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SUBJECT: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement open 2012 Sundance Film Festival award-winning film

9/27/2012  5:58:00 PM

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement open 2012 Sundance Film Festival award-winning film

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center™, founding member of AFFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement) will present the film Middle of Nowhere from October 19-24 at the AMC Southcenter in Tukwila.

Middle of Nowhere is a movie that explores the effects on family and loved ones of an African American male going to prison. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Award for Directing, Middle of Nowhere is an elegant and emotional drama chronicling a woman’s separation from her incarcerated husband and her journey to maintain her marriage and her identity.

Staring into the hollow end of her husband Derek’s eight-year prison sentence, Ruby Sexton fights to support him on the inside and survive her own identity crisis on the outside. Through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to the core, Ruby is propelled on a new and often frightening journey of self-discovery.
By turning prison movie conventions inside out, Middle of Nowhere dips deep into the well of universal truths about loss and living and moving on, and basically invents its own genre. This beautifully crafted movie is a must see film for its inspiration, thoughtfulness and new narrative of love, loss family and choices.
MPAA has issued an “R” rating for some language used in Middle of Nowhere. Director Ava DuVernay notes “I don’t agree with this rating, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to protest.  This film doesn’t contain any explicit sexual situations or violence. The rating was issued due to a few uses of “the F bomb” (five to be exact) in the film.”  
Tickets are available at the AMC Southcenter. For information, please call the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center™ 206.684.4758.


LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies.  Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAC is a multi-media performing arts institution that brings a consistent artistic and pluralistic voice by and about Black people locally, nationally and globally for the greater Seattle artistic landscape. Year round programming includes, film, dance, theatre and music with a broad array of education components, including the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center Youth Academy.

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival supports grassroots community  engagement by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to connect around iconic  subjects. The shared experience of films in this festival create a collaborative opportunity to build cultural competency and pluralism across neighborhoods throughout the greater Seattlearea.

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement is a distribution collective dedicated to the domestic theatrical release of quality black independent films founded in 2011 by Ava DuVernay. The AFFRM Film Festival groups include Urbanworld Film Festival, Imagenation, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, ReelBlack Film Series and BronzeLens Film Festival.

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