The East End African American Museum presents the 7th Annual East End Black Film Festival featuring five films:
Raising Izzie a family film about two young girls on their own, the classic Purlie Victorious made in 1964 starring Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, The Last/First Kiss, a short film about a romantic encounter between two twenty-something strangers, The Learning Tree, Gordon Parks' classic film about an African-American teenager coming of age in 1920s Kansas, and Hoodwinked, a documentary by award-winning director Janks Morton.
A discussion with Mr. Morton ends the festival.
12:30 pm Raising Izzie (2012)
Writer: David Conley
Greg and Tonya's attempt to build a family have been unsuccessful. Tonya longs to share the love and nurturing she puts into her job as a teacher with children of her own. Is it God's will that they will have children?
Actors: Rockmond Dunbar, Vanessa Williams, Han Soto, and Victoria Staley
2:15pm Purlie Victorious (1963)
"Gone Are the Days"
When Ossie Davis's "Purlie Victorious" premiered on Broadway in 1961, America's Civil Rights movement was gearing up for a tumultuous decade. This film version of the play follows the dogged efforts of a black preacher (Ossie Davis), and the young girl who fancies him (Ruby Dee), to swindle an inheritance from the plantation owner he once served (Sorrell Booke, of "The Dukes of Hazzard). Alan Alda co-stars in his first film role.
4:15pm The Last/First Kiss (2012) (short)
Director: Brooklyn born Andrea Ashton
Two Twenty-something strangers accidentally encounter one another in a park and forge an unexpected connection leading to a spontaneous yet short lived romance.
45 minute intermission
5:15pm The Learning Tree (1969)
A film drama which tells the story of a young African American growing up in rural Kansas during the late 1920s and early 1930s when racial discrimination was a social norm and legally sanctioned in parts of the United States. Written and directed by Gordon Parks, the film is based upon his 1964 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. It is the first Hollywood studio film to be directed by an African American. In 1989, The Learning Tree was selected for preservation in United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
7:15pm Hoodwinked (2012)
A film that examines the institutional forces that shape perceptions of black males and affect how they regard themselves. Documentarian Janks Morton has a simple message when it comes to statistics that portray African Americans in a negative light: Go to the source and fact-check the figures for yourself. This rare cinematic experience features an array of real-life Black scholars--including Boyce Watkins, finance professor at Syracuse University, Marc Lamont Hill, an education professor at Columbia University and Ivory Toldosn, professor of counseling psychology at Harvard University--opining on statistics and stereotypes and their impact on the souls of Black folk, particularly the young.
Followed by a Q&A by producer Janks Morton
Seventh Annual East End Black Film Fest