september, 2016

09sep(sep 9)1:00 am25(sep 25)1:00 amSankofa Film FestivalA powerful festival celebrating films and filmmakers of the African Diaspora

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Sankofa Film Festival is the first African film festival in Minnesota

TRU RUTS presents SANKOFA FILM FESTIVAL
in partnership with Intermedia Arts, MSP Film Society,
Walker Art Center, IFP MN and Capri Theater
Minnesota’s First African Film Festival,
featuring films from the African Diaspora

MINNEAPOLIS – The Sankofa Film Festival, featuring films from the African Diaspora, was founded to showcase the ever evolving vision of African cinema, and to address the under-representation of films and filmmakers of African descent. It will feature films that showcase narratives of the divergent and dynamic stories of Black life in the US and internationally. It takes place in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area which is home to not only a vibrant African American community but also one of the largest African communities in the country, with residents from Liberia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya and others.

The festival will take place over the weekends of September 16 – 25 and partners with several organizations including Intermedia Arts, IFP North, Walker Art Center, MSP Film Society and community organizations. It will feature Haile Gerima’sSankofa on the festival Opening Night, in addition to the African remake of Prince’s Purple Rain, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai. It will also feature additional films that showcase narratives of the divergent and dynamic stories of Black life in the U.S. and internationally. It will also feature awards, including a Festival Prize, an Audience Award, and more. The jury will feature local and national filmmakers and creatives. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of DeJunius Hughes, founder of the Twin Cities International Black Film Festival. Look below for the listing of screenings locations and times.

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The Sankofa Film Festival, founded  by E.G. Bailey and Sha Cage, is dedicated to fostering a diverse cinematic experience for and about people of African descent, and will showcase narratives of the divergent and dynamic stories of Black life in the US and internationally. It will feature premiere films, panels, Q&As, speaker series, workshops, film awards along with networking events. We aim to bring audiences compelling and unique content that inspire viewers and honors filmmakers. We also look to work with local schools, colleges to engage them in the story of African cinema, and expose them to work that will widen their vision. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of DeJunius Hughes, founder of the Twin Cities International Black Film Festival.

Sankofa Film Festival is part of Intermedia Arts’ 2016–17 Catalyst Series, which will premiere new and re-mixed work and collaborations, from Eric Avery’s site-specific, participatory theater to a new movement collaboration by Marcus Young and Ananya Chatterjea to Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto’s mix of Butoh and Hip Hop. The season ranges from weekend-long presentations at Intermedia’s Lyn-Lake theater to exciting one-day radical experiments in the gallery and outside the building. The Catalyst Series is a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work by vanguard artists from the Twin Cities and across the country. Through performing, media and visual arts, the Catalyst Series sparks lasting dialogue in provocative and visionary ways and offers a pathway for traditionally underrepresented artists.

“This season is intriguing because of the particular way the artists are approaching the creation of work for their different communities,” says Catalyst Series curator Shá Cage. “They are changemakers who are invested in art-making concepts that are innovative as well as visceral tools to connect people. We look forward to seeing how they will turn Intermedia ‘inside out.’”

The Sankofa Film Festival is presented by Tru Ruts, in partnership with Intermedia Arts, MSP Film Society, Walker Art Center, IFP MN and Capri Theater. More information and up-to-date festival schedule can be at:http://intermediaarts.org/Sankofa-Film-Festival

An effort like this cannot be realized without community support. Because it is our inaugural season and we are producing this without grants or funding, we need the support of the community. Please contribute to the Sankofa Film Festival so that we can continue bring dynamic and compelling films from the African diaspora: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sankofa-film-festival#/
September 16th
OPENING NIGHT
SANKOFA
directed by Haile Gerima
Walker Cinema
Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennipen Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
7:30pm
Price: $9 ($7 Walker members, students, and seniors)Post screening Q&A with filmmaker Haile Gerima, Craig Rice, Robin Hickman and E.G. Bailey.

“Haile Gerima’s poetic and precisely detailed film takes its audience into its heroine’s life and mind as her moral sense is challenged and changed. No viewer can avoid the discomforting questions the film so eloquently raises.” – NY Times

“One of the film’s most revolutionary contributions is Gerima’s portrayal of enslaved people, not slaves. They are people struggling with love, loss, denial, and guilt. He takes them out of the one-dimensional, passive, “victim” role, and embodies them with complications that manifest in active resistance, personal conflict, and compelling stories.” – IndieWire

In Sankofa, an Black fashion model is transported back in time to a plantation, where she witnesses and experiences the brutality of slavery. Through the ordeal she learns the value of reclaiming ones roots. Part of the L.A. Rebellion film movement, the film gives attention to gender issues, inter-slave relations, cultural conflicts, and Christianity. Gerima succeeds in documenting the oppression of slavery from the vantage point of the slaves, but also balances the realistic portrayal of oppression with a correspondingly realistic portrayal of slave resistance. Sankofa made a profound impact not only nationally and internationally but also here in the Twin Cities, inspiring a number of filmmakers. The screening will feature a new 35mm print of the film. 1993, 35mm, 124 minutes.

Sankofa is copresented by Tru Ruts and the Walker Art Center for the Opening Night of the Sankofa Film Festival, the first African film festival in Minnesota.

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September 17th
AKOUNAK TEDALAT TAHA TAZOUGHAI
(English: Rain the Color of Blue with a little Red in it)

directed by Christopher Kirkley, in collaboration with Mdou Moctar and Jerome Fino
The Film Society’s Screen Three at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414
4:00pm
General Admission: $9 | Student/Senior: $7 | Film Society Members: $5

Post screening Q&A.

“I’ve never seen a movie like Akounak. It’s a revelation.” – Marc Campbell, Dangerous Mind

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (English: “Rain the Color of Blue with a little Red in it”), an African remake of the cult classic Purple Rain. tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it “against all odds,” set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, and endure the trials of love – all while coming to terms with one of the biggest barriers: himself. It’s been called ‘cinematic magic’. Come celebrate the spirit and influence of Minneapolis genius Prince. 2015, DCP, 75 minutes.

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September 22nd
THE WEDDING RING
Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406
7:00pm
Price: $7

One of our feature selections, and the U.S. premiere of Niger director Rahmatou Keita’s The Wedding Ring, which tells the story of Tiyaa, a student and member of a pretigious aristocratic family, who is back home for the Winter holidays in the Niger Republic. As planned, she is expecting the young man she met in the university she is studying, in France, to make a formal proposal of marriage. He too comes from a prestigious family, not far from Damagaran and her parents cannot reject such an eligible fiancé. Tiyaa is overwhelmed. While expecting him, she has time to inform her friends of this secret Parisian love. Life is pleasant and peaceful but time passes and the handsome suitor is slow to come. Tiyaa has the opportunity to discover in her surroundings other women whose love stories, marriage, desertion or divorce tell of the relationship between men and women in the Sahelian society. 96:00 min | Niger | Narrative

September 23rd
SANKOFA SHORTS
Capri, 2027 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411
7:00pm
Price: Free, donations accepted

A spotlight of short films from the Sankofa Film Festival.

