We are thrilled to kick off BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS with this Teddy Award-winning film, which became a cult hit thanks to director Isaac Julien’s sensual and dreamlike portrait of the gay poet Langston Hughes and his affairs during the Harlem Renaissance. For musician and performance artist M. Lamar, whose work regularly explores black history and sexuality, the power of this and other Julien films is seeing, “black men, black beauty and black homosexuality on screen as it has never been seen before or since.” He continues; “in the wake of Ferguson I would love for us to look at this film and think about how black men are seen in our culture and how this film disrupts that white supremacist view.”

    Monday, June 8th, 8:00pm

    MAHOGANY
    Dir. Berry Gordy, USA, 1975, 109 min
    “The men love me, the women love me…Me. Mahogany.”


    Black Summer Nights is thrilled to kick off Gay Pride Month with this one-of-a-kind melodrama turned camp classic starring Diana Ross as a working class woman whose meteoric rise from shop-girl to high fashion model to haute couture designer is challenged by her relationships with a dashing politician (Billy Dee Williams) and a malevolent gay photographer (Anthony Perkins). For Tony award-winning actor, singer and playwright Colman Domingo (Selma, Passing Strange), seeing Mahogany at an early age was deeply inspiring. He writes, “With a heavy dose of Fashion Fair makeup, Halston-esque gowns, wigs and lashes, Mahogany became the fairy god mother for all little black gay boys to seek the diamonds and rubies in their dreams.” Prepare to be dazzled by this fabulously fun and yet deeply emotional film!

    Monday, July 20th, 8:00pm

    JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET
    Dir. Karen Thorsen, USA, 1989, 87 min


    In February, QAF audiences packed the IFC for A Litany for Survival, the documentary about the poet Audre Lorde. This month, we’re thrilled to present another classic film about a landmark black literary figure. The Price of the Ticket brilliantly weaves rarely-seen archival footage from over 100 sources with intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches to form an astounding portrait of the legendary writer and Civil Rights leader James Baldwin. For award-winning Young Adult author Jacqueline Woodson, who dreamed of meeting Baldwin, the film “shows us his brilliance and thoughtfulness, his before-his-time-ness,” and “allows us to meet the man who changed so many lives.” As August marks James Baldwin’s 90th birthday, we are proud to present this valuable and vibrant documentary masterwork in celebration of one of New York’s most significant sons.

    Monday, August 17th, 8:00pm

    FRIDAY
    Dir. F. Gary Gray, USA, 1995, 91 min
    "Bye, Felicia!"


    Friday was hailed as an instant classic the moment it hit theaters in 1995, thanks to a breakout performance by Chris Tucker and its loving send-up of familiar black neighborhood figures. For tonight’s guest, poet Angel Nafis, whose work has been compared to Ntozake Shange and June Jordan, seeing the world around her reflected on screen was a powerful experience, but even more important was the presence of “impossibly fine” actress Nia Long, as a “black girl next door” who wasn’t a stereotype. Nafis found a rare onscreen role model, and felt, “almost itchy with the desire to put her face near my face.” Join us for this special 20th anniversary screening.

    BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS GUEST CURATORS

    PAMELA SNEED is a New York based poet and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, published by Henry Holt (1998), KONG & Other Works, published by Vintage Entity Press (2009) and a chapbook Lincoln (2014). She has performed original works for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, P.S. 122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, BAM cafe, Central Park Summer Stage and recently Columbia University's Tribute to James Baldwin, The Whitney Museum and BRIC.

    STEPHEN WINTER is an award winning film director, screenwriter, consultant and producer. His films include Chocolate Babies (1996), Young Men Big Dreams: Inside The World of the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for NBC/Universal, and his new film Jason and Shirley will premiere in 2015. Some of the films he has worked on are Precious (2008), Paperboy (2010), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2012), Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation (2004), John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus (2006), Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned (2010), John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings (2013) and David France’s Oscar nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague (2012). His short play Be Still, about his sainted mother Aureen returning to Jamaica, was included in 24 by 24: The Best of the 24 Hour Plays Anthology.

