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Only 10 days before the start of ADFF 2003!

11th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival From November 28 to December
14, 2003. For information about film submission visit www.NYADFF.org

ADFF receives grant from the Film Academy

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences has awarded grants to 17 film festivals across the country for
the year 2004. The African Diaspora Film Festival is one of those
recipients with a $10,000 award.

The African American experience in ADFF 2003

The African American experience has been one of the main focuses in ADFF
since 1993. Some of the films that were screened for the first time in
the context of ADFF over the years include SANKOFA by Haile Gerima, the
Opening Night film in 1993; BLEEDING HEARTS by the late Gregory Hines
and THE KEEPER by Joe Brewster both screened during ADFF 1996; THE
DINNER by Bernie Casey in 1997; A BELLY FULL by Melvin Van Peebles, ADFF
2000; A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY by Spike Lee, ADFF 2001; and THE MURDER OF
EMMETT TILL by Stanley Nelson and THE ANNIHILATION OF FISH by Charles
Burnett both showed in ADFF 2002.

Another Charles Burnett film will premiere in ADFF 2003:NAT TURNER, A
TROUBLESOME PROPERTY, a perfectly executed docu-drama that revisits the
various literary interpretations of the legacy of Nat Turner, presented
both as a rightfully rebellious slave inspired by God and as a vicious
crazy savage with destructive instincts. Veteran independent filmmaker
Larry Clark will travel to New York to present his latest film, CUTTING
HORSE, a modern day western about a legendary horseman named Tyler who
returns home after ten years of drifting to find his friends besieged
with a host of problems having to do with greed and desire. Larry Clark
will also present his classic film PASSING THROUGH, an eloquent and
powerful testament to the spirit of Black music starring Clarence Muse
and Nathaniel Taylor. Music has always been an important element of
African American life. In STOLEN MOMENTS by Shaka King, leading Black
journalists, musicians, and hip hop impresarios weigh-in on the
commercialization
of hip hop. Once a tool for liberation, it is now a tool in the arsenal
of major corporations. With appearances by Russell Simmons, Greg Tate,
Bobitto, Iceberg, Harry Allen and Rah Goddess. STOLENT MOMENTS will be
screened with AFRO-PUNK: THE ROCK AND ROLL NIGGER EXPERIENCE, a
fascinating and revealing window to the little known and understood
world of Blacks who associate with the predominantly white
music and social world of the Punk movement. In the Jazz Program of the
festival, KEEPING TIME: THE LIFE, MUSIC & PHOTOGRAPHS OF MILT HINTON is
an affectionate and deeply moving documentary on the life of the
celebrated jazz bassist.

ADFF features the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color
as well as black theme films --no matter what the filmmaker's race or
nationality. KEEPING Time is such a film. Other outstanding films made
by European Americans to be presented in the festival this year include
DYLAN'S RUN about a young politician who made history by
becoming the first Black Republican to run for Congress in the Deep
South since Reconstruction; and UNPRECEDENTED: THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL
ELECTIONS, a well researched and documented documentary that
demonstrates how the Bush family stole the 2000 presidential election in
Florida and disenfranchised thousands of Black voters in the process.

Sometimes team collaboration between people of different races but with
similar a background give outstanding results: Witness the film RAGE
AND DISCIPLINE a close collaboration between director Brian Clyde and
lead actor, producer Joe Suba. RAGE AND DISCIPLINE, which will have its
World Premiere during ADFF 2003, is a well-crafted, skillfully rendered
tale of crime and punishment in Harlem. Not to be missed.

Another outstanding film by a young independent filmmaker to be
presented this year is THE RIGHT Question by African American filmmaker
Benjamin David Smith who plays the lead as a sociology graduate student
who spends his last semester on the street in order to write his thesis
on homelessness.

One of the themes in the year's festival is the theme of Love to be
explored both in films -- with the Love Short Program featuring HIS/HER
STORY by Nzinga Kadlie Kemp, STRANGE AND CHARMED by Shari Frilot, MAYBE
by Carl Fond and LOVE IN HARLEM by Julius I. Key – and through ADFF's
Panel Discussions with the panel "Black on Black Love" to be held at
Teachers College, Columbia University on Saturday,
December 13.

The WOMEN INDIES'S NIGHT at the Schomburg Center sponsored by NYWIFT
will feature JUNETEENTH COMMUNITY by Carolyn Y. Johnson, an informative
documentary about this important African American tradition, and SISTERS
IN CINEMA. Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon examines in this documentary the
phenomenon of black female directors in American cinema revealing a
rich, if sporadic, history. Fascinating, poignant interviews with new
and established filmmakers such as: Neema
Barnette, Julie Dash, Maya Angelou, Kasi Lemmons and Euzhan Palcy. The
screening will be followed by a Panel Discussion with Carolyn Y.
Johnson, Yvonnes Welbon and some of the filmmakers featured in the film
including Theresa Brown, Bridgett M. Davis, and Vanessa Middleton.

The Gay Film Program will feature two very interesting documentaries:
BUTCH MYSTIQUE about the rules, thoughts, passions, and concerns of
African American butch-stud, identified lesbians; and THE EDGE OF EACH
OTHER?S BATTLES: THE VISION OF AUDRE LORDE, a tribute to legendary Black
lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde.

Finally, not to be missed, as part of the "Working Girls" program, is
HOOKERS AT THE POINT: FIVE YEARS LATER by Brent Owens who revisits the
sultry streets of Hunts Point in the South Bronx after doing over 12
years of research on the topic of prostitution.

For a full program of the festival, to find screening days and times and
to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.NYADFF.org.
 
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