BAMcinématek presents Creatively Speaking,
Second annual weekend event of independent film and video by and about communities of color
BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.)
Tickets: $11 per screening for adults; $7.50 for seniors 65 and over,
children under twelve, and $7.50 for students 25 and under with valid I.D.
Monday–Thursday, except holidays; $7 BAM Cinema Club members
Tickets available by phone at 718.777.FILM
Call 718.636.4100 or visit BAM.org
Brooklyn, March 26, 2008—From April 25–27, BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, presents Creatively Speaking. In the tradition of the original series that began at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem twelve years ago, the Creatively Speaking series at BAM, now in its second year, is a forum to present works that convey a realistic, universal portrayal of people of color to Brooklyn audiences and beyond. This series includes premieres, sneak previews, enlightening and entertaining shorts, documentaries, and independent feature films. Creatively Speaking is curated by Michelle Materre and co-curated/produced by Neyda Martinez. All programs are followed by Q&As with the filmmakers.
Highlights of this year’s program include the world premieres of two new documentaries: Scott Macklin’s Masizakhe: Building Each Other and Blacks without Borders: Chasing the American Dream on Foreign Soil by Stafford and Judy Bailey. The latter film, screening on April 27, focuses on the lives of twelve American expatriates, while the former, screening on April 25, follows activists shaping the future of South Africa. This year’s Creatively Speaking also includes a number of other films about South Africa, including a sneak preview of Barbara Rick’s Road to Ingwavuma (ing-wah-woom-ah) on April 27, which chronicles the journey of a delegation of artists to South Africa, among them Carlos Santana and Samuel L. Jackson. Rick’s film screens alongside Stacey Holman’s Dressed Like Kings, about the male world of “best dressed” pageants in South Africa.Other highlights include the April 26 East Coast premiere of Kevin Arkadie’s FESPACO, a documentary narrated by Danny Glover which was shot behind the scenes of the annual film festival in Ougadougou, one of the world’s premier showcases for black independent film. Also on April 26 and featuring Glover is Stephanie Black’s Africa Unite!, a political music documentary centering on the concert commemorating Bob Marley’s 60th birthday, which took place in Ethiopia in 2005, and which features performances by a range of international musicians. On April 25, a dramatic feature highlight of the series, Cristina Kotz Cornejo’s 3 Américas, tells the story of a teenaged girl sent to live with her anti-American grandmother in Argentina and who struggles to balance her new life with her American upbringing.
In addition to documentary and narrative features, a variety of shorts programs round out this year’s Creatively Speaking. These include Love Stories on April 25, a collection of films exploring different experiences of love which includes the New York stories Weekends in Brooklyn by David Canady and After Life (set in Harlem) by Lana Garland and the World Premiere of kA’ramuu Kush’s K(no)w De:tales. Another shorts program, All Dance, All The Time, brings together films about African American dance and music, including the documentary Beyond the Steps: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by Phil Bertlesen and Billy Jackson’s Didn’t We Ramble On?, about West African influences on the black marching band narrated by Dizzy Gillespie.
Curator Michelle Materre remarks, ìWe are thrilled to be able to present the Creatively Speaking film series at BAM for a second time in 2008. Creatively Speaking continues to offer an opportunity for audiences to view independent film and videos by and/or about people of color that might not be seen otherwise. The work and the artists speak for themselves—telling their own stories and recalling their own histories. By presenting this work, we are creating a new visual text for audiences in search of more accurate representations of themselves.î
The complete schedule for Creatively Speaking follows.
BAM Rose Cinemas ìoffers one of the most civilized movie–going experiences in the city,î according to The New York Times. General admission tickets to BAM Rose Cinemas are $11. Tickets are $7.50 for seniors over 65 and children under twelve. Tickets are $7.50 for students 25 and under with valid I.D. Monday–Thursday, except holidays, and $7 for BAM Cinema Club members. Discounts are only available at BAM Rose Cinemas box office. Tickets are also available by phone at 718.777.FILM, or online at BAM.org. For more information, call the BAMcinÈmatek hotline at 718.636.4100 or visit BAM.org.