    ABOUT QUEER/ART/FILM
    Queer/Art/Film is a monthly series held at the IFC Center in downtown, New York City. Queer/Art/Film invites queer artists across disciplines to share a film that has inspired them and host a post-screening dialogue. After the Q&A the conversation continues at Julius’, the oldest gay bar in NYC. Co-curated by filmmakers Adam Baran and Ira Sachs, Queer/Art/Film is intimate, provocative, inspiring, and like nothing else out there.

    ABOUT THE IFC CENTER
    The IFC Center is the ultimate entertainment space for New Yorkers seeking out the best in independent film. IFC opened in June 2005 in the historic Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village.

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    OneUnited Bank



    (ONEUNITED BANK AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION HOST “MONEY ON MY MIND: FILM & TV INDUSTRY"

    A lively discussion on opportunities behind the camera for African Americans


    JANUARY 26,2015 – LOS ANGELES – OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank, and the prestigious African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) present “Money On My Mind: Film & TV Industry,” on Saturday, Jan. 31st from 4:00p.m.-7:30 p.m., at OneUnited Bank (3863 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016). The event, scheduled to coincide with the Association’s 6th Annual AAFCA Awards on Feb. 4th, will feature a guest celebrity panel to discuss career and income opportunities behind the camera for African-Americans.

    Panelists will include:

    · Bill Duke, director, producer and writer, known for his directing of TV series and feature films, including Miami Vice, American Playhouse: A Raisin in the Sun, Commando, and Sister Act 2: Back in the Business

    · Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, casting director for some of Billboard’s most iconic artists and some of Hollywood’s biggest films, such as Madonna, Prince, Katy Perry, The Blind Side and Jumping the Broom

    · Chris Williams, actor, comedian, and familiar face in films including Friday After Next and Best Man Holiday, and at Caesar’s Palace and The Venetian

    · Erika Bennett; Vice President of National Strategy at Allied Moxy, an Allied Integrated Marketing division focused on innovative campaigns geared towards the African-American consumer of its clients including Universal Pictures, Sony and ABC-TV

    · Darrell Miller, Chairman of Fox Rothschild’s Entertainment Department and attorney to some of Hollywood’s biggest African-American stars, including Angela Bassett, Ludacris, and T.D. Jakes. Author of the new book 16 Minutes of Fame, an insider’s guide to maintaining success.

    · Sharon Liggins,Director of Publicity for Universal Cable Productions and television, production studio, and agency public relations extraordinaire

    OneUnited Bank owner and president, Teri Williams, and AAFCA President and Chief Operating Officer, Gil Robertson, will moderate the panel.

    This unique event promises a lively conversation focused on the myriad of opportunities that exist in television and film that may be unseen; for example, a set builder, lighting designer or a private nurse traveling from set to set. In addition to the wealth hidden behind the camera, Williams and Robertson plan to discuss the increase in black films that were both green lighted and experienced success at the box office.

    OneUnited Bank’s partnership with the AAFCA demonstrates its commitment to advocating for long-term wealth building in the black community through traditional and non-traditional channels. In many popular industries such as entertainment and sports, many young people overlook the “bread and butter” of that industry, the machine behind the glitz that provides thousands of unique career opportunities.

    “One of the lessons learned from this economic recession is that we need to keep “money on our mind” in all areas of our lives, including looking beyond the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry to find alternative and wonderfully creative careers behind the camera that are an integral part of what is presented to the public on film and TV. It is amazing how many unsung careers there are in the “business of entertainment outside of being an actor”, said President & COO of OneUnited Bank Teri Williams. “The bank is steadfast in its commitment to helping urban communities find any and all growth opportunities. We are thrilled to present “Money On My Mind” during L.A.’s exciting annual awards season.”

    ONEUNITED BANK: Is the premiere bank for urban communities with offices in California, Florida, and Massachusetts. Its mission is to provide affordable financial services to support economic development in urban communities and maintain superior financial performance to maximize shareholder value.

    AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION: Actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring persons from the African Diaspora. Our members are also involved in our advocacy work that includes programming for students interested in film criticism and journalism.

    MONEY ON MY MIND: Sponsored by OneUnited Bank is a special invite-only series of dialogue forums that connect our community with the realities of doing business in a global economy. A different theme will be explored during each event that will be designed to keep our family informed and connected with power brokers in various business industries.