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#Justice4Jamar
directed by D.A. Bullock

North Minneapolis – The day after peaceful protests were traumatized by terrorist violence, white supremacists shooting and injuring of 5 residents. 4:53 min | 2015 | US | Documentary

D.A. Bullock is an award-winning filmmaker and social practice artist in the field of story-based activism. Bullock is a McKnight IFP Media Artist Fellow (2014), a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant recipient (2015), and an Intermedia Arts/City of Minneapolis Creative Citymaking Artist (2016). His cinematography work can be seen currently in the ARRAY Releasing documentary film Vanishing Pearls, available on Netflix.

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Castillo y el Armado
directed by Pedro Harres

Castillo is a young dockworker who lives on the coast between Brazil and Uruguay. On a windy night, he faces his own brutality on the line of the fishhook. 13:46 min | 2014 | Brazil/Uruguay |Animation

“The film is the outcome of the wish to bring Ruben Castillo’s intense memories and graphic style onto the screen. It embraces the concept of borders at its core, both geografically and existencially. The story takes place somewhere between Brazil and Uruguay. A border dialect called “portuñol” is used on the dialogues. The film intends to explore a limit condition where we cannot be sure if it is our animal side or human conscience who is really in control.” – Pedro Harres

Pedro Harres is a Brazillian director, scriptwriter and installation artist. Born in the city of Porto Alegre in 1984, he is graduated in Cinema at UNISINOS and Philosophy at UFRGS. He worked in key positions on several projects including features in animation studios and has been to international scriptwriting and shortfilms workshops such as BrLab and Generation Campus Moscow. Um Animal Menor, his first short, has won many prizes nationwide. EgoMachine, his interactive video installation has been in museums and public places of Brazil. Castillo y el Armado is his first work as a writer/director for animation, with world premiere in the 71st Venice Film Festival – Orizzonti Competition, Best Short in FICG30 Guadalajara and many other prizes.

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Dirt
directed by Darius Clark Monroe

Some things must die to live. 7:00 min | 2016 | US | Narrative

Houston native, Darius Clark Monroe is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, he recently completed his autobiographical feature documentary, Evolution of a Criminal.

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Greenlight
directed by Jonathan Jackson

An actor’s conversation with his agent about the lack of diversity in Hollywood South, figuring out that the solution is to take charge of their own destiny. 5:20 min | 2015 | US | Narrative

Jonathan Isaac Jackson is the Creative Director and a Media Consultant at The American New Wave Media Group. The American New Wave Media Group is a Creative Agency and Media Consulting Firm based in New Orleans, founded in October 2004, specializing in creating cool concepts and advertisements for local New Orleans businesses. As a photographer, he has snapped pictures of locations like Eifel Society, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Foburg Film Fest, Damion Yancy, and the best NOLA has to offer. Jonathan is now the film festival director of the foburg.film Festival, where he is passionate at working on his main goal: to create an independent film community that will thrive on its own and rival Paris in the 1960’s, the height of the French New Wave. Along with producer Christopher Brown, Jonathan Executive Produced 2008’s The 48 Hour Film Project: New Orleans. Also in 2008, Jonathan became a producer for the independent film program Timecode:NOLA. Besides directing music videos, Jonathan is now working on bringing to life his screenplay “Conversations With The Devil” which has been optioned to URC Media Studios.

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Kelly and Jason
directed by Bidemi Akanbi

Jason is ready to take the relationship to the next level but Kelly has other things on her mind. 7:00 min | 2015 | US | Narrative

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Love Seat
directed by Victorious DeCosta

A willful woman and an awkward man spend months tugging at each other’s comfort zone.  A silent film accompanied by soul, Love Seat follows the relationship between a man, a woman…and a couch. 4:17 min | 2016 | US | Experimental/Narrative

A first generation New Yorker born of South and Central American parentage, Victorious DeCosta has dedicated his life to providing social service locally, nationally, and abroad.  A former DJ and radio host, his life-long love for the arts, writing and music has taken him around the world from his native East Flatbush to South America, Eurasia & Africa where he learned different cultures as well as techniques to reach people in need. Victorious continues to dedicate his stewardship to the community through film with an overarching vision to be a ‘Catcher In The Rye’.

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The Mermaid
directed by Sara Werner

A moving drama about a young woman, her schizophrenic brother, and his pet goldfish — and one fateful afternoon that changes all their lives forever. 13.31 min | US | Narrative

Recently named a 2015 Sundance Institute Screenwriting Fellow, Italome Ohikhuare is an aspiring writer, filmmaker and actress. She graduated with a BA in English from Columbia University in New York City, where she wrote and starred in several theater productions. She spent a few years working in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and script analyst before moving to Miami for graduate school. She recently received her MFA in Film Production from the University of Miami. “The Mermaid” was her first film which she wrote, produced and starred in, and will soon turn into a feature film! www.Italome.comwww.vimeo.com/italome

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On Time
directed by Xavier Burgin

Renee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she’s late for her job interview. 8:16min | 2016 | US | Narrative

Xavier Burgin attended Jefferson County’s International Baccalaureate School where he anticipated a sedentary life before receiving a presidential scholarship to The University of Alabama in 2008. Four years later, he was accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for TV & Film Production. There, Xavier began to nurture his creative process, discovering a love for writing and directing. His filmography has been accepted in The American Black Film Festival HBO Short Film Competition, SAG-AFTRA Short Film Showcase, Raindance Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, Indie Night Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival, and Burbank International Film Festival. He was a finalist in both the UCFTI Expo Stage 32 film competition and won 1st place at The International 3D Society’s film competition. Xavier directed, Olde E, a 546 Advanced Narrative film at USC’s School School of Cinematic Arts which received the Charles and Lucille King Best of Student Media Award and was a semi-finalist for the 43rd Student Academy Awards. He has worked with Bazelevs (Wanted, Unfriended), Blavity, Riveting Entertainment, Google, Lenovo, Coca-Cola, The Distinguished Filmmakers’ Network, and Oscar Mayer as a director, writer, cinematographer, and/or writer. Xavier is also part of the National Lampoon Lemmings Improv group. Xavier strives to bring an emotionally, powerful aesthetic through drama, and a pleasantly gut-aching, hilarity through comedy. Above all else, he currently works towards building an artistic resume highlighting his unique, and progressive sensibilities.

