WELCOME TO THE 14TH ANNUAL WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT F I L M F E S T I V A L Presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc. “Celebrating 62 Years of Service to the Brooklyn Community” SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room Still from AFUA’S DIARY: Produced by Bibi Owusu Shadbolt and Pixelex Aspect PROGRAM 10 – 11:15 am YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 11:15 am – 12:40 pm 14TH ANNUAL WADFF MORNING SHOWCASE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 12:40 – 1:05 pm RECEPTION 1:05 pm OPENING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS 1:15 pm 14TH ANNUAL WADFF AFTERNOON PROGRAM –– 1 –– ––––– 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival ––––– WADFF MORNING SHOWCASE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - 11:15 am REFLECTIONS UNHEARD: BLACK WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS Director/Producer: Nevline Nndji US, 2013, 81 min. Where do Black women activists fit into the epochal struggles for equality and liberation during the 1960’s and 1970’s? The feature length documentary unearths the lesser-known story of Black women’s political marginalization -- between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and second wave feminism, which was predominantly white and middle class -- showing how each failed to recognize Black women’s overlapping gender and racial identities. DOCUMENTARY SHORT: ANNUAL INSTALLMENT - 1:15 pm LITTLE BROTHER: MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND Director: Nicole Franklin Producers: Nicole Franklin, J.Tiggett US, 2015, 16 min. Little Brother: Manchild in the Promised Land is Chapter 5 of the film series that features young Black boys and their thoughts on Love. This chapter was filmed in Tucson, AZ, where the young men have access to an often untold history of ancestral settlers who lived as pioneers and conquistadors. Our young men discuss life in the Southwest and the current state of race relations. US FESTIVAL PREMIERE NARRATIVE SHORTS - 1:45 pm JACKIE Director: Tamika R. Guishard Producer: Marquette Jones US, 2013, 17 min. Having grown up in East New York’s volatile childcare system, Jackie Isley is armed with street and booksmarts upon meeting “Ronnie” for the first time. Looking more like her sister, Jackie soon learns that not only is she the product of a teenage pregnancy, but also that her mother is out for blood. DEAR NINA Director: Constance Strickland; Co-Director, Robert Adams Producers: Sunday Kinfolk and Theatre Roscius Writers: Renata Cherlise, Constance Strickland, onceuponapoet US, 2015, 19 min. An experimental short film offering a glimpse into the life of Cora, a woman whose hidden truths and troubled past are revealed through a series of letters. PREMIERE BROOKLYN PREMIERE –– 2 –– ––––– 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival ––––– Narrative Shorts: - 1:45 pm SOKO SONKO Director: Ekwa Msangi Producers: Huriyyah Muhammad, Linda Karuru, James Kanja Kenya/US, 2014, 22 min. 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 wellintended dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before…because only women have been there! BROOKLYN PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORTS - 3:00 pm YOU HEAR CHOCOLATE! AUGUST 9TH: RICHMOND WEDDING Director: Kearah-Armonie Jeudy Producer: Tarik Smith_ US, 2015, 6 min. Director/Producer: Shaina Koren US, 2014, 24 min. You Hear Chocolate is a profile of three amazing street performers named Audible Chocolate, who are an all-female band. Lo Anderson on guitar, Cheeki Pow Pow with vocals, and Iymaani Abdul-Hamid on viola. We are introduced to their day-to-day survival as artists who use the New York Transit System as their stage. This cinematic film tells the story of Amanda and Quincy’s union from a creative as well as personal perspective. Not only is a wedding day captured, but their love for one another and their loved ones is felt in the emotion of the film as the story progresses. While the wedding flew by, the loving sentiments presented in the film will endure forever. PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – 3:45 