Quicker Than A New York Minute

Well, I’d like to be able to say I’m surprised Cheryl Boone Isaacs is no longer the president of the Academy, but sadly, that is not the case.  More to the point, is there still anyone out here in Black and Brown communities that truly admires the work and recognition of the Oscars?  Since when have they done right by us?  Although, I must admit, I was elated when Boone Isaacs was elected president; it seemed to be what was needed at the time (What is still needed at this time).  However, nothing really changed.  Brown bodies were still disproportionately represented on screen.  Our award numbers stagnated.  Unfortunately, even in the 21st century she undoubtedly faced much adversity carrying the title of first African American woman to hold this position.  I just wish it lasted that much longer.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is an American film marketing and public relations executive. She has represented the Public Relations Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), known for its annual Academy Awards (Oscars), on the AMPAS Board of Governors for 21 years as of 2013. On July 30, 2013 she was elected as the 35th president of AMPAS.  Boone Isaacs is the first African American to hold this office, and the third woman after Bette Davis (who served only two months) and Fay Kanin (who served four years).

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August 8, 2017
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JOHN BAILEY ELECTED ACADEMY PRESIDENT

LOS ANGELES, CA – John Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 8) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

  • Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
  • Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
  • Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
  • Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
  • Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
  • David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee)

Bailey is beginning his first term as president and his fourteenth year as a governor representing the Cinematographers Branch.  Gianopulos, Kennedy, Rubin, Utley were re-elected to their posts.  This will be the first officer stint for Burwell and Tronick.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,”  “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Columbus Native and Filmmaker to Host First Columbus Black International Film Festival

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017

 

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Cristyn Steward

columbusbiff@gmail.com

 

Columbus Native and Filmmaker to Host First Columbus Black International Film Festival

Columbus Black International Film Festival will highlight a spectrum of stories told by artists of the African diaspora.

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus native and filmmaker, Cristyn Steward will host the first Columbus Black International Film Festival (CBIFF) August 4-6 2017 at Columbus’ own Wexner Center for the Arts and Columbus College of Art and Design. The film festival will showcase local, national, and international stories from the African diaspora in the city of Columbus.

CBIFF will premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts featuring local filmmaker Mark Cummings Sr. as a keynote speaker, with two short films; Dr. Race: Practicing Medicine while Black and Heroes of Color: Harlem Hellfighters; and feature film Holy Hustle followed by a networking reception for filmmakers. The festival will continue the following day at the Columbus College of Art and Design. The day will include film screenings, a workshop about making a good film taught by local sci-fi filmmaker Celia Peters, and a panel discussion featuring various media and representation professionals.

Cristyn Steward is a Columbus native and seasoned filmmaker with many years of experience in the industry. Steward’s expertise and vision gave her the inspiration to host an event for the city of Columbus to get to know artist in her hometown that truly give a meaning to visionary art.

The Columbus Black International Film Festival has received support from well-renowned organizations in the arts community including the Wexner Center for Arts and the Greater Columbus Arts Council as well support from Stonewall Columbus and Equitas Health. There are plans to invite multiple local businesses and organizations to be a part of this event as a way to showcase to attendees all that Columbus has to offer.

The primary objective of the festival is to showcase black filmmakers locally, nationally, and internationally while creating an opportunity to network with various artists in the filmmaking community.

For more information, contact Cristyn Steward at columbusbiff.com.

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Call for Entries: Women of African Descent Film Festival

Call for Entries: The 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

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Still from SANKOFA. Produced by Mariona Lloreta

The 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc. now opens its CALL FOR ENTRIES. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from WADFF 2016, click here.

Please contact wadffbklyn@gmail.com with questions regarding the festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To showcase films which are centered around the theme of Linkages: Women, Their Families, Neighborhoods, and the Global Community, and to support the artistic development of Women filmmakers of African Descent by providing a supportive exhibition platform, offering stipends to participants, and seeking industry opportunities that will help to expose the filmmakers’ works and further their careers.

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Still from BLK GRL POET. Produced by Kearah-Armonie

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 16th Anniversary in 2017. The media constantly bombards us with negative images of people of African descent. Our positive accomplishments, uplifting experiences, and gifts to humanity get little attention. The Brooklyn Chapter believes it is vitally important that our legacy be maintained, nurtured and preserved and it is our responsibility to shape the public’s perception of who we are as a people. Through the medium of film, filmmakers of African descent document and relay the stories of our past, present, and future. They have become the new historians –“preservers of our legacy.” The Brooklyn Chapter realizes that many societal misconceptions start with how we are portrayed in the media. To counteract the adverse portrayal of African Americans in the movies and media, the Brooklyn Chapter, in 2002, initiated Linkages: Women of African Descent Film Festival. By choosing and screening films that depict the positive linkages that women of African descent have to their families, neighborhoods and communities, the film festival is able to effectively influence people’s’ perceptions through the medium of film.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or

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Still from STRINGS ATTACHED. Produced by Marc John Jefferies & Nelcie Souffrant

directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, must have been completed on or after June 1, 2012, and must be 1 hour at most in length. Submission deadline is Friday, March 24th. Juror’s Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.

Local, regional, national and international submissions are accepted.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a digital and/or online version of their films in a format such as AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MOV, QT, WMV, AVCHD, FLV, H.264, or DivX. If these file formats do not exist, please submit a link to your film on a site such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, or MetaCafe. If applicable, include all passwords for video access.

DVD and VHS copies will not be accepted.

Please note: there is no submission fee. With your playable submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Send all films to: wadffbklyn@gmail.com

THE EVENT WADFF 2017 will take place Saturday, May 6, 2017 at LIU Brooklyn (corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues), Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Reading Room, 10am-6pm.

THE LINKS 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 16 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 66 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.

You can ‘Like’ and follow the festival Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WomenofAfricanDescentFilmFestival/

For #WADFF2017 twitter updates, follow @BlackChickMedia.

Want to learn more about WADFF and the Brooklyn Chapter of the LINKS? Check out our Vimeo page here: https://vimeo.com/164791769

Please contact WADFF Co-Chair Yvonne Presha or Elyse Morris, On-site Coordinator at wadffbklyn@gmail.com.

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Still from SANKOFA. Produced by Mariona Lloreta

Local Theatre: Zooman and the Sign

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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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com