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Tonight: BlackStar Film Fest & King Britt Present 'Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized)'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 2, 2013 at 10:17AM

An intriguing-sounding event taking place tonight, at the 2nd annual BlackStar Film Festival in Philly, which is currently underway.
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BlackStar Film Festival and King Britt present The Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized) at Johnny Brenda's.
BlackStar Film Festival and King Britt present The Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized) at Johnny Brenda's.

An intriguing-sounding event taking place tonight, at the 2nd annual BlackStar Film Festival in Philly, which is currently underway.

The detes:

BlackStar Film Festival and King Britt present The Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized) at Johnny Brenda's. The Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized) is a concept idea to provide a more abstract view of the cult classic. Using advanced visual remixing techniques, we intend to deconstruct the viewpoint into a more freeform storyline, which the audience can interpret in their way. Simultaneously, Afrofuturist instrumentalists, will improvise a live score, while the visuals are deconstructed, allowing for a very open and spacious sonic environment. Using a combination of analog and digital electronic instruments to build the musical palette. This is an in the moment experience and will only happen once. 100% improvised and free from construct.

I've been a fan of John Sayles since Brother From Another Planet. I haven't loved every film, but I dig his unwavering indie spirit. He came from the same *school* as directors like Martin Scorcese and James Cameron - working early in their careers with Roger Corman.

Sayles penned a few screenplays for Corman in the late 1970s/early 1980s, and it's primarily through screenwriting Sayles has been able to survive - writing scripts (or sometimes rewriting) for higher-budgeted studios pictures, and using the money earned from those gigs to help fund his low-budget directorial efforts (like the above) - films that often tell stories centered around the *under-represented* and marginalized, from all walks of life.

Joe Morton starred in Brother From Another Planet, a film for which I've read several different interpretations of. The narrative in the low-key dramedy about the adventures of a black extraterrestrial - the ''Brother'' of the title - who comes to earth to escape slavery on Planet X, makes for wonderful fodder for dissection. And I'm curious to see/hear/feel what the festival and King Britt are up to here.

So, for all our readers in that part of the USA (and I know there are many of you in Philly), check out tonight's event, and also the rest of the festival's offerings.

Check out the poster art advertising the King Britt/Brother From Another Planet below:


This article is related to: Festival Dispatch, John Sayles


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