pm ON MY OWN Director/Producer: Rachel Miller-Bradshaw US, 2014, 58 min. On My Own is an eye-opening documentary that shatters the stigma of single motherhood. Sweeping through the Black experience in America, On My Own’s comprehensive attitude is a refreshing breeze that cools the heated, and often unproductive, discourse of Black family life in America. Through conversations with single mothers, fathers, community leaders and family experts, the documentary offers a counterpoint to the one-sided image of single motherhood. NARRATIVE FEATURE – 5:00 pm AFUA’S DIARY Director: Ben Owusu Producers: Bibi Owusu Shadbolt and Pixelex Aspect UK, 82 min. Afua Forson Brown is a Marketing graduate going through trials and tribulations as her British student visa runs out. Her situation is made worse by the constant nagging of her boyfriend, and the demands from her alcoholic father in Ghana. Afua eventually falls in love with a dashing man, but love only seems to complicate her situation. US PREMIERE –– 3 –– ––––– 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival ––––– YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL - 10:00 – 11:15 am FEATURING FILMS BY REEL WORKS TEEN FILMMAKERS HAPPY GIRL CAN’T BREATHE You can be bullied even by your closest so-called friends. Will Julie remain loyal to her frenemies or will she have the strength to be happy on her own? Disheartened by the stories of young Black men in the media and afraid of how it might impact him, Javon searches for ways to speak out against racially-motivated hate crimes. Julianna Greenidge, Age: 17 Brooklyn School of Collaborative Studies US, 2014, 6 min. ________________________________________ BLACK AND WHITE Jakhi Sidberry, Age: 18, Uncommon Charter School US, 2014, 5 min. Being from Brownsville means dealing with people’s assumptions about your community and the young people that live there. ________________________________________ GENTRIF**KATION Sangeda A lin, Age: 17 New York City Museum School US, 2014, 7 min. A critical look at the gentrification of Astoria by the filmmaker and her family who have been pushed out. Javon Peters, Age: 17, Gotham Professional Arts Academy. US, 2014, 7 min. ________________________________________ PURSUING HAPPINESS Rondlin Florveus, Age: 18 Gotham Professional Arts Academy US, 2014, 8 min Striving to be an “artist” from Carnarsie can be more than an ambition. It can also be a political statement about racial equality, education and access to the arts. ________________________________________ GRIEF, ETC. Catherine Robinson, Age: IS Landmark High School US, 2014, 5 min. A reflection on grief and how it can bring a single father and teenage daughter closer together. –– 4 –– ––––– 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival ––––– JURORS ABOUT THE BROOKLYN CHAPTER OF THE LINKS, INC Jacqueline Charity As the Brooklyn Chapter celebrates 62 years of service to the Brooklyn community this year, its award winning Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 14th Anniversary. The Arts Facet of the Brooklyn Chapter began sponsoring the WADFF for women filmmakers in 2002 to mark its 50th anniversary, and to continue its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of African American artists. This tradition has continued annually since then, and takes place at the Spike Lee Screening Room at LIU Brooklyn, on the first Saturday in May of each year. Soujourner Sweeney Coles Eva Delsarte Laura Fowler Frances Horne Antoinette Lamb Sharon Myrie Yvonne Presha Sharon Simmons, Ph.D. Monica Sweeney, M.D. Antonia Yuille Williams ________________________________________ SPECIAL THANKS Muriel Goode-Trufant, President Sharon Simmons, Arts Facet Chair Yvonne Presha and Antonia Yuille Williams, Co-Chairs, Women of African Descent Film Festival Frances Horne and Antoinette Lamb, Co-Chairs, Youth Film Festival Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic, and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946 whose membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of the national body in providing services to its Brooklyn community in five facet areas: Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, The