S&A readers may be especially interested in seeing feature film A Swingin' Trio, which screens on March 1 with short film Crazy Beats Strong Every Time; as well as the animated short film Under The Baobab Tree.
The synopsis for A Swingin' Trio, which will have a Q&A session with director Kelvin Z. Phillips following its screening, is as follows:
Homer Garçon is an unpublished and frustrated science fiction writer living off the success of his wife, Trude Garçon-Moore, a busy Hollywood producer. As a result, he finds himself “trapped” in lavish surroundings – his luxury jail – and with publisher rejection letters piling high, Homer has convinced himself of his wife’s infidelity. Phillips’ darkly-comic script follows Homer as he dives into the prickly territories of self-awareness and self pity, in his quest to find the truth about his possibly cheating wife–and himself–all at a Valentine’s Day dinner decidedly set for three. A largely dialogue-driven film, “A Swingin’ Trio” is about four things: love, music, betrayal, and one really good dinner.
From the DCIFF website:
The Director’s Statement: “A Swingin’ Trio” was born out of two ideas. The first was the urge, the challenge if you will, to make a film structured around the Aristotelian unities of time, place, and action. The second was to use a jazz trio as a Greek chorus of sorts to that story being told. With “A Swingin’ Trio” we attempt to replicate that magic that’s captured in a jazz club when a simple trio of three instrumentalists really start to swing. In the case of our film the musicians are three characters, the stage is the couple’s home, and the set is the story of what happens to them over the course of the evening.
Here's more on this short:
A film that resonates with narrative intensity and drama. One night, after returning home with a crew of his friends, Markees, an African-American twenty-something, finds a drunken African man passed out in their apartment building hallway. After ridiculing the drunk, the young men realize that the he is actually Markees’s Nigerian-immigrant stepfather. Tensions build. Can Markees fly in the face of urban machismo and his own youthful pride to stop this collision course before someone really gets hurt.
Also screening at the DCIFF is the animated short film Under The Baobab Tree from Sudanese director Amin Albahari.
Check out the synopsis:
Under the Baobab tree, Africa’s tree of life, a parting father writes a letter to his son in diaspora, reminding him of the values he taught him, asking him to pass them on to his children and to stand as tall and proud as the Baobab tree, despite all the hardships he may face in his life.
For detailed information on the exact dates, times, and locations of these screenings, visit the DCIFF website.