Creatively Speaking schedule
All screenings followed by Q&As with filmmakers.
Friday, April 25
Young at Heart (66min total)
Features the films:
By Standing: The Beginning of an American Lifetime (2007), 5min
Directed by Karen Lin and Karin Chien
Spoken-word artist Kelly Tsai raises her voice against war and complacency.
Drawing Angel (2007), 18min
Directed by Rosalyn Coleman Williams and Craig Williams
A young journalist meets a nine-year-old boy displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Still Standing (2006), 8min
Directed by Paola Mendoza
A grandmother returns to her home to save what she can in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
I am Not a Boy (2007), 6min
Directed by Julie Joyce
Julie, a transgendered fifteen-year-old, wants the same things all young people want.
A Period Piece (2005), 20min
Directed by Camille Holder Brown
If only Sionne could live in a world where girls never got their periods!
Black Woman (2007) 9min
Directed by Joyia Bradley
A stylized homage to and commentary on the historical role of Black women in American society and the Blaxploitation movies of the 70s.
3 Américas (2007), 98min, in English and Spanish
Directed by Cristina Kotz Cornejo
It’s spring in Boston and sixteen-year-old América is looking forward to the end of school. But after a life-changing event, she is sent to live with her anti-American grandmother in Argentina. She struggles to balance her new life in a Spanish-speaking country with her very American upbringing.
Love Stories (94min total)
Five explorations of physical, spiritual, unrequited, and lost love:
K(no)w De:tales (2008), 16min, World Premiere
Directed by kA’ramuu Kush
When an online connection becomes a real-life encounter sparks begin to fly, and the couple finds they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Weekends in Brooklyn (2007), 21min
Directed by David Canady
During an outdoor dinner party with friends on a Brooklyn rooftop, a young man and woman meet and find love. Their love gets put to the test when an unexpected event sheds a different light on the relationship.
Yellow (2005), 20min, in English and Creole with subtitles
Directed by Dominga Martin
Sigh and Crystal are trying to move cautiously despite their extreme attraction to one another. We hear their most intimate and sometimes embarrassing thoughts which contradict what they’re saying aloud. Listening to the hearts and minds of two people on a first date can reveal all or nothing.
Walk (2005), 10min
Directed by Shari Carpenter
With a wedding imminent, two long-term friends are reunited and take a long “walk” together just like they used to. Along the way, they find their friendship has in fact turned to love and wedding plans just may have changed.
After Life (2007), 27min
Directed by Lana Garland
Harlem, New York City. The film begins with a beautiful, yet traumatized Nicole Goode (Tamara Tunie) avoiding a funeral, which is taking place just steps away. Ten years later, lonely and resigned, Nicole now devotes much of herself to the church. However, her religious beliefs and convictions are tested after two events change her world—the arrival of an old lover and a murder. Must she again lose the love of her life in order to get herself out of harm’s way?
Masizakhe with Hip Hop Revolution (118min total)
Masizakhe: Building Each Other (2007), 70min, World premiere
Directed by Scott Macklin
This documentary focuses on a new generation of activists shaping the future of South Africa—everyday heroes whose work led to the end of systematic government oppression.
Hip Hop Revolution (2007), 48min
Directed by Weaam Williams
South African filmmaker Williams takes a nostalgic look at the hip hop culture and its influences on South African youth.
Saturday, April 26
Negroes with Guns with B.L.A.C.K. and An Aboriginal Song of Hip Hop (79min total)
Negroes with Guns (2004), 53min
Directed by Sandra Dixon, Churchill Roberts
Robert F. Williams, the forefather of the Black Power movement, broke dramatic new ground by internationalizing the African-American struggle. This film brings Williams’ story to life and provides an examination of black radicalism and resistance.