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Power
directed by Jared Aja

Power is a visual tribute to the fighters for civil rights and solidarity through Southern Hip-Hop. 2:58 min | 2015 | US | Music Video

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Stabilia
directed by Mariama Slåttøy and Sveinung Gjessing

A massive circular chamber, constructed of steel and heavy concrete. Play of light is created on the wall by an opening in the roof. A woman is laying motionless with her eyes closed on the rough surface, demarcated from the outside world in the rusty room with no exits. She seems small and fragile, but then she opens her eyes. 4:23 min | 2016 | Norway | Experimental

Mariama Slåttøy is a professional dancer from Norway. She experiments with movement and space on moving images in collaboration with architect Sveinung Gjessing.

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Stop
directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green

A young man’s livelihood is put to the test when he gets stopped by the police on his way home from practice. 9:05 min | 2015 | US | Narrative

New York native Reinaldo Marcus Green is a writer, director, and producer. In May, he graduated NYU Tisch Graduate Film School and he’s currently writing his first feature narrative, Monsters and Men. Most recently, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film (2015). His latest short film ‘Stop’, which he wrote, produced, and directed, premiered as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015 His previous short film, ‘Stone Cars’, shot on a micro-budget in South Africa, had its international premier as an official Cinéfondation selection at the Festival de Cannes 2014. Rei most recently directed an eight-episode series for The Players’ Tribune.

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Wade
directed by Jardley Jean-Louis

The mundanity and gravity of time and its effects on the mind of a young man facing a moment that threatens his dreams of stability, betterment and happiness for himself and his mother. 6:45 min | 2015 | US | Experimental

Jardley Jean-Louis is an artist, animator and filmmaker from Queens, NYC. She is a 2015 Brooklyn College graduate with a B.A in Film Production. “Wade” was her thesis film and her first short film.

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Wake Up
Directed by Brian Few Jr and Destiny Roberts

“Wake Up” is a call to action, reminding black males that they are Kings and should be aware of the circumstances placed against them. Produced, co-directed and edited by St. Paul recording artist, Destiny Roberts, and director, Brian Few Jr. 3:44min | 2016 | US | Music Video

“The true art of story is the fabrication of real emotion.” – BFew

Striking fear in the hearts of viewers in videos like Ghost and History to the unexpected twist and comical reliefs of Next Fridayand Everybody Loves Chocolate D, director Brian Few Jr, is a fresh new voice to the scene with a lot to prove.

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Zugar Zombie
directed by Alexander Quezada

Zugar Zombie tells a story that from irony portrays a reflection of how things work in a small Latin American society. 15:46 min | 2014 | Columbia | Narrative

“Zugar Zombie tells a story that from irony portrays a reflection of how things work in a small Latin American society.” – Alexander Quezada

Alexander Quezada is a social communicator and since 2003 has been working in recognized public television programs in his country. At the same time he has served as an Assistant Director and Director in advertising. In 2011 he founded Quevil Films, a production company with which he is developing projects.

September 24th
DIASPORA CALLING
Parkway Theater, 4817 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

11:30am
$7

A program of short films from across the Diaspora.

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Four Doors
directed by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina

Accessing Internet is very difficult in Cuba. Only a privileged minority has email accounts or access to a limited number of websites. Ernesto is about to be one of the privileged ones. As part of a filmmaking challenge, this short was entirely made in 24 hours, from the first letter of the screenplay to the final cut. However, due to Cuba’s extremely slow connectivity, uploading it to the Internet took longer than it did to make the film. 6:49 min | 2016 | Cuba | Narrative

Juan Pablo Daranas Molina is a Cuban filmmaker based in New York City and known for his multi-awarded short films. He graduated as a film/video director from the University of Arts and continued his studies at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles and New York campuses). He has worked as a director, producer, writer, cinematographer and/or editor for several production companies, comprising web content, publicity, music videos, visual arts registrations, commissioned documentaries and his own films, which have been screened in more than forty countries. In 2014, his short films Yunaisy and The Premiere (co-writer and editor) received worldwide critical acclaim and were programmed by more than 40 international film festivals. He was also selected to participate in Talents Guadalajara and invited to show his work at Yale University. In 2015, he directed a series of films for Galleria Continua (in collaboration with Louis Vuitton) featuring top international artists like Daniel Buren, Nikhil Chopra, Carlos Garaicoa, Shilpa Gupta, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Kosuth, Gabriel Orozco, Michelangelo Pistoletto, etc. His medium-length film Twilight had its world premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. It was awarded Best Short Film at the New Jersey Film Festival and Best of Fest at the Martinique International Film Festival, among several other distinctions. Since 2015, Daranas is based in New York City, where he has made several commission films, including The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Annual Gala Video.

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The Good Son
directed by Tominson Adepeju

A young Nigerian man is forced to address a secret he has harboured from his parents during a traditional, family gathering.13:43 min | 2014 | UK | Narrative

Tomisin Adepeju is a Nigerian/British Filmmaker based in London, England. He was raised in Nigeria but moved to London with his family when he was 12, he developed an interest in film from an early age, consuming the varied works of Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Cameron Crowe, Paul Thomas Anderson, amongst many others. He has just completed a Masters in Directing at Met Film School, Ealing Studios, some of the films he made during his time there have gone to play and win awards at several International film festivals. He is currently developing his first feature film.

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The Grief of a Mother
directed by Henri Schonfelder

The grieving one of several mothers who had their children killed by military police in 2006 in Brazil ‘s peripheries. Period which led the movement Mothers May. 11:57 min | 2016 | Brazil | Experimental

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Joy
directed by Solomon Onita Jr.

A Nigerian woman living in America, struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year-old daughter. 15:00 min | 2015 | US | Narrative

Solomon Onita Jr. is regarded as a young and up incoming Writer, Director, Editor, and Production Designer. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Arlington Solomon produced two-thesis short films that played in several film festivals around the country. His recent film project Find Your Instrument has won several awards including Best Director at Film Outside The Frame. Solomon has acted as a producer and production designer on several short films and media projects. He recently directed a 15-minute short film entitled Joy about a Nigerian woman living in America, who struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year-old daughter. Currently Solomon is a third year graduate student at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film Television program. At the age of 24 Solomon plans to finish his education and is currently in development for his first feature film.

