Tuesday, 28 July 2009

TC African Diaspora Cine-Club

TC African Diaspora Cine-Club
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
Train 1 to 116th Street - Walk up four blocks or
Bus M4, M60 or M104 to 120th Street

Photo ID required to enter building

WHAT: FREE Friday screenings and discussions on films from Africa and the African Diaspora. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 31 @ 6:00 PM

US, 1969, 107min, drama in English, Gordon Parks, Dir.

Gordon Parks' adaptation of his autobiographical novel. The story centers on Newt, a sensitive and intelligent 15-year-old boy living in the South during the 1920s. An African-American with high aspirations in an age when segregation ruled, Newt's experiences with racism, sex, love, and loss help him develop into a mature individual. In contrast, Newt's friend Marcus is a sullen youth who seems to think only with his fists, and whose life is headed nowhere. But Newt's morality is severely tested when the wrong man is arrested for a murder that Newt witnessed. If Newt discloses the true killer's identity, it could affect both his and Marcus' lives forever. Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m. (FREE Screening).

Independent African-American
Film Series Program
Live-Forum w/Refreshments
Saturday, Aug. 1 @ 6 PM

Saturday, July 31- Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009
at Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street

Screenings: $9 General Admission,
$7 students & seniors, $5 Live-Forum / $12 Forum and "Medicine for Melancholy" film screening

The African Diaspora Film Festival continues to spotlight the black experience with its Spring/Summer Thematic Film Series program. This month's installmetn focuses on Independent African-American Cinema.

The African Diaspora Film Festival, The Office of the President, Diversity and Community Affairs and the Center for African Education at Teachers College, Columbia University invite you to ADFFs Independent African-American Film Series program that will feature films directed by African-Americans. Too many films by African-Americans do not make it to mainstream theaters- some go straight to DVD sans fanfare, but each filmmaker/film has a story to tell that deserves exposure and the ADFF is the vessel that will give these much-deserving films/filmmakers an opportunity to tell their story.

In addition the film screenings, ADFF is also excited to present the Live-Forum: Independent African-American Cinema: A Conversation with African-American Filmmakers. Panelist consist of film industry tastemakers that will discuss whether Will Smith and Tyler Perry have changed the name of the game for Black storytelling? Is there today less resistance than 20 years ago towards meaningful Black theme films or are we still limited to making violent films and lame comedies?

Panelist include: filmmakers: Joe Brewster (The Keeper), Bridgett M. Davis (Naked Acts), Windell Williams (Murder Magic), and Darien Sills-Evans (X-Patriots); ADFF Director: Diarah N'Daw Spech; film distributor: Reinaldo Barroso-Spech; filmmaker and blogger Tambey Obenson

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