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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: 2014 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

3/28/2014  10:00:00 AM

2014 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
Family Film Weekend & British filmmaker and musician Jeymes Samuel kick off festival April 26 - May 4, 2014

SEATTLE (March 28, 2014) — This year's Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) promises to be remarkable with a record number of films (nearly 60) special events, panels, workshops and mini-fests. The nine-day festival kicks off with a fun-filled Family Film Weekend on April 26 and 27 with food trucks and a Fat Albert mini-fest. Food trucks are also planned for the closing day screening of Toussaint L'Ouverture on May 4. The festival will host a LGBTQ focused screening on Saturday, May 3 featuring the documentary The New Black; and a special Ladies Night mini-fest will feature ten shorts on Thursday, May 1 at 7 and 9 pm.

Check after April 8, 2014 for up-to-date film festival additions or call LHPAI at (206) 684-4758.

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)
  4-6:30 pm Food trucks located outside of LHPAI, at the corner of 17th Ave & Yesler Way
4/27 11 am — 12:30 pm THE BICYCLE (recommended for ages 9+) with film short SECRET DECODER RING (all ages).
  1-4 pm Sci-fi and digital divide short films STEM workshops follow, led by Microsoft, Technology Access Foundation and the University of Washington. (films tba)
  4-6:30 pm Food trucks located outside of LHPAI, at the corner of 17th Ave & Yesler Way

Opening Night: Saturday, April 26

4/26 7 pm THEY DIE BY DAWN A western fresh off its SXSW Premiere. Filmmaker and musician Jeymes Samuel (aka The Bullitts) in attendance. Movie Trailer

Closing Day: Sunday, May 4

5/4 1-5 pm TOUSSSAINTL'OUVERTURE Two-part epic with English subtitles. Includes a 45 min. intermission and post-screening panel. Movie Trailer
  4-6:30 pm Food trucks located outside of LHPAI, at the corner of 17th Ave & Yesler Way
  7 pm MOTHER OF GEORGE A newly married Nigerian couple in Brooklyn is having family problems around the question of children. Movie Trailer

Fat Albert mini-fest: This beloved animated series that ran from 1972 to 1985 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 based on Cosby's childhood memories.

They Die By Dawn: Four outlaws, each with a bounty on their head, set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma, with the idea that the last man will take the collective bounty. Violence and mayhem ensue. Featuring Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects, Once Upon a Time), and Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy). British filmmaker and musician Jeymes Samuel (music for The Great Gatsby) will be in attendance.

The Bicycle: Bobbi's bicycle is stolen and soon-to-be step-dad Teddy realizes that finding the bully and getting the bicycle back is the perfect opportunity to repair their relationship. Their journey through the enclaves of their Queens, New York community connects them in a way neither could have imagined. In the film short 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!

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.

MOTHER OF GEORGE: A newly married Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn is having trouble conceiving a child — a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads the wife to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu (Restless City) captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal. Featuring Danai Gurira (Walking Dead). "Eye poppingly gorgeous" — Time Out Magazine

Festival passes ($50 - $150) are currently available. Individual screenings will go on sale in the coming weeks and are $5 for youth (under the age of 16) and seniors (65+), and $10 for adults. Teen Tix cards are accepted for individual film screenings for teens ($5).

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