Press Release: WADFF 2016


c/o The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc.
PO Box 50013
Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

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Brooklyn, NY January 13, 2016: The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links announces its Call for Film Entries for the 15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF). WADFF will showcase films focused on Women, their families, neighborhoods, and the global community. Featuring an international roster of films, the Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room, 10 am – 6 pm.

Films must be produced, written, or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2010. All work must be submitted by March 18, 2016. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to participating filmmakers.

Continuing its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of artists of African descent, The Women of African Descent Film Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2016.

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, whose membership consists of 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas:  The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 15 years.

The foundation for all of the chapter’s programs and services is rooted in the African American tradition of giving and volunteerism. Members share a deep sense of communal responsibility, and for the past 63 years, have been committed to actively initiating and supporting educational, cultural, and civic programs that positively impact the lives of people of African descent residing in Brooklyn.


Local Theatre: Zooman and the Sign


L-R Tony Roseboro, Ricardo Jones, Demia Kandi, and Sean Winbush

In our continued effort to support local theatre, we are pleased to announce Zooman and the Sign presented by PAST Productions Columbus.

Zooman and the Sign, by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Charles Fuller, is set in Philadelphia, and concerns the violent actions of a young man terrorizing a neighborhood. The father of one of his victims feels that neighbors witnessed the crime, but will not come forward in fear of reprisal. He erects a sign accusing his neighbors of cowardice.

When: October 30 & 31; November 6 & 7

Where: Columbus Performing Arts Center 549 Franklin Ave.Columbus Oh 43215

Performances at 7 PM. Special matinee performances with cast talk back at 2 pm on October 31 and November 7.

Tickets available at

MARGIE, A World Premiere

Cast Photo via 549 Productions

Cast Photo via 549 Productions


September 27, 2015
Contact: Angela Palazzolo

MARGIE, World Premiere / Opening October 2 at CPAC, Columbus

A woman with a sudden, tragic loss strives to once again embrace life

549 Productions presents Margie, opening October 2, 2015, at The Columbus Performing Arts Center. This new one-act play by actors/playwrights Christoper Scotti and Angela Palazzolo reveals the struggle of a woman as she puts her life back together following a startling loss.

Original music and lyrics by Christopher Scotti accent the story.

About Margie, director Joe Bishara says, “I am honored and excited to collaborate with the creators of this touching play with music on its world premiere. Margie, whose early dreams in life were unfulfilled, suffers a sudden, tragic loss. With the help of her son, her teacher and others, she eventually moves forward to embrace her future.”

549 Productions will present Margie in the Van Fleet Theatre, located in The Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday October 4.

An audience talkback will follow directly after each performance.

Tickets are $8 for all performances and can be purchased through the website Tickets also can be purchased at the door (cash only), based on availability. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. Free parking for all performances in lot immediately across from theatre. For more information, contact

Appearing in the play are Christopher Scotti (Earnest) and Angela Palazzolo (Margie) (co- producers, 549 Productions, and co-authors of Margie), Andrew Protopapas (Andrew), Kerbie Minor (Claire), Bradley Davis Barbin (Joe), and Linda Goodwin (Karen).

The director, Joe Bishara, is the Associate Producing Director at CATCO. He has worked at regional theatres across the Midwestern United States as an award-winning actor, director and producer.

About 549 Productions

549 Productions was formed by Christoper Scotti and Angela Palazzolo to give voice to original works.