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Khayalami (My Home)
directed by Denise Khumalo

A story about an African woman’s struggle to keep her traditions and customs alive while living in an increasingly Western world. 14:40 min | 2015 | Zimbabwe | Documentary

“Khayalami is a documentation of my life’s journey thus far. It will show my desire as an African woman to make my mark in the world. The global media today has a misconstrued perception of Africa and I want to erase the false stereotypes that permeate foreign countries. Western influence on African culture has become an extremely controversial issue that needs to be addressed. My inspiration for making “Khayalami” is the desire to educate foreign countries about Zimbabwean traditions and culture. Being born and raised in Zimbabwe, I was exposed to a tremendously rich and diverse culture. I want the audience to experience my country through my eyes. By interviewing people of different backgrounds and ages I will give the audience a deeper insight on various life experiences in Zimbabwe.” – Denise Khumalo

Denise Khumalo is pursuing her Masters in Filmmaking in Los Angeles, California at the New York Film Academy.

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Lurna
directed by Nani Matos

Lurna is a young African woman who dreams about having a better life. One day she sets off with the hope and expectation of fulfilling her dream. What Lurna doesn’t know is that she will soon wish to go back. 15:00 min | 2016 | Spain | Narrative

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Philoctetes – An Outsider’s Myth
directed by Katrin Kalketenidis

The Sophocles tragedy of abandonment and betrayal reenvisioned through the story of an African asylum seeker in Athens, Greece. Set amid Europe’s migrant crisis, Philoctetes explores his ‘homeless home’, pondering along the way the characteristics and origin of the elusive Greek national identity he is denied. Will his value ultimately be recognized? 15:30 min | 2016 | Greece | Documentary/Experimental

Katrin Kalketenidis is an independent documentary photographer & filmmaker specializing in combining sociological research with visual documentary forms. Her work explores the contradictions between the ideologies societies hold and the way people behave, whilst questioning the routines taken for granted in different spheres of daily life. Born in New York City, Katrin moved to London in 2009 to pursue a (BA) Media and Sociology degree at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since graduating, Katrin has engaged in a number of sociological projects spanning topics such as youth violence, immigration, and identity. Her photography has included working under the Sucre municipality in Caracas, Venezuela, where she conducted an intensive qualitative research project to pinpoint foundational social and cultural structures facilitating criminal behavior within the slums of Petare, one of the largest and most violent districts in South America. Other work has involved studying processes of gentrification, displacement and local understandings of violence, through photographing and interviewing locals within Peckham, London, U.K. Her films include Bailando Con Los Mosquitos (Winner: Audience Choice Award, Back Alley Film Festival 2014, Vancouver, Canada), a documentary short depicting the antiquity of revolutionary fervor in Havana, Cuba, alongside the apolitical stance of many post ‘Special Period’ locals – distrustful of political idealism – as they face the daily grind of living in an economically collapsed country. Her second film, Philoctetes – An Outsider’s Myth (2015), is the culmination of over a year of research, and explores the daily life of illegal immigrants in Athens, Greece, through the prism of the classic Greek tragedy ‘Philoctetes’.

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Silence
directed by Fiona Compton

Silence is a film made in conjunction with Not Asking For it – a campaign aimed at stopping abuse against women. Touching on the knock on effect of child abuse into adulthood, ‘Silence’ is an emotional insight into abusive relationships. Written by spoken word poet Curmiah Lisette – this film was a collaboration with Not Asking For it founder Fiona Compton to provide a rarely seen perspective on abuse. 4:28 min | 2016 | UK | Spoken Word Film

Fiona Compton is a photographer/filmmaker from St.Lucia. Residing in London in March 2016 she launched the Not Asking For it Campaign – geared at bringing to light issues surrounding rape and abuse against women. Her film work has a strong focus on Caribbean culture and history – with short films encompassing the Caribbean diaspora in Metropolitan countries, as autism. In the past 7 months Fiona’s work has been received over 2 million views online.

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this is how I want to remember H.E.R.
directed by Kali Baker-Johnson

A young black boy is given a different kind of education when his cousin from the inner city moves in with his suburban family.26:32 min | 2016 | US | Narrative

After spending years working in media education, digital content and broadcast journalism on the East Coast, Kali Baker-Johnson decided to move to Los Angeles and delve head first into movie-making as a Directing Fellow at Chapman University, where he was selected as an O.L. Halsell Scholar which allowed him to collaborate with Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman. His award-winning short films have screened at film festivals at home and abroad, been exhibited in programs for domestic abuse education and centers for at risk youth, and even premiered in Times Square in New York City. Currently he is working on a pair of screenplays and finishing up post-production on his first feature-length documentary.

September 24th
FOR THE FAM
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
2:00pm
Sliding Scale; $5-25 per person

A program of short films for families and younger audiences.

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Goodnight, Princess
directed by Regina Partee

A father battles the monsters under his daughter’s bed. 4:47 min | 2014 | US | Narrative

Regina Partee is a graduate of Full Sail University with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film, and a graduate of The New York Film Academy director’s certificate program. Regina has written, produced and directed several short films, a documentary, musical stage plays and a sketch comedy television show that ran for two seasons on a local station in Atlanta. She has also written multiple short films, feature films and television shows for multiple independent production companies. Regina’s related work experience includes an internship at Rainforest Films as a script consultant, a script supervisor on a short film for Blank Stage Productions, and a screenwriting instructor for the Independent Black Film Festival in Atlanta. Some of Regina’s accomplishments are: honorable mention, Short Film Showcase 2013 for Women in Film Atlanta; Quarter-finalist, Creative Screenwriting Cyberspace Open Competition in 2009; Full Sail Course Director Award in Editing for Film, Games and Animation for Outstanding Script Coverage; Full Sail Course Director Award in Creative Writing Portfolio II for Outstanding Writing; and graduated with a 4.0 from Full Sail University. Regina is a member of Women in Film and Television Atlanta and Women in Film and Television International.

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Hoop Dreamin’
directed by Nick Brooks

An 8-year-old Tariq Edwards has recently been let out of school for the summer and all he wants to do is play basketball!! Unfortunately, Tariq and his friends realize they’ll never get to play at the neighborhood courts so they move on to other things. Tariq, still stuck on playing ball, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he spots a basketball hoop for sale, but he doesn’t have enough money to purchase it. Tariq has to make a tough decision, to work for his hoop or enjoy his summer with his friends. Will his wildest dreams come true? 6:17 min | US | Narrative

“The film Hoop Dreamin’ was created for two very specific reasons. The first being to inspire young men of color around the world and show them that any dream can be achieved through sacrifice, hard work and purpose. The second reason this film was created was to provide an opportunity for young men in the community to exercise their creativity in a positive, productive way. The young men in this film all attend school in the South Oak Cliff feeder pattern of Dallas, TX which has been deemed the “worst” feeder pattern in all of Dallas, TX. Having these young men create this film promoted teamwork, incentivized good grades in school and most of all showed them that they are brilliant, talented individuals capable of all things. My goal was to expose these young men to something they’ve never experienced, broadening their minds and inspiring new passions.”
– Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks is an aspiring filmmaker born and raised in Washington, DC. Nick graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Education from George Mason University. While pursuing his Master’s, Nick taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Middle School in inner city of DC. Here is where he found his passion for serving his community and educating young minds. Merging his newfound passion with his love for creativity and art, Nick began writing film and created a children’s books series, The Adventures of Yani. As a filmmaker Nick strives to create powerful images that not only entertain, but inspire and educate.

