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.