Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:00PM @ Scribe Video Center
Filmmakers Mike Dennis & Daryl DeBrest in person
Lady Alma performs live prior to screening!
Reelblack has dug into its vault to create Leaked Night At The Five Spot (2012, 90 min), a compilation of classic and unseen clips by artists who made their name at the legendary Black Lily. Many of the artists who performed there would quickly garner nationwide fame including Jazmine Sullivan, Floetry, Kindred The Family Soul, Lady Alma and Jaguar Wright. MORE INFO
13 powerful short films in one evening!
Friday, June 8, 7PM
Scribe Video Center
FREE & Open to the public
Filmmaker Nuala Cabral and Theresa Navarro, Arts Engine, Inc
Director of Community Programs & Outreach in person
The Media That Matters Film Festival, organized by non-profit organization Arts Engine, Inc, is the premier showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.
Walking Home (4:03 min, USA)
Directed by Nuala Cabral. Produced by Third World Newsreel (Filmmaker Nuala Cabral in person)
Walking Home is an experimental piece about women ritually facing street harassment as they walk home. Shot in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, it mixes 16mm film, video, poetry and music in an effort to honor and reclaim our voice, name and humanity in the public sphere. This is for the walkers, talkers and those who say nothing.
After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffee Lands (6:11 min, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua)
Directed by Brian Kimmel, Producer, Laura Peterson
SPECIAL EVENT: "Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens" Director John L. Jackson & More in person
Directors John L. Jackson, Jr. and Deborah A. Thomas
and producer Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn IN PERSON
Friday, December 9, 7:00 PM @ Scribe Video Center
$5, Free for Scribe members
Featuring a live opening performance by Ancient Vibrations
The documentary, Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens, focuses on a community of Rastafarians in western Jamaica who annually commemorate the 1963 Coral Gardens "incident," a moment just after independence when the Jamaican government rounded up, jailed and tortured hundreds of Rastafarians. It chronicles the history of violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its most iconic community, and shows how people use their recollections of past traumas to imagine new possibilities for the future. (Jamaica, 2011, 68 minutes, English & Jamaican Creole w/English Subtitles)
John L. Jackson, Jr. - Producer and Co-Director
John L. Jackson is Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has produced several fiction and non-fiction films, features and shorts. He is the author of Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America, Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity, and Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.
Deborah A. Thomas - Producer and Co-Director
Kicking off a series of events celebrating Scribe’s 30th Anniversary Season, Scribe Café presents screenings in September featuring work by Scribe Members, Instructors, Documentary History Project for Youth Alumni, and Staff.
Refreshments will be on hand.
Friday, September 6, 2013 7:00PM
@ Scribe Video Center
$5, Free for Scribe members
Whether it is their first documentary or first project cut in FCP, this selection of work by Scribe members is truly unforgettable and will surely inspire first time filmmakers.
Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater’s timeless and timely Motherless (1992) is a half-hour documentary which explores the tragedy of death from illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade. Three women and one man, whose mothers died due to complications from abortion before its legalization, discuss the trauma of loving and then losing a mother at a young age.
In The Dance in Aunt Ida Lee (1994) Tina Morton renders a charming and disarming portrait of her great aunt Ida, age 103, who shares memories of her days as a performer and her love of life, music, dance and God.
Based on a short story by Linda K. Wright, Judith Redding's American Gothic (2009) is a brief and telling study of violence and emotional dysfunction in American families as it follows an elderly pair of parents while they wait for their son, who has escaped from an unspecified institution, to return home.
A Back-Stage Piece (2013) by Dina Dashiell is about women behind the scenes. Independent female film-makers, directors, sound technicians and more - take the audience on a journey through their lives. Women from all over the globe speak openly about their diverse genres and art forms, networking and goals.
Sam Zolten's Odunde (1999), is a short documentary highlighting the Yoruban Spring ritual and included in Termite TV’s Schuylkill River series and presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater are recipients of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Since 1990, Attie and Goldwater have collaborated on award-winning documentaries for national and international broadcast. Major documentary collaborations by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater include: Mrs. Goundo's Daughter (2009), Rosita (2005), Maggie Growls (2003), I Witness: Shot Down in Pensacola (1998), and Landowska: Uncommon Visionary (1997).