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INA
directed by Muffy Levy

A daughter retells the story of her mother’s deteriorating health. 1:59 min | 2016 | Canada | Animation

Muffy Levy is a graduate of Sheridan’s animation program in 2016. Born and raised in Canada, a tiny artist filled with big dreams and lots of candy.

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Kojo
directed by Michael Fequiere

A short profile piece on child prodigy Jazz drummer Kojo Roney. 8:27 min | 2016 | US | Documentary

Michael Fequiere is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and photographer. His short films have screened in numerous festivals such as the L.E.S. Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. His photos have appeared on editorial websites such as Popcrush, Loudwire, The Boombox as well as in XXL magazine.

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Olodumare
directed by Daniel Olabode

A short avant-garde psychedelic piece about a woman trying to understand her mind. 3:40 min | 2016 | UK | Animation/Experimental

Daniel Olabode is recent graduate from the University of Hertfordshire who aspirations to direct and film make – with Olodumare being his first solo directed film.

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Òrun Àiyé – The creation of the world
directed by Jamile Coelho and Cintia Maria

Òrun Àiyé shows the trajectory of Oxalá (Carlinhos Brown) in its mission to create the world. 12:00 min | 2015 | Brazil | Animation

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Outlangish – Skateboarding Against Poverty
directed by Tim Drabandt

Outlangish is a South African social project that offers kids from disadvantaged areas in Cape Town an alternative to life on the streets through skateboarding. The sport of skating gives them the opportunity to learn a lot about themselves and their environment. It unifies young people and will keep them in positive spirits. 8:38 min | 2015 | South Africa | Documentary

Tim Drabandt is a freelancing director and cinematographer. He was born in Northern Germany in 1988. After finishing high school he worked in different design agencies and film productions, including ‘Sterntag Film’ in Hamburg and ‘AVA Studios’ in Berlin. In 2010 Tim started studying film and video at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany, and the CPUT Film School in Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated with Master of Arts in 2015. Since then he works as a freelance filmmaker for various film productions.

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Snack Time
directed by Claudia Mattos

If it wasn’t for the free lunch at the public school, the brothers Joalisson, Joedson and Jowilson would starve the entire day, because their single mother is unemployed and the family is in a big financial problem. But she doesn’t want the neighbors to know they have no food at home. Every afternoon she obliges the boys to stand at the front window pretending they’re having snack time. How long will this humbug go on? 14:48 min | 2015 | Brazil | Narrative

Claudia Mattos is an experienced newspaper journalist who changed careers to film business. “Porto da Pequena África” is her debut as feature film director. But she has experience in scriptwriting and production for TV and cinema. She also directed the making of her first fiction feature film as writer and producer, “180º”, as well as its theatrical trailer.  For “180º” she was awarded as a producer (best fiction film/audience choice/Gramado Film Festival 2010) and as a writer (best script/jury prize/Inffinito Film Festival Miami 2012 and Screenplay of the Year by the Brazilian Foreign Press Association 2012). The film was selected by over 10 film festivals around the world.  She has a solid academic background with an university PhD degree in Communication and Culture (Thesis: “A film by…”) and several published fiction and essay books.

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The Shoe Maker Pages
directed by Girum Ermiyas Gebreselassie

A Shoe Maker who has mended shoes for the last 47 years is trying to solve the problems of those who come for his service by looking deep into their shoes. The problems drive him to find a solution by trying to be elected for the House of Peoples Representative. 8:53 min | 2016 | Ethiopia | Narrative

“We are living in a hectic life…a life we seek changes everyday. New things…But look at Gulillat (the main character)..It will define patience and love, Hope and hopeless, Selfishness and caring for others…” – Girum Ermiyas

Girum Ermiyas is the most decorated Ethiopian film actor, He was born in 1978 in Addis Ababa.  He has been crowned seven times as best Ethiopian actor, and will be heading to Hollywood California for the 6th NAFCA in September 2016 as a winner of African Best Male Actor by People’s Choice award. He is married and father of two children. This is his first film he has written and directed.

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The Throne
directed by Jibril Mailafia

In Africa it is common place for leaders to want to clinch to power against laid down law, and also against the will of the People. The Throne is one of such tales. A story of a prince’s greed and desire to satisfy his thirst for power at the expense of his people. 14:44 min | 2014 | Nigeria | Animation/Experimental

Jibril Mailafia is a young Nigerian filmmaker. His specialty includes directing, editing and animation. He has a diploma certificate in theater arts (UNIVERSITY OF JOS) and a bachelor of Film Arts Degree (National Film Institute, Jos). He has won over 13 awards and numerous nominations from the short films and animations he has produced and directed. In 2013 his animation MISSION POSSIBLE was nominated in the Best animation category at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA 2013). In 2014 he won the best experimental film award at the Abuja international film festival (AIFF 2014). In 2015 he was listed among the 2014 Top 6 Most Achieved individuals under the age of 30 by www.speshworld.com. Also, his experimental animation “The Throne” won the most innovative program at the Mohammed Amin Africa Media Awards in Nairobi Kenya.

September 25th
FREEDOM MATTERS
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
12:00pm
Suggested Donation

This program will feature the documentary Wilmington on Fire, which chronicles the bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It will also include a collection of short films dealing with issues of freedom.

