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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Langston Hughes African American Film Festival runs April 26 to May 4, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/7/2014  10:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Calandra Childers  (206) 684-7306


Langston Hughes African American Film Festival runs April 26 to May 4, 2014
Expect documentaries, youth-made films, LGBTQ mini-fest, experimental work, sci-fi, family-friendly explorations and more


SEATTLE — The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) celebrates its 11th year this year. A program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI), the festival continues the tradition of presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers. Festival film submissions will be accepted through February 14, 2014. Three anchor films have already been confirmed:

Toussaint L'Ouverture: a two-part action epic based on the life of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture, a leader of the Haitian independence movement during the French Revolution, who emancipated slaves and established Haiti as a black-governed French protectorate.

The Magic City: the poignant story of young sisters Tiana and Nia, and their new friend Amiya. Victims of abandonment, abuse and the Florida foster care system, the resourceful trio use their street smarts to survive while plotting to conceal the death of the sisters' aunt.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: Family mini-fest. This beloved animated series ran from 1972 to 1985. It centered on Albert (known for his catchphrase "Hey, hey, hey!"), and his friends who hung out in a Philadelphia junkyard. Together this group of Afro-American inner-city kids shared educational adventures and finished each episode with a song played on cobbled-together junkyard instruments. It was created, produced and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby and was based on Cosby's childhood memories.

Exact dates and times for these three events will be released in March along with a complete list of the dozens of exciting films, workshops, filmmaker events and talk-backs. Check langstoninstitute.org for up-to-date film festival additions or call LHPAI at (206) 684-4758. Festival passes ($50 - $150) will be available online in late February. Individual screenings are $5 for youth under the age of 16 and seniors (65+), and $10 for adults. Teen Tix cards are also accepted for individual film screenings, providing $5 tickets for teens.

LHPAI is pleased to welcome back Zola Mumford as the 2014 LHAAFF curator, and the entire dedicated and passionate volunteer crew who bring the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival to life for our community. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Jacob.galfano@seattle.gov or call the LHPAI front office: (206) 684-4758.

Langston Hughes African American film Festival (LHAAFF)
LHAAFF is a major season program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Beginning as a weekend series, LHAAFF has expanded over the past decade to include nine days of film, workshops, filmmaker events and community celebrations renowned for presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers. Films are selected by panel and will include contemporary and vintage offerings, as well as local, national and international filmmakers. The festival will feature panel discussions, readings, and audience 'talk-backs' with filmmakers, industry professionals and community leaders.

LHAAFF is a founding member of AFFRM, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (affrm.com). Anchored by the passion and prowess of founding African American film festivals, AFFRM empowers black independent filmmakers with simultaneous theatrical distribution in multiple markets.

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