By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act February 21, 2013 at 10:00AM
Launching at the new MIST Harlem Cinemas in Harlem, New York this upcoming weekend, Friday, February 22nd through Monday, February 25th, is the Creatively Speaking film series event In Living Color: Love Stories in Black, White & Brown. Curated by Michelle Materre, In Living Color will feature two New York City premieres: Obama in Ghana by Tony Regusters and the Sara Blecher documentary Surfing Soweto.
Read the rest of the press release below for details on features and shorts. Join Creatively Speaking on Facebook for film descriptions and schedule.
Harlem, New York, February 1, 2013 - Creatively SpeakingTM , the curated film series with a seventeen year record of presenting the best in films by and about people of color, returns with a vengeance, just in time for Black History Month. “In Living Color: Love Stories in Black, White and Brown” begins the series in its new format - a monthly launch at the new MIST Harlem Cinemas, February 22nd-25th . The internationally renowned series, created and curated by Michelle Materre, will relaunch at MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenues), New York City -- the new home for independent cinema from the African, Caribbean and Latino Diasporas.
Over the past 17 years, Creatively Speaking has become known as the leading film series presenting independently produced media that conveys a realistic, universal portrayal of people of color to a broad spectrum of audiences within local communities and beyond. The film series prides itself on its dedication to diversity and social responsibility as the core mission of its efforts.
With this, Creatively Speaking brings together a handpicked selection of high quality, entertaining and informative films and videos representing the diverse breadth and depth of people of the African, Caribbean and Latino Diasporas. Kicking off the February programming, the series celebrates both contemporary and historical documentaries from across the Diaspora, as well as love stories about black and brown people.
Curator Michelle Materre states, “We are thrilled to launch our series on a monthly basis at the place that will quickly become known as the “home” for independent cinema for people of color.in New York City -- MIST Harlem. As is the Creatively Speaking tradition, the stories presented are those that everyone can relate to on some level, yet are unique in ways to communities of color that people do not often think about. Join us in February for the first of our new monthly programs!”
The February launch will feature two New York premieres: Obama in Ghana by Tony Regusters, recounting a moment in history that will never come again -- the first ever visit to Africa by the first ever African American President of the United States; and Surfing Soweto by award winning South African director Sara Blecher – a documentary that follows three train surfers in Soweto as they struggle through poverty, drug addiction and the dangers of their sport. Both will make their official New York Premiere at the series. As always, each screening is followed by a highly interactive and engaging Q&A with filmmakers, actors, scholars and the audience.
Join us on Facebook for the complete film descriptions and schedule. See links below to
video clips for the February 2013 Creatively Speaking Series Program:
Surfing Soweto – By Sara Blecher – New York Premiere!
Obama in Ghana – By Tony Regusters – New York Premiere!
Melvin and Jean – By Maia Wechsler Jesse Owens – By Laurens Grant (courtesy of American Experience)
The Loving Story – By Nancy Buirski (courtesy of Icarus Films) Promised Land – By Yoruba Richen
Love Stories in Black and Brown (shorts series):
Contact Zone –By Gustavius Smith
Yellow – By Dominga Martin
Kn(ow) De:Tales –By kA’RAMUU
Kush Weekends in Brooklyn – By David Canady
Jeffrey’s Calypso – By Vashti Anderson
After Life – By Lana Garland (no video)
Suze and Anne – By Marc Henry Valmont (courtesy of Cine Institute)
Join us for what is always a moving, thought-provoking weekend of sights and sounds from across the Diaspora--some works you may have heard of, never seen, or excited to see again -- all with an exciting and interactive conversation to follow.