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The Movement
directed by Shawn Antoine II

The Movement is a documentary by Shawn Antoine II that discusses the Black Lives Matter Movement and the All Lives Matter Movement. On Black Friday, November 27th 2015, he recorded young activists supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement in the Lower Manhattan. During the protest, the activists garnered a lot of attention from supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement and some attention from those who opposed the Movement, supporting the All Lives Matter movement. This documentary’s purpose is to enlighten those who don’t know much about the Movement and the purpose of the movement from those who protested on Black Friday. 13:31 min | 2015 | US | Documentary

“I want to raise awarness through my films and documentaries to help break stereotypes about African Americans and one person at a time fixes the system because through unity anything is possible.” – Shawn Antoine II

Shawn Antoine II is a student athlete at the University of Rhode Island. He recently started film as a hobby and felt it would be great to do documentaries to educate people his age who don’t know about the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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Power
directed by Jared Aja

Power is a visual tribute to the fighters for civil rights and solidarity through Southern Hip-Hop. 2:58 min | 2015 | US | Music Video

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Two Cities
directed by Darius Clark Monroe

Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, he reflects what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston. 13:00 min | 2016 | US | Documentary

Houston native, Darius Clark Monroe is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He recently completed his autobiographical documentary Evolution of a Criminal and is currently prepping his first narrative feature, Year of Our Lord.

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Wilmington on Fire
directed by Christopher Everett

“Wilmington on Fire” chronicles the bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d’état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the springboard for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. 89:35 min | 2015 | US | Documentary

Christopher Everett is an actor, writer, director and producer from the state of North Carolina. He has experience in film, graphic design, marketing and advertising. He recently directed and produced his first feature-length documentary entitled “Wilmington on Fire” which is on the 1898 Wilmington Massacre in Wilmington, NC.

September 25th
LENS AFRIQUE
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
2:00pm
Sliding Scale; $5-25 per person

A program of short films from Africa.

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Cream
directed by Palesa Lebona

A 1960’s period piece set in Oakland California centered around a 12 year-old, dark-skinned girl who is torn between her own personal identity, and seeking the love and affection from her light-skinned grandmother. 14:56 min | 2016 | South Africa/US | Narrative

“Living in the digital world we are bombarded with images of what it means to be beautiful and accepted in society. This in some cultures is seen through the tone of one’s skin (i.e. being light or fairer skinned). It even translates across social class, where in some races the “fairer or lighter your skin is”, the more “worthy you are”. From feeling ugly to thinking that I wasn’t smart enough based on being classified as dark within the Black, South African Community as a child, I too have and continue to struggle with this inferiority complex myself as so do many others across the world from different races and cultures. Inspired by my own personal struggle as well as the story of my teacher’s grandfather who’s mother couldn’t accept him and truly show him love because of his dark skin, I decided to write the ‘CREAM’.” – Palesa Lebona

Palesa Lebona is a South African Director/Producer/Writer who aims to provoke thought and drive dialogue about human issues that are ignored and overlooked. With her degrees in B.Comm Marketing Management, B.Comm Honors Logistics Management and an MFA in Filmmaking (Honors), she aims to transform the landscape of Film and Media in Africa into one which not only tells the stories of its people but is also profitable.

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Get Some Money
directed by Biko Nyongesa

Get Some Money is a representation of the bibilical story of the betrayal of Jesus Christ. It seeks to put to light the plight of suicidal beings in an effort to advocate for world bodies, to increase awareness and speak against suicide. 7:00 min | 2015 | Kenya | Narrative

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Ireti
directed by Tope Oshin

IRETI (38), a despondent woman trapped in a solitary jail cell has given up on life and any meaning it holds, following the death of her 8 year old son. She sits day after day, hovering between being deathly still and intense wailing and mourning until she has a very unusual encounter within her jail cell and self. 11:03 min | 2015 | Nigeria | Narrative

Tope Oshin is a multiple award-winning motion picture professional with feet firmly rooted in both film and TV having extensive credits in both areas. Tope studied Theatre Arts, TV & Film Production from the Lagos State University, Nigeria, and then Filmmaking Techniques & Methodologies at Colorado Film School, USA, and is also an alumni of Berlinale Talents 2015, selected out of over 2,500 applications from filmmakers in 150 countries across the world. She directed 350 episodes of Africa’s biggest daily soap opera Tinsel and 96 episodes of popular African tele-novella Hotel Majestic. Other credits are multiple award winning shorts The Young Smoker, Till Death Do Us Part, New Horizons, the award-winning feature Journey To Self and recently completed her first documentary Amaka’s Kin.  Among her producing credits are 26 made-for-TV movies, talk shows, the soap opera – Tinsel (as Box/Content Producer) and 2015 BFI premiered theatrical feature Fifty directed by Biyi Bandele, amongst others. She has also cast several projects and notable among them are MTV’s drama series Shuga 3 & 4. Within her experience as Supervising Producer and Production Consultant, she has accepted and reviewed over 40 screenplays from different writers and filmmakers in readiness for production. Also consulted on and supervised the production of over 25 TV film productions, working with over 26 young filmmakers to develop their movies from concept to final cut. In giving back, which Tope fully believes in, she has lent her voice and skill as a facilitator at several film and storytelling workshops in Nigeria. Tope is officially “verified” on Google+ and has been featured on CNN twice; on CNN’S INSIDE AFRICA and CNN.COM, and on German TV, DW Deutshe Welle TV while attending Berlinale 2015. Tope, who was a 2015 Juror for the International Emmy Awards for the tele-novella category, is currently working underground developing her next film projects and collaborations.

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Iza uHambe Nam // Come Walk With Me
directed by James Walsh

A visual poem about storytelling adventures across Africa. 2016 | Ethiopia/Kenya/Lesotho/Rwanda/South Africa | Spoken Word Film

“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing: you wouldn’t be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought. I am constantly preoccupied with how to remove distance so that we can all come closer together, so that we can all begin to sense that we are the same, we are one.” – David Hockney

James Walsh runs Sinamatella Productions, an African-based, independent film-making company that aims to tell interesting, dynamic, beautiful, redemptive stories through the documentary film format. Over the past 6 years, the company has developed a track record of taking documentary films from a seed of an idea through to big screens (film festivals from Istanbul to Vancouver) and small screens (through broadcast deals in USA, Canada, Australia, Europe & Africa). Our films have won awards on four continents. They have filmed on location in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Italy.

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Jinxed
directed by Gary Mugisha

When a young woman finds herself in the wrong neighborhood late at night, a series of unfortunate incidents takes her out of the frying pan into the fire. Everyone who seems to want to help her has other motives each more despicable than the last.14:46 min | 2016 | Uganda | Narrative

Gary Mugisha is a filmmaker who started out in Information Technology but always had a love of cinema, learning as much about it during his free time. He pursued this by applying and getting into a workshop organized by Kampala Film School and Uganda Communication Commission where he directed a short film called “The Bet” which was shown at the Uganda Film Festival. Later moving onto other projects including the hit Ugandan show “Beneath the Lies” and just finished editing a Ugandan feature called WAKO that won best feature film at the Arusha International Film Festival. He joined Kampala Film School to enhance his skills in all aspects of film most recently winning the Maisha Script Writing lab which he initially attended for the free food. He is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Kampala Film School where he worked on “JINXED” his short film whose script won the 2015 Screenwriting Lab and was nominated at the Mashiriki African Film Festival 2016.

