Call for Entries: The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

Poster_2015Call for Entries: The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival brought to you by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, now opens its call for entries. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from WADFF 2014, 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 2014 WADFF “Hill and Gully” directed by Patrice Johnson Chevannes

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 14th Anniversary in 2015. 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 women of African descent have to their families, neighborhoods and communities, the film festival is able to effectively influence peoples’ perceptions through the medium of film.

Photo credit: Bennie Harris. (L - R) Rich Pierre-Louis and Edythe Davis in "Reflection Day"

Photo credit Bennie Harris: Still from 2014 WADFF “Reflection Day”

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All 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. Original submission deadline is Friday, March 13th.  Extended deadline is Friday, March 20th. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit both a DVD screener as well as a digital screener*. Please note: there is no submission fee, and films will not be returned to you unless you include a self-addressed padded envelope. With your playable DVD submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Please send all films to:
The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links Inc.

P.O. Box 50013
Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013
Attn: WADFF

*If you have an online version of your film on a site such as Vimeo or YouTube, please submit that link to wadffbklyn@gmail.com.

THE EVENT The festival will take place Saturday, May 2, 2015 at LIU Brooklyn (corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues), Media Arts Department Spike Lee Screening 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 12,000 professional women of color in 276 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 13 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 62 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.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

There’s Something about The Best Pies in London

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The Best Pies in London
by Abi Zakarian

Meet Tam Tribune. She runs the best pie shop in east London. She runs it with a fierce pride, an iron fist and a sharp tongue. But the street is changing and old times are giving way to the new; a long standing family dispute threatens Tam’s world so she responds with a Shakespearean force. Revenge, as she is often fond of saying, is a dish best served hot.

Exploring themes of family traditions, community and the rise of urban gentrification and staged in a real pie & mash shop on Hoxton Street, Abi’s new play is inspired by the character of Tamora, Queen of the Goths from Shakespeare’s early play Titus Andronicus.

See the play as part of the ‘Hoxton Path’ series of plays during the Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival.
October 1st – 12th.
7.30pm.
www.newdiorama.com/whats-on/shakespeare-in-shoreditch

A Song for You, Lena: The Legendary Lena Horne

National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) shares the history, art, and culture of the African American experience and serves as a gathering place for the community.

Join us for one of our two benefit performances:

Gala Reception and Performance
A Song For You, Lena—
The Civil Rights Journey of a Negro Woman: Lena Calhoun Horne
Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus
Reception: 7 p.m. Performance 8 p.m.
Click here to learn more and reserve tickets

Matinee Performance
A Song For You, Lena—
The Civil Rights Journey of a Negro Woman: Lena Calhoun Horne
Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus
3 p.m.
Click here to learn more and reserve tickets

Gala Sponsors:
Honda of America Mfg. Foundation
Walgreens
Friends of Art for Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.)
Archie and Bonita Griffin Foundation
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Veda Nami
Crabbe, Brown, & James, LLP
Donna & Larry James
Sylvia Garrett Agency/Nationwide Insurance
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/OSU

Promoted by:
Black Chick Media, LLC

 

Get Your Model Walk Ready!

Did you know that Columbus is the third largest fashion city in the country, behind New York City and Los Angeles? Articles in USA Today, Indianapolis Star, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and others point to the fact that Columbus has 500+ working fashion designers, putting our city third in the per-capita rankings of major U.S. cities.

Around town, there are plenty of ways to experience fashion through fashion shows, special events, and concerts, and we’d like to give CYP Club members the inside track:

Join us on Wednesday, July 2nd as we host a fashion-focused panel, Columbus is Fashion, from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Creekside Conference and Event Center. It’s part of our monthly Coffee Talk networking series.

Moderated by Angela An of WBNS-10TV, the panel will include: Tommy McClure, Executive Director of CMH Fashion Week; Stephanie Stein, Fashion Coordinator for Fashion Meets Music Festival; Kevin Cothren, Senior Merchant at EXPRESS, and a representative from Alternative Fashion Mob Columbus.

The event will be filmed, it includes coffee, juice, and a delicious continental breakfast catered by Taste Hospitality, and it costs only $10 to attend ($5 of which will be donated to CMH Fashion Week’s non-profit scholarship program for emerging designers)! Register now

Via Columbus Young Professionals