Arts, International Trends and Services, and Health and Wellness. Through our 501(c)(3) Program arm, Salute to Youth Inc., the Chapter has invested over $325,000 in the borough’s youth in the past, and has a 54 year record of service that is unmatched in providing scholarships and monetary awards to college-bound youth of African descent from Brooklyn. Arts Facet WADFF Committee Chairs: Eva Delsarte & Kitrena Foster, Marketing/Outreach Kitrena Foster, Finance Celestine Grimes, Research Sharon Myrie, Reception, ________________________________________ Jacqueline Charity, Chair, Salute to Youth, Inc. OFFICERS LIU Brooklyn: Larry Banks, Media Arts Chair, Rodney K. Hurley, Vinh-Hoi Ngo, Janice Charles. Muriel Goode-Trufant, Esq., President Keya Crenshaw, Consultant, Black Chick Media Elyse Morris, WADFF Outreach Coordinator, John Williams, Stephanie Walter, and Laurel Gwizdak, REEL WORKS Teen Filmmaking Evelyn Castro, Ph.D., 1st Vice President Cheryl Lewis-Smith, 2nd Vice President Karen Abel-Bey,Esq., Corresponding Secretary Antoinette Lamb, Recording Secretary Melissa Bonaldes, Esq., Financial Secretary Eva Delsarte, Treasurer Laura Fowler, Filmmaker –– 5 –– ––––– 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival ––––– MEMBERS ALUMNA MEMBERS Delrita Abercrombie, Ph.D. Jacqueline Charity Doris Alexis Bobbye Butts Jocelyn Cooper Pamela DeLongoria Ola Hightower Evelyn Kalibala Rubie Malone, D.S.W. Gwendolyn Simpson Katherine Solomon Nola Whiteman Marguerita Fletcher ________________________________________ Melinda Alexis-Hayes, Esq. Nikki Bethel Carla D. Brown Gay Bullock, Ph.D. Sydney Butts, M.D. Hon. Cheryl Chambers Kitrena Foster Terri Foster Portia Gordon, Ph.D. Joan Grant-Boyd, Ph.D. L. Celestine Grimes Leslie Hayes, M.D. Frances Horne Damali Jimenez Orsoria Cassaundra Manning, Esq. Theresa Manning Depelsha McGruder Sharon Myrie, Esq. Dorothy Nelson Monique Nwachuku Yvonne Presha Patricia Ramseur Marilyn Reid Sharon Simmons, Ph.D. Stephanie Smith Mari-Lynn Staton, Esq. Clotilde Stenson ARTS FACET MEMBERS Muriel Goode-Trufant, Esq. President Melinda Alexis-Hayes, Esq. Gay Bullock, Ph.D. Eva Delsarte Kitrena Foster L. Celestine Grimes Frances Horne Antoinette Lamb Sharon Myrie, Esq. Yvonne Presha Sharon Simmons, Ph.D., Chair Clotilde Stenson Antonia Yuille Williams ________________________________________ ABOUT REEL WORKS Reel Works provides a free filmmaking program continuum for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence to create productive futures. Monica Sweeney, M.D. Joan Tropnas, Ph.D. Antonia Yuille Williams –– 6 –– ––––– 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival ––––– SPONSORS INCLUDE: Con Edison, Centric, LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, and the members of The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links and Salute to Youth Inc. The stipends for filmmakers are totally underwritten by Brooklyn Chapter members and Alumna members. COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS INCLUDE: Afrobeat Radio, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Boys & Girls High School, and Reel Works Consultant services in the production of WADFF provided by Black Chick Media. Design and Printing by Ricardo Robinson of LightSource Creative Studio Inc. SPECIAL THANKS to the following Brooklyn Links members for underwriting the filmmakers’ stipends: Karen Abel-Bey, Delrita Abercrombie, Melinda Alexis-Hayes, Nikki Bethel, Melissa Bonaldes, Carla Brown, Gay Bullock, Bobbye Butts, Sydney Butts, Evelyn Castro, Cheryl Chambers, Jacqueline Charity, Eva Delsarte, Marguerita Fletcher, Kitrena Foster, Muriel Goode Trufant, Portia Gordon, Joan Grant-Boyd, L. Celestine Grimes, Leslie Hayes, Frances Horne, Damali Jimenez Orsoria, Evelyn Kalibala, Antoinette Lamb, Cheryl Lewis-Smith, Rubie Malone, Cassaundra Manning, Theresa Manning, Sharon Myrie, Dorothy Nelson, Monique Nwachuku, Yvonne Presha, Patricia Ramseur, Marilyn Reid, Sharon Simmons, Gwendolyn Simpson, Katherine Solomon, Mari-Lynn Staton, Clotilde Stenson, Monica Sweeney, Joan Tropnas, Nola Whiteman and Antonia Yuille Williams.
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