Press Release: Women Filmmakers Enter Your Films for the 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Today


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WADFF

c/o The Brooklyn

Chapter of The Links, Inc.

PO Box 50013

Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brooklyn, NY 26 January 2017: The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links announces the Call for Film Entries for the 16th 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 6, 2017 at LIU Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in the Spike Lee Screening Room from 10am-6pm.

Films must be produced, written, or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2012. All work must be submitted by March 24, 2017. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to participating filmmakers.

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 64 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.

Daughters of the Dust playing in Philly!

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Black Chick Media, LLC & Cohen Media Announce 25th Anniversary Release of Daughters of the Dust

Los Angeles, December 7, 2016: Premiering in 1991, Julie Dash’s magnificent film Daughters of the Dust broke ground as the first movie directed by an African-American woman to receive an extensive theatrical release. Since then, this exquisite story about a Gullah family in the 1900’s has continued to garner praises. It was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004, and more recently, acted as a heavy inspiration for Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. Currently, the film is being re-introduced to mainstream audiences in a colorful new way; Cohen Media Group, distributors of the film, has created a rich 2K restoration that will be released in theaters this fall. Most recently, Daughters of the Dust has won a Special NY Film Critics Circle Award for its 25th anniversary release.

Daughters of the Dust is the story of conflict and struggle between changing values in the early 1900’s as a Low Country family, living on one of the sea islands, prepares to migrate, leaving their land and legacy for the promise of the North. The film focuses on the women of the Peazant Family; the carriers of traditions and beliefs firmly linked to their African heritage.

Daughters of the Dust will play Philadelphia at the Ritz at the Bourse from December 9-December 15, 2016.

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25th Anniversary Release: Daughters of the Dust

Opening tomorrow in San Francisco, the 25th Anniversary edition of Daughters of the Dust! We are honored to be assisting in the promotion of the re-release of this masterpiece by Julie Dash.

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Alva Rogers as “Eula Peazant” (right), Trula Hoosier as “Trula” (center), and Barbara-O as “Yellow Mary Peazant” in Daughters of the Dust Directed by Julie Dash. Photo courtesy of Cohen Film Collection

Daughters of the Dust is the story of conflict and struggle between changing values in the
early 1900’s as a Lowcountry family, living on one of the sea islands, prepares to migrate,
leaving their land and legacy for the promise of the North.

The film focuses on the women of the Peazant Family; the carriers of traditions and beliefs
firmly linked to their African heritage. The story unfolds over the course of a family picnic, the last supper. Along the way, the film saturates us with impressionistic colors, African symbolism, Geechee‐Gullah rituals, cooking, dialect, and the sound of field cries, all expressing the complex resonances of the Lowcountry lifestyle.

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Kaycee Moore as “Haagar Peazant” (far left), Alva Rogers as “Eula Peazant” (second from left), Cora Lee Day as “Nana Peazant” (second from right), and Cheryl Lynn Bruce as “Viola Peazant” (right) in Daughters of the Dust Directed by Julie Dash. Photo courtesy of Cohen Film Collection

Daughters of the Dust is set on Dawtuh, (Daughter) a small barrier island among the
hundreds of Sea Islands along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Fearing the extreme conditions on the island: heat, insects, and the threat of yellow fever, landowners live across the river on the mainland. The inhabitants of Dawtuh, mainly African American, have remained isolated and insulated from the mainland since the very first African Captive was brought ashore.

At the heart of the film, Daughters of the Dust is a story about a family coming to grips with both the past and the precarious present. The film opens with the Peazant family
contemplating and celebrating their decision to leave Ibo Landing, to embark upon a new
life on the mainland. Nana Peazant the family matriarch refuses to leave because of her
deep reverence for the island, the ancestors buried there, and a sense that the North will
not be “the land of milk and honey” her progeny believe it will be.

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Cora Lee Day as “Nana Peazant” in Daughters of the Dust Directed by Julie Dash. Photo courtesy of Cohen Film Collection

The structure of the film follows the pattern of the West African Griot, a commissioned
artist who recalls and recounts a family’s history for formal occasions. The story of the
Peazant family is recalled, remembered, and recollected as a circular, non‐linear, dramatic
narrative that evokes the oral tradition of ancient African storytellers.

The Peazants are the descendants of African captives who worked the indigo, rice, and cotton plantations during the period of slavery. These unique African Americans speak a distinct language called Gullah or Geechee. The women in the Peazant family carry inside their heads and pockets, scraps of memories, bits and pieces of family memorabilia left by their earliest remembered ancestors. Among those memories are recollections of a group of Ibo captives, who refusing to live enslaved, walked on top of ocean water to get back to Africa.

 

KICKSTARTER BACK THIS: Kiandra Park’s “C’est La Vie,” film

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With the power of social media and the growing amount of content that is being produced for the web, anything has become possible for artists trying to gain some money to push forward content they believe the world would be interested in seeing through crowdfunding. Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, to name a few, have birthed numerous projects, from film to comics to video games, all by letting creators pitch their content to the web, and letting anyone who’s interested (within a certain time frame) donate money (for perks in exchange) to see this project come to life.

ImageKiandra Parks, old student of Spike Lee at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and writer/director of the short film based on the novel, “Black Girl In Paris,” has turned to Kickstarter to bring us another film she’s created, and in which she will be writer, director, and now starring actress in! The film in question? “C’est La Vie,” and if the title didn’t tell you, it takes place in the most romantic city in the world.

Kiki and her boyfriend met on New Years Eve. They fell in love in Paris. Their long distance relationship endures ups and downs, but Kiki is sure he is her soul mate; her psychic told her so. Kiki relocates to Paris in a final attempt to make her relationship work, but on her journey she discovers the thing she least expects and learns to surmount her biggest obstacle.

Completely in black and white, the film discusses the ins and outs of love, while being quirky, hip, classic, and effortlessly beautiful.

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“C’est La Vie,” is in its last week till the Kickstarter timeline ends. Help Kiandra reach her goal of $15,000 by clicking here!

(photos via blackgirlproductions.com)