august, 2016

30aug6:30 pm9:00 pmBrown CINEMA Café: Selections from the America Now! Film ProgramBrown CINEMA Café showcases work created by and about communities of color


Event Details

America Now! Film Programme

Tru Ruts and Intermedia Arts present
Brown CINEMA Café
In Partnership with IFP Minnesota
Curated by E.G. Bailey and Shá Cage

In partnership with Tru Ruts and IFP Minnesota, Brown CINEMA Café showcases work created by and about communities of color. Check back often for updates on upcoming screenings, dialogues, and more!

Selections from the America Now! Film Programme
August 30, 2016 | Tuesday | Free!
6:30PM | Music Mixer + Snacks
7PM | Film Screening

August’s Brown CINEMA Café features selections from theAmerica Now! Film Programme which premiered at the Tampere Film Festival (Finland). America Now! examines questions on the current face of America and the response of citizens, artists, and filmmakers while mobilizing a responsive dialogue through original and innovative works by today’s cutting edge independent media makers. Join us starting at 6:30PM for a snacks and music by DJ Chamun.

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by Valerie Schenkman Sanjines
Joel (26), an up and coming Latino immigration officer, moves to a small Hispanic town to pursue his career. After the first day of training, Joel realizes that his job is in direct conflict with his personal identity. Joel must decide how to serve his country while honoring his culture.

The Lovers
by Johnny Vong
While on vacation in Los Angeles, the lives of a young Canadian couple are torn apart by an unspeakable act of violence.

An award winning film by Zak Cederholm and The Poet Azeem
With a foundation of raw emotional truth, and visual art, balanced on the thin line between fact and fiction, POSTERA is a poetic mosaic of past, present, and future, crafting a journey into the mystic mind of ‘The Misfit King,’ The Poet Azeem.



Women’s Work
Short films about and by Women
December 15, 2016 | Thursday | Free!
6:30PM | Music Mixer + Snacks
7PM | Film Screening

December’s Brown CINEMA Café will feature a series of short films created by and about women. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the full line up! Please RSVP here.


The America Now! special program culls together a series of screenings from an international call to filmmakers that are speaking to the American condition. America is at the nexus of police brutality, the rise of a new civil rights movement in the protests of Black Lives Matter, deep divisions on the issue of immigration, gun control, terrorism and more, all in a charged election cycle. Covering a range of subjects and genres, the films speak to these issues using innovative techniques, subversive methodologies and direct commentary.

At a time when a struggle for survival has consumed most households, there is an emergence of nationwide activism and a demand for accountability. Critics have been stunned that these movements are not dying out but gaining momentum in a growing climate of unrest in America. Curated by Tampere Film Festival together with filmmakers and theatre artists, E.G. Bailey and Sha Cage, who navigate through various community-based, socio-economic and political systems, this program speaks to this unrest and highlights stories that are urgent, poetic and passionate, echoing the divergent voices of where America stands and where it is going.

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The Poet Azeem is a self-educated song writer, poet, and playwright who began his career as a spoken word artist in the 1990’s. Featured in the PBS special – United States of Poetry, and once ranked 2nd Best Slam Poet in the nation, Azeem went on to release 6 critically acclaimed Hip Hop albums, named Best Rapper in the Bay Area 2004, and has toured in 25 different countries with his work. His solo theater piece titled RUDE won 2nd place for best solo theater performance in NYC’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival. “Onstage he’s a powerful force, an expert at working a crowd, and a source of inspiration for his audience.” -Better Propaganda



Zak Cedarholm is a Film Director, Photographer, & Editor honoring the individual voice through the investigation and revelation of his subject’s personality, consciousness, philosophy, and work in order to communicate a universal narrative of the human experience.

Valerie Schenkman Sanjines is a Chilean American artist, who pursues storytelling through narrative filmmaking, documentary, and the visual arts. She has worked internationally as a multimedia journalist in places like Afghanistan, Palestine and Haiti. She is now pursuing an MFA in narrative film direction and screenwriting at Columbia University.



Johnny Vong is a Canadian filmmaker and photographer currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate in the Film and Television production program at the University of Southern California – School of Cinematic Arts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Integrated Media from OCAD University (Toronto).  Johnny was formerly the Digital Producer at Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and the School of Performing Arts at George Brown College. Prior to this, he was the New Media Marketing Coordinator at The National Ballet of Canada.


Tru Ruts is an artistic organization based in Minneapolis with a history of high caliber artistic work ranging from films to theatre performances, a record label to workshops and residencies. Tru Ruts projects include Freestyle Theatre, Foto Libre, Speakeasy Records and others.


IFP Minnesota’s mission is to advance a vibrant and diverse community of independent film and media artists through networking, education, funding, and opportunities for showcasing their work. IFP MN envisions a world where expression through images is encouraged and valued. It is the goal of IFP MN to lead the way in supporting the independent filmmaker by creating a healthy and viable filmmaking community in Minnesota.

Brown CINEMA Café Launch Party Films:
Best When Sung From The Gutter: The World’s First Motion Picture Ballad
by Toussaint Morrison, Jon Steinhorst, and Ryan S. Johnson
A preview of a cycle of spoken word films created/developed by MN spoken word and hip hop artist Toussaint Morrison.

Directed by Jennifer Reeder
A fictional portrait of a group of Muslim teen girls who take over a skate park in the middle of the night. This group of skaters strap helmets over hijabs and form an all-female force field on the half pipe. There at night, with no boys around, they are thriving and visible.
USA | 2016 | English | 15 min

A Film by D.A. Bullock
North Minneapolis – The day after peaceful protests were traumatized by terrorist violence, white supremacists shooting and injuring 5 residents.
USA | 2015 | English | 5 min

SOKO SONKO (The Market King)
Written & Directed by Ekwa Msangi
When her mother falls sick, Kibibi’s father, Ed, is tasked with taking her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish‐out‐of‐water roller‐coaster of a journey, about a well‐intended dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before…because only women have been there!
USA, KENYA І 2014 І Comedy І In Kiswahili, Sheng & English with English subtitles І 20 min

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota


(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Intermedia Arts

2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408