Powerhouse Line-Up at 15th Reel Sisters Film Festival
-- Michelle Materre and Winsome Sinclair, "Soul Food Junkies" Brooklyn Premiere, Sam Pollard Editing Workshop, Blackside Tribute, Industry Chat & More --
Brooklyn, NY (October 3, 2012) -- The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival celebrates 15 years on October 13th and 14th with films by women of color from across the world. The best film bargain in NYC offers an awards ceremony, a professional workshop, a panel and the Brooklyn premiere of Soul Food Junkies.
This year's honorees are pioneering film distributor/curator Michelle Materre, founder of Creatively Speaking, actor/producer couple Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid, founders of New Millennium Studios and veteran casting director Winsome Sinclair, founder of Winsome Sinclair and Associates and co-founder of Legacy Media Group. Terrie M. Williams, founder of the Terrie Williams Agency, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the awards ceremony and singer Imani Uzuri will perform.
The venue is the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, LIU Brooklyn campus, at Flatbush and Dekalb Aves. For schedule, descriptions and workshop registration, visit www.reelsisters.org / www.kumbletheater.org or call 718-488-1624 / 347-534-3304.
To cite just a few of the films screening this year, narratives include: Salay, in which a young woman desperate for an education may have to leave her father and village in Sierra Leone; White Sugar in a Black Pot, about a mother forced to make a difficult decision and The Last First Kiss, a romantic comedy about a woman who flirts with a man in the park on the eve of her wedding day. Among the docs are: The First Lady of Little Rock: Daisy Bates, about the controversial Black Civil Rights activist and feminist www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VKuXdaRtRk; Hubble Diverse Universe, profiling six Black and three Hispanic American astronomers and astrophysicists; The Cut, following a teen about to endure a rite of female circumcision in Kenya and a young woman raising her voice in protest, and Why Do You Have Black Dolls?, which introduces a community of little-known Black-doll enthusiasts and the significance of these cultural artifacts. (See the trailer at www.vimeo.com/44844071.)
Reel Sisters proudly presents a tribute to Blackside Inc., producers of Eyes on the Prize, Malcolm X: Make It Plain, I'll Make Me a World and other powerhouse documentaries. A panel discussion featuring company veterans will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning producer and Columbia University professor June Cross.
This year's Festival also offers two incredible professional opportunities: One is a master editing workshop for emerging filmmakers with Peabody Award-winning editor and Blackside producer Sam Pollard, (When the Levees Broke, Four Little Girls, Slavery By Any Other Name, Jungle Fever and Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads). It's on Sunday, Oct 14th, 1-3pm, with registration at an affordable $35.
Every once in a while, Reel Sisters welcomes an important film not made by a woman of color. This year the Festival proudly presents Byron Hurt's award-winning PBS documentary, Soul Food Junkies. Terrance McKnight, WQXR radio host, and Daphne Maxwell Reid will conduct a Q&A with Hurt following the screening on Oct. 13. In this film, Hurt, baffled by his dad's unwillingness to change his traditional soul-food diet in the face of a health crisis, sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to Black cultural identity. He discovers that the love affair his dad and his community have with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. (See www.vimeo.com/37075801.)
There's something for everyone at this year's Reel Sisters Film Festival and the price can't be beat: A two-day pass is only $25, a one day pass, $15 and a section pass is $7. These rock-bottom rates are reduced even further for seniors, students and groups. Purchase tickets at the website(s) or by phone at one of the numbers above. Reel Sisters looks forward to celebrating 15 years with film lovers from across the tri-state area.
A Brooklyn-based film festival founded by African Voices magazine and LIU Brooklyn Campus, Reel Sisters is dedicated to supporting women of color filmmakers. The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival is supported, in part, by Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th C.D., Councilmember Jumaane Williams, the New York City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn ALOFT, Akila Worksongs, WNYC Radio, Act Now Foundation, Rooftop Films and Brooklyn Arts Council.
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