In addition to A Back-Stage Piece, Dina Dashiell has created the short documentary, When Everybody Goes Home, which explores her life experience, witnessing over thirty years of homicides in Philadelphia. Dina was the recipient of an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation in 2009.
Tina Morton is a media activist, video oral historian, Associate Professor at Howard University, and 2010 Pew Fellowship in The Arts recipient. Deeply committed to facilitating members of community groups in telling their own stories, Tina has taught various organizations how to use media for social activism. In 2010 in Dakar, Senegal she taught young women and men how to use video for social change with the Young Women’s Knowledge and Leadership Institute. Presently Tina is working on documenting Odunde the oldest continuously running African American Festival in Philadelphia, and is the videographer for Roxana Walker-Canton’s upcoming documentary, Living Thinkers: The Autobiography of a Community of Women.
Judith Redding's has had her award-winning short films screened at national and international film festivals and broadcast on American public television. She is the co-author of Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors, which profiles 33 of independent film’s finest. Judith studied at the London International Film School in London, England, and now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sam Zolten is a photographer/filmmaker living in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. His film credits include Just Call Me Kade, a 26-minute documentary chronicling the transition of a female to male transgender teenager, distributed by Frameline and featured in gay & lesbian film festivals around the world amd Sam and Squirrel, a 26-minute documentary highlighting African drumming culture of inner-city Philadelphia.
Friday, August 2, 2013, 7PM
@Scribe Video Center
$5, Free for Scribe members
Art of Solidarity (AoS) is a cultural exchange program that fosters artistic collaboration between North American and Nicaraguan artists, educators, and activists. It was founded by community artists Maria Gabriela Aldana and Aleks Martray in partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art. Since 2008, AoS has partnered with VIMAU Productions (Esteli, Nicaragua) to produce over 10 documentary films that cover a wide-range of social and cultural issues. The projects have engaged dozens of community groups and youth through the filmmaking process and produced works that have been shown internationally at film festivals and on Nicaraguan television. In July 2013 VIMAU’s founders Jonys Díaz and Eddy Avendaño will be in Baltimore, MD for an artist residency working with Latino immigrant youth on a media project called De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You’re From).
Musica Por El Pueblo is the story of the Children's Municipal Band of Esteli, Nicaragua as told by its founders and youth participants. It documents how the orchestra was established as a grassroots effort to engage youth through classical, regional and popular music and how it has impacted their lives. (18:48)
Las Puertas de Esperanza documents how inmates at the “Doors of Hope” prison in Esteli, Nicaragua use theatre to tell the story of their plight to overcome gang violence and broken families in order to realize their true potential in the face of the challenging conditions of prison life. (20:00)
La Gran Nacion blends documentary and narrative fiction to tell the story of a teen dealing issues of immigration, its effects on families, and the struggle for upward mobility. It was written and produced by youth in Limay, Nicaragua through a two-week media workshop facilitated by Art of Solidarity. (13:51)
De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You’re From) documents the untold stories of Baltimore’s Latino youth immigrants- their journeys and their aspirations. The project was a collaboration between Art of Solidarity and VIMAU Productions with support from the Creative Alliance, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Casa Maryland, Mi Espacio, Education Based Latino Outreach and Community Conversations. (15:00)
VIMAU is a an alternative media space and production company located in the municipality of Esteli, Nicaragua with over 4 years of experience in audiovisual and graphic production. They develop strategies of innovative and creative communication for social causes. Founded by Jonys Díaz and Eddy Avendaño, their work has been broadcast on Nicaraguan television and screened internationally.
Maria Gabriela Aldana is a Nicaraguan-American multidisciplinary artmaker, teacher and social activist. She currently serves as the full-time Outreach Coordinator for the Creative Alliance where she organizes and builds community through art, song and performance. Aldana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Community Arts (MACA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
Aleks Martray is an artist and educator who uses visual art, music, and digital media as a vehicle for empowering and connecting people. Aleks received his BFA in painting and MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked with the Baltimore Mural Program, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Scribe Video Center, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, Big Picture Alliance and is the co-founder and faculty of an arts-based study abroad program in Nicaragua through the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has traveled internationally as a musician and documentary filmmaker throughout North and Central America.
Storyville is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts