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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute's 2014 Film Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/15/2014  10:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Calandra Childers  (206) 684-7306


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute's 2014 Film Festival
April 26 - May 4, 2014 Director Jeymes Samuel at Opening Night festivities
Over 50 Films, 3 Local Filmmakers, Mini-Fests, Workshops Panels and Special Events


SEATTLE (April 14, 2014) — Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is pleased to present the largest ever Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) in its 11th year. More than 50 films, special events, panels, workshops and mini-fests fill out the nine-day festival. Director and musician Jeymes Samuel will visit from London to discuss his film, They Die by Dawn on opening night, April 26. Three gifted Seattle filmmakers premiere their locally produced films: Zelalem Negede, recently relocated to Seattle from Ethiopia, presents Life in America; Briaan Barron shares her short film Steamfunk & Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy; and Purpelle Tramble, 2013 LHPAI Artist-in-Residence, shares her short film, The Proposal.

The nine-day festival kicks off with a fun-filled Family Film Weekend on April 26 and 27 including a Fat Albert mini-fest. The closing day screening and Seattle premier of Toussaint L'Ouverture ends the film festival on May 4. A special Ladies Night mini-fest features ten shorts on Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm and 9 pm. The LGBTQ—focused screening on Saturday, May 3 will feature the documentary The New Black. Vanishing Pearls (April 27, 7 pm) is the result of LHPAI's creative partnership with the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). This film tells the story of the Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana who are struggling to survive following the BP oil spill that left their crop dead, finances in ruin and culture facing extinction.

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a major season program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. All films are shown on site. Festival passes ($50 - $150) are currently available. Individual screenings are $5 for youth (under the age of 16) and seniors (65+), and $10 for adults. Teen Tix cards are accepted for all individual film screenings for teens ($5).

 

LOCAL FILMMAKERS
5/2 7 pm Life in America by Seattle filmmaker Zelalem Negede is the story of Kalbe, an Ethiopian kid that came to the USA 15 years earlier with his mother. He had the life of any typical American kid but made bad choices in his teenage years and early twenties. Relations with his mother deteriorated until a fatal incident brings them together.
4/30 7 pm Steamfunk & Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy, by Seattle's Briaan Barron, is a mixed-media documentary short that explores a little-known genre called Steampunk, and how people of color are engaging the steampunk aesthetic in creative ways. A combination of digitally-animated hand-drawn images, photographs, and live-action footage give a short-form introduction to this subject.
5/1 7 pm The Proposal by Seattle filmmaker Purpelle Tramble, tells the story of school teacher Julie and Brian, an engineer. They both love each other very much, and after five years of dating, Brian thinks it is time to propose. Julie doesn't believe that this is the best time to get married and continues to turn Brian down.

 

Family Film Weekend: Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27
4/26 1-4 pm Fat Albert MINI FEST Four 30-minute episodes. Writer, filmmaker and cultural critic David Walker will lead a post-screening Q&A. (all ages)
4/27 11 am - 12:30 pm The Bicycle (recommended for ages 9+) with film short Secret Decoder Ring (all ages).
4/27 1-4 pm Sci-fi and digital divide short films STEM workshops follow, led by Microsoft, Technology Access Foundation and the University of Washington. Short films are: Eyes on the Stars, Black Girls Code and Space Out

 

Opening Night Film: Saturday, April 26
4/26 7 pm They Die by Dawn Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma. The last man takes the collective bounty. Violence and mayhem ensue. This western is fresh off its SXSW Premiere. Filmmaker and musician Jeymes Samuel (aka The Bullitts) in attendance. Movie Trailer

 

Closing Day: Sunday, May 4
5/4 12:15 pm Public lecture by LHPAI Artist-in-Residence Negarra A. Kudumu, MA titled “Toussaint L'Ouverture, Self-Determined: Lessons of Liberation from the Haitian Revolution.”
5/4 1-5:30 pm Toussaint L'Ouverture Two-part historical action epic with English subtitles. Based on the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture who led a successful slave rebellion in the 18th century that sparked the Haitian Revolution. Includes a 45 min. intermission and post-screening panel. Movie Trailer
5/4 7 pm Mother of George A newly married Nigerian couple in Brooklyn is having family problems around the question of children. Movie Trailer

 

ALL FILMS (Alphabetical by Title)

4/27
5/1
4 pm
4 pm
Agizo ya Lumumba On 17 January, 1961, Patrice Emory Lumumba was assassinated by regimes of domination and greed. On 17 January, 2014 we remember him as a hero of our regime of peace and empowerment
5/3 4:30 pm Barbasol is a short film about a man that desires to bond with his father; as his father is slipping further into dementia. Written and produced by Kiara C. Jones of Cultivated Films, the film stars Stephen Hill, Ebbe Bassey, Elijah Williams and William Jay Marshall (The Fisher King, Billy Bathgate).
5/3 11 am Black Film Now is the first documentary to explore the New Black Film Revolution. Where are we now? What are our concerns? Where are we going? Featuring exclusive interviews with Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Terence Nance, Harry Belafonte, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans, Ice-T, Issa Rae and dozens more.
4/27 1 pm Black Girls Code is a documentary about the introduction of young girls of color into the fields of science and technology in order to bridge the digital divide.
4/30 7 pm Black Sci-Fi Rare 1992 documentary about the portrayal of black characters in science fiction, the work of black sci-fi and fantasy writers, and the roles that these writers might take in creating fiction in the future. Featuring interviews with Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Mike Sargent, Steven Barnes, and Nichelle Nichols.
5/1
5/3
7 pm
LADIES NIGHT
9 pm
Chicken Soup When a husband and his wife are unable to overcome their martial issues, their prayers are answered with the help of a messenger sent from ‘above.'
5/1 7 pm
LADIES NIGHT
Dancing Like Home is a documentary that explores the realities of going back 'home' to the motherland - Senegal, West Africa. Having no firsthand knowledge of this culturally rich region, actress/filmmaker Joyce Guy explores the dance and its traditions but also faces many challenges as an outsider impeded by a language barrier, difficult living conditions, and being a non-Muslim woman in a patriarchal society. She encounters realities of the motherland that are not what she expected and reveals the depths of dance embedded in their language of expression.
4/28 7 pm De Wonderboom, kunst van Capricorne is a documentary about the Curacao artist JM Capricorne, an Afrocaribbean descendant of the African diaspora, considered the godfather of Curacao art. Now, at age 80, the artist still works in his atelier in Nijmegen (Holland). Younger artists give their vision on the role of art in the current Curacao society.
5/1 4 pm Doc' Crow: The Legend of Johnny 2-Strings A period docu-drama about a legendary blues man and his turbulent life through decades of music, who at the height of his touring career on the famed Chitlin' Circuit mysteriously vanished without a trace.
5/1 9 pm
LADIES NIGHT
Down, Down, Baby Faced with being sent to a homeless shelter for troubled teens, Angel Anderson must search for her father and inevitably confront the truth about the family she wants in order to embrace the family she needs.
5/1
4/30
9 pm
LADIES NIGHT
7 pm
Dreaming John Doe finds himself in a coma, stuck between two realities. All he has to do to become conscious again is figure out which reality is real—in other words, figure out who he is. But he had better choose right, or he'll never wake up again.
4/28 7 pm Dust Adapted from a national award-winning poem, Dust braids two memories from a poet's writer's youth. In one memory, the young man remembers a last moment with a lover. In the other the young man recalls his final hours with his dying grandfather. Ultimately, this contemplative examination of the nature of grief becomes a poetic meditation of water, skin and dust.
5/1 7 pm
LADIES NIGHT
Earth, Water, Woman tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad and Tobago West Indies called Fondes Amandes and led by a charismatic Rastafarian woman.
4/29 9 pm Evolution of a Criminal Ten years after robbing a Bank of America, filmmaker Darius Monroe returns home to examine how his actions affected the lives of family, friends and victims.
4/27 1 pm Eyes on the Stars Carl McNair tells the story of his brother Ronald, an African American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars.
4/27
5/1
11 am
9 pm
LADIES NIGHT
Faraja on the Front Line A portrait of a young man from Goma. Not a child soldier, and not a victim of war, he is a boy who shows a different side of the entrepreneurial spirit.
4/26 1 pm Fat Albert The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids. (1972—1985) Four 30-minute episodes. Writer, filmmaker and cultural critic David Walker will lead a post-screening Q&A. (all ages)
5/1 7 pm LADIES NIGHT Finding Neptune Allen, an astronomy enthusiast, and Jennifer, a college junior, are in the honeymoon stage of their new relationship. They are inseparable and their attraction for each other is undeniable. As Allen and Jennifer's true identities are revealed, their relationship is put to the test.
4/29 7 pm He's A Fighter Antoine 'Action' Douglas was born to a drug addicted mother in Southeast D.C. He has lived with various friends, relatives and foster families. His life makes a dramatic shift upon his introduction to boxing, resulting in graduating top of his class and going on to the Olympic Trials. This story follows his meteoric rise to boxing stardom.
5/2 4 pm Howl-N-Madd, Mississippi Blues Family Man Growing up picking cotton in Mississippi, Bill Perry moved to Chicago to make a new life for himself. But his real success came when he returned 40 years later as 'Howl-N-Madd,' an engaging bluesman devoted to his music and his family.
5/3 9 pm Jackie A friendly dinner takes a wrong turn in this story of an Ivy Leaguer and her birth-mother who find out their similarities are disturbingly strong and first impressions can never be undone.
5/1 9 pm
LADIES NIGHT
Kenya's Eyes A dramatic and gritty film centered on a young girl who battles with self-identity issues and deep depression. Based on true events, Kenya faces bullying and mental abuse throughout her junior high school years. Kenya's mother, a single mother raising four kids, tries to teach Kenya how to be self-dependent but the plan backfires when suspicion in the household stirs Kenya's teacher.
5/2 7 pm Life in America by Seattle filmmaker Zelalem Negede is the story of Kalbe, an Ethiopian kid that came to the USA 15 years earlier with his mother. He had the life of any typical American kid but made bad choices in his teenage years and early twenties. Relations with his mother deteriorated until a fatal incident brings them together.
4/28 7 pm Looking For Mr. Stieglitz Modern art meets the Harlem renaissance at 291 Fifth Avenue where Georgia O'Keeffe, who is looking for Mr. Stieglitz, encounters the unexpected. Set in 1916 in New York City, O'Keeffe meets Hodge Kirnon, originally from the West Indies and now weary from many years of navigating the 'American Dream.' Georgia finds much in common with this stranger as he shares his frustration with intolerance and as she deals with her own insecurities about being an artist and a woman in a man's world.
5/2 4 pm Mabele na Biso Our Land takes us on a journey through time and space to explore Africa's commitment to autonomy and self-determination. Through the unlikely story of a radio that has been modified to run on a generator fueled by locally produced palm oil, this film portrays a different story of African independence—one rooted in a history of defiance that has become a model of community engagement from independent educational systems to free, locally governed healthcare.
5/3 9 pm Man in the Silo Ernie Hudson stars as Marcus, a successful African-American businessman who awakes to find himself in a dilapidated grain silo. He walks outside to find a seemingly deserted farmhouse, which triggers a flood of haunting memories. Marcus battles with himself to take his own life or confront his increasingly paranoid delusions.
5/3 1 pm
LGBTQ
Me & You On May 25, 1971, Jackie Miller and her husband brought home their adopted son, Scott. 37 years later, Scott brought his mother to StoryCorps, where they shared a conversation about Jackie's decision to adopt him, their profound love for one another, and Scott's trepidation at what the future holds.
4/28 7 pm Meeting Gary A film about domestic child neglect set in a low income, 'ghetto' neighborhood. A boy's dream of becoming a professional dancer is ignored by his parents because they are too busy with their own struggles. Is anybody paying attention to this boy's basic need for love and support? Will he follow his dream?
5/3 9 pm Modou Modou is the life of many African people who live in Europe. Missing their countries, they fight every day to improve their families and their own living conditions.
5/4 7 pm Mother of George A newly married Nigerian couple in Brooklyn is having family problems around the question of children.
5/1 9 pm
LADIES NIGHT
My American Fund Samuel is an American boy stuck in a small town in Nigeria. His Grandmother is mean, he hates his school, but most of all he longs to be home with his mother. With his 'American fund' he runs away back to the States, but will he make it?
4/27 4 pm Nidiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing is a documentary and performance film following three top opera students through a year in the program at the University of Cape Town's once all-white opera school. The filmmakers travel with the students from their home townships, where they've faced financial hardship and in some cases health struggles, to Cape Town, where they perform in the city's opera hall, once a flash point in the anti-apartheid movement, to New York where they sing at the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival. Along the way, they confront everything from racial politics to tuberculosis to their parents' fears that opera is not a suitable style="font-size:11px;"career.
5/2 9 pm O Espinho Da Rosa Prosecuting Attorney David Lunga's success is overshadowed by the terrifying secrets of Rosa, a beautiful but mysterious woman with whom he falls in love. What mysteries does she hide? As the macabre facts unravel, David comes face to face with his own demons and is driven to prove his innocence, recover his reputation and, above all, clear his own conscience.
5/1 9 pm LADIES NIGHT Punch Me With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most.
5/1 4 pm Relax & Chill is a music-video/short-film inspired by social media and the fact that we're constantly online whether it's via Twitter, YouTube or Facebook.
5/2 4 pm Santiago is Santiago Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the commercialized world of American mass media! This film gives an in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs. Of all the cities Warren Haack visited, Santiago de Cuba was the most vibrant and soulful. The mix of Nahual Indian, African and Spanish blood, combined with insulation from the mass entertainment we know so well, has created a culture unlike any other.
4/27
4/30
11 am
7 pm
Secret Decoder Ring Justin is a normal kid eating his favorite breakfast cereal, when a special offer catches his eye: a secret decoder ring. He succumbs to the lure and sends away for it by mail. What he gets in return is more than he bargained for!
4/27 1 pm Space Out Damian is a teenager who struggles both socially and academically. He finds himself spacing out during a science test, living out a sci-fi fantasy while the clock ticks. Back in reality, he has flunked his test and fails to connect with his peers. However, the adult Damian has turned his childhood fantasies into a successful career.
5/3 4 pm Spit'in Anger: Venom of a Fatherless Son is the exploration into the uncharted space of fatherlessness. Through the story of Kenneth Braswell, one of America's premier leaders in the responsible fatherhood movement, we learn that the filmmaker and healer is about to receive a lesson in healing himself.
4/30 7 pm Steamfunk & Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy, by Seattle's Briaan Barron, is a mixed-media documentary short that explores a little-known genre called Steampunk, and how people of color are engaging the steampunk aesthetic in creative ways. A combination of digitally-animated hand-drawn images, photographs, and live-action footage give a short-form introduction to this subject.
4/27 2 pm Stuart Hall Project is a documentary about one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of a generation. A thinker and commentator, his peers include other giants of political commentary such as Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Alan Ginsberg, Michel Foucault and Gore Vidal.
4/27 11 am The Bicycle Bobbi can't stand Teddy. Teddy isn't thrilled with Bobbi. They live in the same house, and Teddy is going to marry Bobbi's mother Cheryl in a month. Cheryl has given up on them living as one big, happy family. But when Bobbi is jumped and her bicycle is stolen, Teddy realizes this is the moment to repair his relationship with Bobbi. He volunteers to help find the bully and get the bicycle back. What they discover as they travel through the many worlds that make up their community both surprise and connect them in a way neither could imagine.
5/1 7 pm
LADIES NIGHT
The End Again is a pensive portrait of the day in which Joe and Jane end their five-year relationship. This contemporary romantic drama illustrates the sometimes complex yet nuanced struggles that often accompany breakups as Jane Salmon and Joe Maxwell attempt to reconcile their personal battles of conscience against a love that still remains.
5/3 7 pm The Magic City is a movie about hope. Set in the gritty Liberty City area of Miami we follow the powerful journey of Amiya Castle, a deeply troubled girl, with a drug addicted mother, who comes face to face with unbelievable circumstances of tragedy and turmoil.
5/3 1 pm
LGBTQ
The New Black is a documentary that takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table style="font-size:11px;"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 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.
5/1 7 pm
LADIES NIGHT
The Pain of Love centers around a young couple very much in love. Isabella's lover Marques finds a hidden letter, and love takes a turn into a dramatic ending.
5/1 7 pm
LADIES NIGHT
The Proposal by Seattle filmmaker Purpelle Tramble, tells the story of school teacher Julie and Brian, an engineer. They both love each other very much, and after five years of dating, Brian thinks it is time to propose. Julie doesn't believe that this is the best time to get married and continues to turn Brian down.
4/28 7 pm The Wave/Les Vagues A woman meets a stranger who entices her for swim in the deep, dark, seductive waves.
5/3 9 pm Tobacco Burn Based on an oral history from the W.P.A., Tobacco Burn is a story set 35 years before the Civil War at the height of American slavery. It follows a slave community on a Kentucky tobacco farm as they struggle with the arrival of a brutal overseer. When two of the enslaved weigh the complexities of killing the man, each develop a different understanding towards violence, acting on which could cost all of them their lives.
5/4 1 pm Toussaint L'Ouverture Two-part historical action epic with English subtitles. Based on the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture who led a successful slave rebellion in the 18th century that sparked the Haitian Revolution. Includes a 45 min. intermission and post-screening panel.
4/26 7 pm They Die By Dawn Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma. The last man takes the collective bounty. Violence and mayhem ensue. This western is fresh off its SXSW Premiere. Filmmaker and musician Jeymes Samuel (aka The Bullitts) in attendance.
4/29 7 pm Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story A gambling scandal—of which he had no part—shatters the athletic career of New York's brightest young basketball star. Kicked out of college and banned by the NBA, the young protagonist spends the next six years working the nightshift in a Dayton, Ohio, GM plant before being approached by the Indiana Pacers of the rogue ABA. He becomes a star, a city councilmember and civic icon but dies too young. In September, Roger Brown will be belatedly enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame. Stars include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Bill Cosby, Julius Erving, Bob Costas, and more.
4/29 4 pm Undercover is a documentary film about Richard Bert, a Brooklyn man who served as an undercover narcotics officer for the New York Police Department in the 1980s. This is the story about Richard's escape and survival from deep undercover, a journey to find his true self, his true spirit and his true purpose.
4/27 7 pm
AFFRM Screening
Vanishing Pearls The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana are struggling to survive following the BP oil spill that left their crop dead, finances in ruin and culture facing extinction. This small community of 300 has historically been overlooked by the state, and are now taking matters into their own hands to assure their voice is heard and to prevent their culture from vanishing.

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