Greetings to our Film Friends and Supporters of the Harriet Tubman Haiku Film Project. This is your opportunity to watch our film on the big screen in 5.1 Surround Sound at an art house cinema!
Thursday Nov. 21st, at 1:15pm, 4:15pm and 7:30pm the Hiway Theater will screen WE ARE FREE BECAUSE OF HARRIET TUBMAN, in conjunction with their final day of showing Kasi Lemmons’ feature HARRIET. The four and a half minute Haiku film, which is a collaboration with master poet Sonia Sanchez and bassist Christian McBride, will screen right before the feature, after trailers and commercials. So arrive at the theater slightly before time so you don’t miss it.
Image is a collage of photos from the Library of Congress, shackles from the Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Museum of Philadelphia, and a sunset in Denton, Maryland.
We are offering the Hiway Theater our film for free and they are making a digital cinema package for their venue. They have expressed an interest in showing more of our film projects. I share this with you as independent filmmakers who are looking for venues to screen your work. The Hiway Theater is potentially a good place to partner with.
Stephanie Malson (Director of Photography), Marlene Patterson (Researcher and Executive Producer) and I will be there for the 1:15pm screening.
Keep dreaming and keep sharing the dream,
Nadine Patterson, Director
p.s. Please share with your networks, below is more text about the project. Thanks!
About the Event: WE ARE FREE BECAUSE OF HARRIET TUBMAN had its world premiere Nov. 2nd at the Tull Family Theater and was successfully paired with Kasi Lemmons’ feature, HARRIET. Audience members said the short film is an invocation of the spirit of Harriet Tubman and the land she traversed to freedom. The two films work well together and provide context and depth for each other. See both films together again at the Highwway Theater, 212 Old York Road, Jenkintown PA 19046.
Text by Dr. Karen Ferrick-Roman:
The artistic cinematic short, “We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman”, is directed by Nadine Patterson, an award-winning independent writer, producer and director working at the crossroads of narrative and documentary cinema.
For this film, supported with a 2019 Leeway Foundation grant, Patterson created a meditation of resistance, history and nature around poetry written and read by Sonia Sanchez, internationally honored poet and scholar, and Professor Emerita of Temple University. The film was shot on location on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, along the UGRR Trail marked by the state, and in Philadelphia, where Tubman found refuge in a community of Free Blacks and Quakers.