Producers' Forum: Strong Island
Lightbox Film Center
3701 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Scribe Video Center is thrilled to present Strong Island directed by Yance Ford (USA, 2017, 107 min)
WITH YANCE FORD IN PERSON
Strong Island chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy - from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America. A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice.
Yance Ford is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellowship, and was among Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2011. For ten years Ford was privileged to work as Series Producer for the PBS showcase POV and where his curatorial work helped garner more than 16 Emmy nominations.
Producers’ Forum in-person screening series is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council in the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
This screening is co-sponsored with the Temple University Film and Media Arts Department