A Tribute to African-American Film

By: FAMU Release
By: FAMU Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – January 5, 2012 -

In honor of Black History Month and in celebration of FAMU’s 125th anniversary, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Lyceum Series and the Office of Student Activities in partnership with the Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) and the Tallahassee Film Society (TFS) present A Tribute to African-American Film beginning February 3 through February 29, 2012.

“We have been working in conjunction with several local groups to not only pay tribute to a segment of African-American culture, but to highlight FAMU alumni and staff contributions to the entertainment field as we celebrate FAMU’s 125th anniversary,” said Sharon Saunders, executive assistant for Communications at FAMU and the Tribute to African-American Films Planning Committee Chair. “We believe that we have movies and events the entire community will enjoy.”

“Our Mission at TFF is ‘to nurture all aspects of film culture and stimulate economic development,’” said Lou Armesto, TFF board chair. “This tribute accomplishes both by providing exceptional programming for our local community and attracting FAMU alumni back to Tallahassee and their alma mater. That’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The month-long film forum is full of valuable entertainment. Scheduled events include, social events, informative lectures and career development opportunities such as:

• Red-carpet, advance screening of FAMU alumnus Will Packer’s upcoming film “Think Like a Man;”

• Writer’s workshop led by Gregory Anderson, president of Tri Destined Films;

• Lecture titled “African-Americans and the Oscars: Decades of Struggle and Achievement” by noted author and professor Edward Mapp, whose collection of 1200+ black-cast movie posters resides in the Archives of the Motion Picture Academy;

• Screenings at All Saints Cinema of Alley Pat and Dare Not Walk Alone, with Producer/Editor Tom Roche in attendance for Q & A;

• Screening of the 1926 silent film, The Flying Ace, sponsored by the Museum of Florida History to coincide with their exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum entitled “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight;”

• Screening of two recently released films: Underground, by Akil Dupont, a Civil War period film brought to life through song, and Psychedelic Shack, a family comedy by FAMU’s own Professor Kenneth Jones;

• Matinee marathons each weekend at Lee Hall of many of America’s most notable African-American films including Cooley High, Do the Right Thing, The Emperor Jones, Eves Bayou, Glory, Imitation of Life, the Jackie Robinson Story, Stormy Weather, Sounder, Shaft, Super Fly. Each movie will be introduced by a local film enthusiast or visiting filmmaker who will put that day’s line-up in context and share behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movies and the historical period that influenced the creative team involved. For added fun, attendees are encouraged by the FAMU Pan-Hellenic Council to come to the marathons in a costume that suits the era of that day’s films; and finally

• Important panel discussion scheduled for February 8 at Turner Auditorium on the Tallahassee Community College campus titled “Succeeding in the Film Industry.” The panelists include Anthony B. Major, former director/stage manager/actor and current director of the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies at the University of Central Florida; Lewis "Jiggs" Walker, props manager; Melvin Johnson, film and television casting director; Valerie Scoon, professor, former producer with Harpo Studios and current Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts faculty member; Akil DuPont, a student Emmy-winning short film director/co-writer; Rosalind Stephenson, long-time, award-winning publicist; and Robert Stephenson, hair stylist for major motion pictures and personal stylist to Samuel L. Jackson.

Tickets will be available online beginning January 16, 2012 or at the door prior to each event. For more information on ticket sales, sponsorships, a full schedule and more, visit www.famu.edu, www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com, www.tallahasseefilms.org or call (850) 599-3413.

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  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    "The Emperor Jones" stars Paul Robeson and comes from a play by Eugene O'Neill. It's quite good. Robeson sings a little, near the beginning, so be on time. From 1933. If you miss the Tribute, the Leon County Public Library has a DVD of it. "Cooley High" is a pretty good coming of age story about black adolescents in Chicago in the 1960s. From 1975.
  • by WOW on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:25 PM
  • by Audacity on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:23 PM
    As long as blatant racism like this is tolerated the divide between peoples can only grow. Oh, wait, what is that? It is NOT racism in action you say? Substitute "Caucasian" for "African-American" and reread the story. The organizers would be jailed and at the mere proposal of the event Jesse and Al, and the SPLC, and ASPCA, and the NAACP would be screaming for blood and suing every person they could find a name for.
  • by Man Oh Man on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    If you tried to hold a "White Folks Film Festival" how they would scream. Things like this are just as racist as calling somebody a name.
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      by a mom on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:08 PM in reply to Man Oh Man
      you got that right!! Blacks are more racist than whites!
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