B.L.A.C.K. - An Aboriginal Song of Hip Hop (2007), 26min
Directed by Grant Leigh Saunders
This musical documentary explores issues of Aboriginal identity politics in the authentic and empowering voice of hip hop in contemporary Australian youth culture.
FESPACO (2007), 72min, East Coast premiere
Directed by Kevin Arkadie
Narrated by Danny Glover
A “behind the scenes” look at one of the world’s largest film festivals. Six filmmakers, all from the African Diaspora, compete in the Film and Television Festival of Ougadougou (FESPACO), creating awareness about black independent cinema around the world.
Africa Unite! (2008), 89min
Directed by Stephanie Black
To commemorate Bob Marley’s 60th birthday, his family travels to Ethiopia for a concert attended by people from around the world, with appearances by Danny Glover, Angélique Kidjo, and Princess Mary, granddaughter of Emperor Haile Selassie.
Sunday, April 27
Colored Frames with Take Your Bags (63min total)
Colored Frames (2007), 53min
Directed by Nonso Christian Ugbode
This beautiful testament to the contemporary African American art scene features interviews with top artists Benny Andrews, Ed Clark, Howardina Pindell, and Nanette Carter to reveal what it’s like from the inside.
Take Your Bags (1998) 10min
Directed by Camille Billops
A film “about the stolen memories of African slaves” (The New York Times).
All Dance, All The Time 73min
Films looking at African American dance:
Beyond the Steps: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2008), 54min
Directed by Phil Bertlesen
This film chronicles Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, their work with hip hop pioneer Rennie Harris, and the creation of their landmark facility in New York.
[Related BAM programming: The Joyce Theater presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at BAM, June 3–8. See Spring Season on BAM.org for more information.]
Didn’t We Ramble On? (1991), 14min
Directed by Billy Jackson
This classic short narrated by Dizzy Gillespie shows how the soul of the West African people has been passed along through the black marching band.
Sun Moon Child (2007), 5min
Directed by Pierre Bennu
A tribute to black dance, set to a music by Imani Uzuri.
Blacks without Borders with 10 Days in Africa (96min total)
Blacks without Borders: Chasing the American Dream on Foreign Soil (2007), 56min, World premiere
Directed by Stafford and Judy Bailey
Twelve modern day globetrotters have uprooted their lives in pursuit of their dreams and are finding that
America is not the only land of opportunity.
10 Days in Africa (2002), 40min
Directed by Regi Allen
African-American filmmaker Regi Allen journeys to Ghana, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire to explore myths about black identity.
Dressed Like Kings with Road to Ingwavuma (ing-wah-woom-ah), 86min total
Dressed Like Kings (2008), 50min
Directed by Stacey Holman
A look at the exuberant pageantry of South African township men as they compete in “best dressed” pageants. This uplifting occasion reveals yet another layer of South Africa’s rich and varied culture.
Road to Ingwavuma (ing-wah-woom-ah) (2008), 36min, Sneak preview
Directed by Barbara Rick
An extraordinary journey to South Africa by a delegation of artists including Carlos Santana, Samuel L. Jackson, and CCH Pounder, who appear alongside Nelson Mandela and other giants in South Africa’s fight for freedom.
Leadership support for BAMcinÈmatek is provided by The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust.
BAM Rose Cinemas are named in recognition of a major gift in honor of Jonathan F.P. and Diana Calthorpe Rose. BAM Rose Cinemas would also like to acknowledge the generous support of The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, The Estate of Richard B. Fisher, Jim & Mary Ottaway, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Time Warner Inc., and Trollb‰ck & Company. Additional support for BAMcinÈmatek is provided by The Cultural Heritage Preservation Fund, The Grodzins Fund, and The Liman Foundation.
BAMcinÈmatek would like to offer special thanks to Michelle Materre and Neyda Martinez.
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