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    (BPRW) Cities Across America Are Joining the Movement – Due to the Reaction in New York City, Major U.S. Cities Are Inspired to Follow and Raise Funds for Students to See “SELMA” for Free


    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Inspired by the overwhelming success in New York City, prominent members of the African-American business communities in major cities across America have teamed with Paramount Pictures to create funds for students to see the Golden Globe-nominated film “SELMA” for free in participating theaters. The cities joining the effort will be announced Monday, January 12th at 9:00 a.m. ET.

    The New York City program provided free admission for 27,000 of the city’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see “SELMA” in participating local theaters. 27 African-American business leaders contributed to the fund and activated their network of contacts to put this program into motion, creating an impromptu and innovative public-private partnership for the greater good.

    The students in these cities will provide a student ID or report card at any of the participating locations for free admittance. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. on January 12th and run through January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) or while tickets last.

    “The response to our program in New York is better than we could have anticipated and we are truly moved by the generosity and outpouring of support,” said Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor and Viacom Director. “The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s heroic efforts in Alabama during the civil rights movement is an important chapter in our country’s history – and one that still resonates deeply today. Due to the many generous donors, tens of thousands of students around the country will have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary film.”

    The New York community has rallied to get the word out on “SELMA.” Major institutions including the New York City Department of Education, KIPP Schools, New York City Housing Authority, Schomburg Museum, Eagle Academy, Harlem Children Zone, Harlem Village Academy, Abyssinian Baptist Church, The Boys and Girls Club, the New York Public Library, and local radio stations are reaching out to students and informing them of this wonderful opportunity.

    Theaters are reporting unprecedented calls for group screenings as entire classes want to attend together. In addition, many screenings are followed by discussions, and a recommended reading list has been compiled for further learning. This is a rare moment when a film has transformed into a cultural movement in recognition of a highly relevant message that touched many people.

    Directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., “SELMA” has been nominated for four Golden Globes: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Song (“Glory” by Common and John Legend).

    The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey as “Annie Lee Cooper.”

    Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films present “SELMA.” Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey, the film is executive produced by Brad Pitt, Cameron McCracken, Diarmuid McKeown, Nik Bower, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes and Nan Morales. The film is written by Paul Webb. “SELMA” is directed by Ava DuVernay.

    “SELMA” is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s “SELMA” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

    Currently open in select cities, “SELMA” opens in theaters nationwide on January 9th, 2015. To learn more about the film, go to www.selmamovie.com.

    About Paramount Pictures Corporation
    Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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    Presents KUMBH MELA & NIGERIA Pilgrimages/Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler series


    ABOUT SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER (new series on PBS):
    Join series host, Bruce Feiler — bestselling author, scholar, adventurer — on an unprecedented journey to some of the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages – all undertaken in one remarkable year. Viewers travel around the globe to walk with Bruce and contemporary sojourners on six journeys to sacred shrines, temples, or other holy sites visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims (including Lourdes, Shikoku, Jerusalem, Mecca, Kumbh Mela, Osun-Osogbo in Nigeria). This special series (which launched December 16), epic in scope, spans continents to open a fascinating window on the human quest as it takes viewers through history and across the world on a faith exploration.

    Today’s seekers travel many of the same routes to visit sites and enact many of the same rituals that people have for hundreds of years. These are people from every walk of life, looking for meaning, trying to gain deeper understanding of life or to make a connection with their own religious history. These pilgrims will inspire viewers as they share why they’ve embarked on these journeys and what they experienced along the way. In the end, viewers will understand the powerful connection between the travelers who take these journeys today, and those who did so long before.

    OFFICIAL EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

    SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30 AT 8:00 PM ET (check local listings)

    KUMBH MELA

    Clips/related content: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sacredjourneys/content/kumbh-mela/

    Every twelve years, tens of millions of men, women and children gather on the flood plain of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in Allahabad, India, for the largest gathering of humanity for religious purposes on the planet, and host Bruce Feiler is there. This is the Kumbh Mela, the great Hindu festival where pilgrims come from across India, and around the world, to bathe in the water where two sacred rivers meet. Such mass bathing in the Ganges has been recorded for two thousand years, and at least 100 million people will attend what Hindu astrologers have declared as the most auspicious Kumbh Mela in 144 years.