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Khadija
directed by Muhammed Ali

Khadija is a light calligrapher, graffiti artist and a dentist. The first Arabic calligrapher girl struggles in her community to not be judged by her style of cloth, as the film deals with issues stereotyping in Egypt. 4:39 min | 2015 | Egypt | Documentary

Muhammed Ali is a young Egyptian filmmaker in his early career. He started to make films in 2013 and documentaries got his attention, and has since produced & directed 4 short documentary plus a mid length film. Because of his keen in filmmaking Ali dropped the school of commerce to pursue his dream of being a filmmakers. In less than 2 years from his first short documentary, Muhammed Ali was contacted to produce & direct his first mid length Documentary by Aljazeera Documentary Channel in 2015. Ali is currently enrolled in informal education program finance by EU, the documentary filmmaking School of “CineDelta”, which supports young filmmakers in Egypt’s delta.

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Kwaku Ananse
directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu

Kwaku Ananse is an intensely personal project which draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana. The short film combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man. Ananse teaches us that there are two sides to everything and everyone. The fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral. At the funeral, she retreats to the woods in search for her father.  Kwaku Ananse is an effort to preserve a fable my father passed on to me, and in turn to preserve a dying yet immensely rich culture. 25:42 min | 2013 | Ghana | Narrative

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. Her work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a “triple consciousness.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture. Named by Indiewire as one of the 6 Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, and one of The Huffington Post‘s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Founded in 2007, her company, Obibini Pictures, LLC has produced award-winning films including Reluctantly Queer and Kwaku Ananse, which received the 2013 African Movie Academy Award for Best Short Film. Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.  In 2010, Owusu was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Artforum listed Me Broni Ba as one of 2010’s top ten films. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fowler Museum, Yale University Film Study Center, and Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive. She’s received support from Creative Capital, Tribeca All Access, IFP, Focus Features Africa First, the Art Matters Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund.  Owusu holds MFA degrees in Film & Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA in Media Studies and Studio Art with distinction from the University of Virginia, where she studied under the mentorship of prolific avant-garde filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson.

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Never A Next Train
directed by Devon Delmar

A night watchman’s surprise at the sight of a lone figure on the train platform at dusk leads to many questions. As the night darkens, many of them remain unanswered. 6:17 min | 2016 | South Africa | Narrative

Devon Delmar is a student filmmaker at the University of Cape Town, currently working on his graduation project Under The Static (coming October 2016). From Pretoria, but adamant on staying as far away from there as possible, Devon envisions the next few years working his way up and up into the film industry of the Western Cape with the goal of a feature film in mind. Given the constraints of a brief bio, suffice it to mention three names of divine inspiration: Malick, Kusturica, Ozu. Devon is also vocalist and guitarist for rock band Veldtfire.

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The Riddle
directed by Fidae Sbaai

A prison warden offers a chance to his prisonner, an enigma. If he solves it, he wins back his freedom. 15:00 min | 2014 | Morocco | Narrative

Fidae Sbaai is a Moroccan filmmaker born in 1988 in Tangier. A Cinema Professional License in the ECAT – Etudes Cinématographiques et Audiovisuelles de Tétouan, at the University of Abdel-Malik Essaadi in 2011. And an Advanced French Language Diploma DALF C1 from the French Institute of Tangier-Tetouan in Morocco.

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Soko Sonko (The Market King)
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! 20:00 min | 2014 | Kenya | Narrative

Ekwa Msangi is a Tanzanian-American filmmaker who grew up in Kenya and is based in New York. Her initial career started in producing, and now focusses on writing and directing. Ekwa has directed several short films, including Taharuki (Suspense), a 12-minute short set against the backdrop of the start of Kenya’s post-election violence, about a man and a woman from opposing ethnic tribes who are working for an underground resistance movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when something goes wrong, and they are forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission. Ekwa has also directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and for MNET South Africa which includes The Agency, MNET’s first ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. The Agency was televised continent-wide and her films have been official selections at festivals such as New York African, Pan African, Durban International, Imagem dos Povos, Roxbury International, and Zanzibar International Film Festivals. As well as her directing career, Ekwa has written for both television and film. Ekwa also taught a Spring Documentary Production course in Havana, Cuba. She has guest lectured on the topic of Contemporary African Cine-Media, and is Associate Director of the Independent Film School in New York. She is also an active Board Member of the Women in Film & Television – Kenya Chapter. One of Ekwa’s key goals as an artist is to transform our society’s images and relationships with African cultures, and to empower African filmmakers in telling their stories.

September 25th
NU VISIONS
The Film Society’s Screen Three at the St. Anthony Main Theatre,
115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414
4:00pm
General Admission: $9 | Student/Senior: $7 | Film Society Members: $5

This program features films that articulate a new vision of film, and will be selected from our international call for entries. It will spotlight the US premiere of Six Rounds, the compelling new feature from UK director Marcus Flemmings; it will also spotlight a selection of short films.

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Dirt
directed by Darius Clark Monroe

Some things must die to live. 7:00 min | 2016 | US | Narrative

Houston native, Darius Clark Monroe is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, he recently completed his autobiographical feature documentary, Evolution of a Criminal.

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dreams
directed by Andre Correa

A lone artist, whose dream is to become a professional photographer, is faced with obstacles and distractions that force him to decide if he will continue to fight for his passion or if he will settle for what seems to be his destiny. 14:28 min | 2016 | US | Narrative

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Obama is/and me

Outside Paris, on the night of Barack Obama’s election, a diverse group of friends celebrates the dawning of a new world of hope, change, and understanding, only to discover society’s violent rejection of a hopeful world. 15:57 min | 2013 | France | Narrative

