Let’s Talk About How We Can Support Documentary Filmmakers in the Tri-State Area

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Monday September 8th, 5:30pm to 8pm the Black Film Advisory Committee Documentary Panel

On Monday September 8th from 5:30pm to 8pm, I will be on a panel about documentary filmmaking organized by the Black Film Advisory Committee, sponsored by Councilman David Oh’s office. The event will be at Drexel University 3140 Market Street. Go to http://bit.ly/BlkFilmAdvDocPnl to make a reservation. We will discuss various means for financing and distributing documentary films. The event is co-sponsored by ReelBlack, Scribe Video Center and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

Over the years, small grants have made a critical difference in whether or not we would be able to start or complete a film project. In 1996 “Moving with the Dreaming” received a grant of $3,000 from the Philadelphia Foundation to cut a trailer, which enable us to get a $27,000 grant from the National Black Programming Consortium to complete the film. Unfortunately in today’s cultural landscape, those kinds of grant are not readily available to filmmakers in our region.

Do you think a regional film fund is needed? What other kind of support for filmmakers would you like to see created? Come to the panel on September 8th and let’s talk about it and plan a course of action.

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If you are a company or cultural donor who is interested in supporting film and media work of high quality and diverse perspectives please read more about the fund by clicking here. Thank you.

Support Films Featuring a Fresh Perspective About Our Youth

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All children are our responsibility. We as media makers should not demonize them. We should lift them up. Here are two very different projects that show our youth as the beautiful and thoughtful people they are.  Just watch and tell your friends. Enjoy!

THE INVADERS Webseries: ANGIE’S LOGS by Mark Cabaroy and Marti Davis

 

THE LITTLE BROTHER FILM PROJECT by Nicole Franklin

If you want to bring Tango Macbeth to your area, please submit request through OPEN INDIE platform

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TMac_OpenIndie

Hello Film Fans! I joined a new platform called OPEN INDIE enables film goers to request a film screening in their area. Unlike Tugg, which I still love, this platform is flexible in terms of venue selection. Community and alternative spaces are the spaces we are interested in partnering with. Click here to register your vote to have TANGO MACBETH screen in your area. If I can get 250 from around the world that would enable me to say that my film has global reach. Be part of the Do-It-Yourself and movement and create new venues for showing indie films.

For more information on the platform read these articles about co-founder Arin Crumley here: ARIN CRUMLEY DIY DAYS TORONTO http://www.toronto.diydays.com/speaker-lineup/arin-crumley/  KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR OPEN INDIE (no longer active, just has video and text that explains the concept–this is not a shill for money) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arincrumley/openindie-100-pioneering-filmmakers-embrace-moder

Tango Macbeth Premieres in Queens at Museum of the Moving Image Friday August 15th 7pm

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Official Tango Macbeth Poster

Members of SAG-AFTRA attend free of charge!

Screening & Live Event
Tango Macbeth

Click here for directions

With director Nadine Patterson in person

Part of the series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner, Inc. 

Dir. Nadine Patterson. 2012, 74 mins. Digital projection. With Alexandra Bailey, Brian Anthony Wilson. In this multicultural and experimental Macbeth, a theater company rehearses the play while a documentary crew follows them. This blend of world music, contemporary dance, humor, and cinema verite is a refreshing take on the classic tragedy, and the first film adaptation of Shakespeare directed by an African-American woman.

Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m. For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page.

SERIES
Changing the Picture (2014)

Ongoing
Sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Organized by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Warrington Hudlin

This ongoing series celebrates and explores the work of film and television artists of color who are bringing diverse voices to the screen. The series, which consists of screenings and discussions with directors, writers, actors, scholars, and more, includes contemporary work as well as historically significant work that has played an important role in the evolving attempt to “change the picture” and bring a wider variety of voices and visions to the moving image.

Work in Progress ~ BLACK BALLERINA: New Film by Frances McElroy

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BLACK BALLERINA, a feature length documentary-in-progress, is a story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. In 2014, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas. Do they find that the color of ballet has changed? If so, how? If not, why?

BLACK BALLERINA uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers in a subject that reaches far outside the art world. Through broadcast and a comprehensive educational and community outreach initiative, BLACK BALLERINA compels viewers to think about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change. Join our email list for more information about our project at http://www.blackballerinadocumentary.org.

 

Tango Macbeth screens at the Philadelphia Clef Club Sat. July 19th @ 3pm

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PHILAFILM 2014– TANGO MACBETH

The film screens at 3pm Saturday July 19th, 2014 at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, Broad & Fitzwater Streets in South Philadelphia. A free panel discussion on Independent Filmmaking will follow the film. Ms. Patterson will be present at both events.

Tickets are $8 for general admission. $4 Seniors and students with ID, and with groups of 5 or more.

The Philadelphia Clef Club is at 738 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19146-2232 . (215) 893-9912

See the complete PHILAFILM Schedule here.

 

Mellody Hobson on Being “Race Brave” instead of “Color Blind”

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From Arial Investment Trust: MELLODY HOBSON is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management at Ariel Investment Trust. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities.

She is chairperson of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. as well as a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Groupon, Inc., and Starbucks Corporation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high quality, out-of-school time programs. Furthermore, she is a board member of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, The Chicago Public Education Fund, Sundance Institute and is on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. Mellody earned her AB degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She also received honorary doctorate degrees in humanities from both Howard University and St. Mary’s College. [BTW, yes is married to George Lucas.]

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