    Host Bruce Feiler travels to the Kumbh with a group of spiritual seekers from across America, first stopping in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, downstream from Allahabad, to take part in traditional rituals on the Ganges, India’s most sacred river that is worshipped by Hindus as a goddess. Bruce and the pilgrims travel on by bus to the vast Mela tent city built on land that was underwater just months earlier and will be flooded again in just a few months more. Bruce and the American pilgrims settle into camp, surrounded by millions of other pilgrims, holy men, gurus and ash-covered Naga babas, the naked ascetics who are the most visible symbol of the Kumbh Mela.

    After surviving an out-of-season monsoon that floods much of the Mela camp, Bruce and the American pilgrims meet with some of India’s leading spiritual gurus. They also join millions of fellow pilgrims, Naga babas and sadhu holy men and women who are taking a ‘holy dip’ at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in a ritual that Hindus believe washes away sins and breaks the endless cycle of reincarnation.

    SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30 AT 9:00 PM ET (check local listings)

    OSUN-OSOGBO

    Clips/related content: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sacredjourneys/content/osun-osogbo/

    Host Bruce Feiler travels to Nigeria with a group of African American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba Goddess Osun as a way to reconnect with their cultural and spiritual roots. This indigenous African faith, sometimes called Orisa Devotion, was first carried to the Americas during the Transatlantic Slave Trade where it evolved and spread to become one of the ten largest religions in the world with upwards of 100 million practitioners. In its many forms it’s most widely practiced in the Caribbean and Brazil. In the US, after being forced underground during slavery, it is now growing in popularity across the country, especially in African American and Afro- Cuban neighborhoods.

    In company with pilgrims from Miami, New York and Boston, Bruce Feiler visits the last remaining Yoruba sacred grove in Nigeria, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Osun Festival attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors from across Africa and around the world. As two young American pilgrims are initiated as priestesses to the goddess Osun, a Miami-based priest reveals that it’s music and dance that brings most African Americans back to a faith where culture, art and spirituality are inextricably mixed.

    In Nigeria this indigenous African religion is under attack from Evangelical Christianity and fundamentalist Islam. But as the Osun Festival reaches its climax, Bruce sees that practitioners from the Yoruba Diaspora are reinvigorating the faith in its homeland while taking home a new sense of identity as African Americans. As a young priestess tells Bruce: “There is no power in not knowing who you are, where you come from. Coming here, I’m taking back that power; I’m taking back that identity.”

    SERIES TRAILER/SITE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=silF0CR7H9M
    SERIES WEBSITE: http://PBS.org/sacredjourneys


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    http://www.bherc.org/

  37. The Business of Black Film ...
    Your one-stop source for the latest intelligence and strategic thinking on the business of black film. Through articles, video clips, podcasts and other resources.
    http://www.thebusinessofblackfilm.com

  38. The Internet Movie Script Database ...
    Internet Movie Script Database - Movie scripts free for reading and downloading.
    http://www.imsdb.com

  39. The Souls of Black Girls ...
    The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images--how they are instituted, established and controlled.
    http://www.soulsofblackgirls.com/

  40. TotalBlackTv ...
    Upload, Download, Watch Now!
    http://www1.totalblacktv.com/home/

  41. UC Berkeley Media Resource Center ...
    African-American/African Diaspora Studies. Audiocassettes and Videotapes in the Media Resources Center.
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/AfricanAmVid.html

  42. Urban SLAM ClubPremiere >...
    Watch black movies online in DVD-quality wide screen.
    http://www.urbanslam.com/ClubPremiere

  43. We Animate Character.com ...
    Developing and providing multimedia character education films and other products with the ultimate goal is to educate youth in the importance of character and its development.
    http://www.weanimatecharacter.com/

  44. 24k Black Films ...
    24k Black Films website. Independant filmmakers.
    http://www.24kblack.com/

  45. 3 Black Chicks Review ...
    Current films, sneak previews, industry commentary, movie reviews from three African American females.
    http://www.3blackchicks.com


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