Son of a Chinese mother from Taiwan and a Serbian father from Croatia, Stevan Lee Mraovitch was born in New York and raised in Paris. Stevan graduated from the French film school, Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques (ESEC). He later worked for several years as a director and photographer in commercials and in the fashion industry. His last work as a Director of Pho- tography was the Nike Spec Ad that won the first Grand Prize best video at the national competition «Believe in the Run».  Stevan is graduating this fall 2013 from Columbia University, School of the Arts’ MFA film. He is the recipient of the Directing, Producing and Dean Fellowships at Columbia.  During his thesis years, Stevan was hired by his professor and renowned producer, Michael Hausman (GANGS OF NEW YORK, AMADEUS, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT) to work in various positions. He was his UPM on DOWNTOWN EXPRESS directed by David Grubin, recipient of ten Emmy awards. He worked closely with  Julie Delpy (BEFORE SUNSET) on 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK produced by Scott Franklin (BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER). He assisted Michael Hausman on the HBO movie, PHIL SPECTOR, directed by David Mamet on the life of music legend Phil Spector interpreted by Al Pacino. Stevan’s directorial work include: FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES (2009 Asian American Film Festival) and OBAMA E(S)T MOI (2013 DC Shorts), which premiered in 2012 at the prestigious Balzac Theater in Paris. THE VISUAL CONTACT, SWEET HOME and STAY WITH ME are additional shorts that Stevan directed during his studies.  Stevan has also written a book of poems entitled «Analgésie, Les Cicatrices D’amour et de Ré- voltes» (Analgesia, Scars of Love and Revolt) that was published in 2003 by L’Age D’Homme in Paris. The collection is a meditation on illusion of love, humanity within misery and brotherhood for a war torn and forgotten Yugoslavia. In 2012, he founded the production company Androma Pictures in Paris.

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Six Rounds
directed by Marcus Flemmings

As the 2011 London riots unfurl, a former boxer has to choose between his past and his future in Six Rounds, Marcus Flemmings’ bold and stylish second feature. Stally is a former fighter who stepped out of the ring while he was still unbeaten. Having fallen in love and gotten a regular job, he feels like he’s moving towards something positive. But when an acquaintance from his past asks him for a favour, he finds himself trapped in a corner, from which he’ll need to fight his way out, in a tense and emotive tale of race, love and redemption in the midst of spiking social tension. 60:00 min | 2016 | UK | Narrative

Marcus Flemmings decided to venture into filmmaking at the tender age of 17, it’s been a bit of a roundabout journey since. Having a book published back in 2005 – Sexy Utopia. Then moving into owning a media brand – a successful model agency before eventually doing some fashion photography and being published in various magazines across the globe. 2016 has become something of a purple year for Flemmings – 4 fashion films being screened at the BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, THE CONVERSATIONS marked his co-directorial debut releasing soon, and his solo directorial debut SIX ROUNDS is due for release in the latter part of the year. The screenwriter slash director is heavily influenced by Stanley Kubrick, 70’s cinema, Woody Allen and the modern works of Charlie Kaufman.

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Stop
directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green

A young man’s livelihood is put to the test when he gets stopped by the police on his way home from practice. 9:05 min | 2015 | US | Narrative

New York native Reinaldo Marcus Green is a writer, director, and producer. In May, he graduated NYU Tisch Graduate Film School and he’s currently writing his first feature narrative, Monsters and Men. Most recently, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film (2015). His latest short film ‘Stop’, which he wrote, produced, and directed, premiered as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015 His previous short film, ‘Stone Cars’, shot on a micro-budget in South Africa, had its international premier as an official Cinéfondation selection at the Festival de Cannes 2014. Rei most recently directed an eight-episode series for The Players’ Tribune.

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Veganize it !
directed by Khalid Salim

Bakr has made a life-changing decision. Little does he know that his newly founded decision is going to shake the very core of his relationships with the people around him forever. This comical short shines a light on those who simply want to be accepted for who they truly are, and how the unforgiving Earth may sometimes retaliate. 6:37 min | 2015 | Qatar/Sudan | Narrative

“Through Veganize It, I’m telling my own personal story of when I decided to became a vegan. Being vegan is the practice of abstaining from eating and using all animal products. The film is an accumulation of what I’ve been through during my Veganisim experience and the challenges I had to face in order for me to fit in within my Sudanese/African community. Since meat is a very essential element in our Sudanese cuisine, therefore coming out as a vegan/ vegetarian in such environment considered a sin, and a big insult to the society. The film was a part of the “Short Narrative Lab” workshop organised by Doha Film Institute in Doha – Qatar 2015 under the supervision of the Egyptian directors Ahmad Abdalla, Hisham Saqr, and Nadine Salib the forefront of the new wave of independent cinema in Egypt and Middle East. The lab was a five-week open-learning programme designed to provide students with an all-round filmmaking experience including screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing and editing. The goal was to produce a fully realized short films that demonstrates the student’s own artistic vision and point of view. During the workshop, everyone had to develop and pitch their own ideas. We’ve been asked to justify our choices of subject that matters and talk about why we would like to tell our stories, and in the end, five projects were chosen and “Veganize it” was one of them.” – Khalid Salim

Born in January 1986, Khalid Salim’s upbringing within the Middle East has shaped his aspirations to become the up-and-coming Sudanese filmmaker he is today. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Qatar, while currently completing his bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Staffordshire University in Malaysia, Khalid’s worldly experiences have continually inspired his filmmaking. Khalid began his journey through establishing a following on YouTube, which led to the production of his first short film “Veganize It!” – a dark-comedy about a young man whose world starts to fall apart following his decision to become a vegan.

PARTNER ORGANIZAITONS:

INTERMEDIA ARTS
As Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists to make changes in their lives and communities. www.intermediaarts.org.

MSP FILM SOCIETY
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is Minnesota’s leading exhibitor of international independent cinema. Our mission is to foster a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film and its power to inform and transform individuals and communities. Presenting year-round screenings and the annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. www.mspfilm.org

WALKER ART CENTER
The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities. www.walkerart.org

IFP MN
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. www.ifpmn.org

CAPRI THEATER
Capri Theater’s mission is to enrich the skills, prospects and spirit of North Minneapolis area youth and adults, in partnership with families and communities. www.thecapritheater.org

EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY

The East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) has its home in the former Arlington Hills library, one of St. Paul’s historic Carnegie library buildings at 1105 Greenbrier Street, located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.  The ESFL’s mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all.  The library houses non-circulating research collections that appeal to interested general learners as well as scholars, with innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital. www.eastsidefreedomlibrary.org

SUNDAY: SEPT 252pm Intemedia Arts 
Twin Cities storymakers, filmmakers and visual artists are invited to have a fish bowl conversation in the context of …Black and African Cinema | Putting Our Stories Front and Center.
The conversation will follow the Shorts programme screening that closes out the 2 weekend long Sankofa Festival. Light reception to follow

Indegogo support in making this happen. Any bit goes a loooong way y’all. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sankofa-film-festival#/

Brown Cinema club – on-going
We have been building a community of lovers of films by and about communities of color.
We are wide open to ideas, collaborations, and working in solidarity.
shoot me an email to get involved at  sha.truruts@gmail.com

Time

9 (Friday) 1:00 am - 25 (Sunday) 1:00 am

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