Venue: Community Folk Art Center (CFAC)
Address: 805 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Tickets: Adults: $5 Students: $3 Seniors: $3 Children 12 & under $2
(Syracuse, NY) – The Community Folk Art Center is excited to announce the line-up of films selected to be screened at the Caribbean Cinematic Film Festival, taking place October 23 – 26. All film screenings and special events will take place at the Community Folk Art Center, located at 805 East Genesee Street in Syracuse New York. For tickets and additional information, visit http://www.communityfolkartcenter.orgor call (315) 442-2230.
The festival will be a four-day celebration of Caribbean cinematic storytelling. This year’s schedule boasts a line-up of thought-provoking, entertaining independent cinema, documentaries, short films and animation from Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Tobago and Cuba.
The goal of the annual Community Folk Art Center film fest is to showcase the rich creativity, vision and thematic breadth of film makers, producers and actors found in communities of color locally, nationally and internationally.Besides screening a unique collection of films, the festival will also feature Q&A sessions with guest directors, workshops and panel discussions.
The Caribbean Film Festival is produced by the Community Folk Art Center Inc., a non-profit visual arts and culture organization that is dedicated to providing audiences with opportunities to discover and engage art that fosters better understanding and communication between peoples of diverse cultures, faiths, and lifestyles.
The Caribbean Cinematic Film Festival opens Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. with a screening of Guttaperc by award-winning Bajan producer/director Andrew Millington.
This semi-biographical drama tells the story of a 10-year-old boy spending a holiday with his grandparents in a small Barbados village. The holiday is interrupted by news that the government plans to build a tourist resort on village land, a turn of events that leads the young boy to learn hard truths about society’s contradictions.
Stay for an 8:30 p.m. Q&A with Director Andrew Millington. Millington has worked on numerous industry and independent productions, serving as assistant director on Haile Germima’s internationally acclaimed Sankofa.Born in Barbados, Millington has lived in the U.S. for 13 years and studied film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Millington is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University.
Friday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. Millington will treat attendees to a world premiere screening of his new drama Zora’s Dream. This is a powerful and poignant story of a grandfather’s visit to South Carolina’s sea islands.This visit triggers the grandfather¹ traumatic memory of the lynching of his father and teaches his granddaughter the importance of fighting injustice.
Other festival highlights include a panel discussion with director Andrew Millington and Dr. Shelia Aird. Panelists will discuss the impact of tourism and corporate development on Caribbean culture.
Dr. Aird received her P.h.D in Latin and Caribbean History and M.A. in History from Howard University. Dr. Aird is currently an Assistant Professor and Academic Area Coordinator of Global Studies at SUNY Empire State College.
Prior to her appointment at Empire State College, Dr. Aird was an adjunct Professor in the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University.
Saturday, October 25th is packed with cinematic goodies. Screening at 1:00 p.m. will be Animae Caribe presented in collaboration with the Animae Caribe Film Festival of Trinidad. This collection of family friendly animated short films is sure to delight any young film fest¹ adventurer.
At 2:00 p.m. for the young animae enthusiast is an Animae Workshop with artist Yvonne Buchanan in the 2-D art room. Cost of admission is $2 per child.
At 2:00 p.m. in the Main Gallery will be a Talk and Q&A with Founder and Director of Caribe Anime, Camille Abrahams.
Screening at 6:00 p.m. is Sistagod by director Yao Ramesar. Sistagod is the first feature of a trilogy that tells the story of the coming of a black female messiah in the future, during a period known as the Apocalypso a global holocaust that she alone survives.
Director Yao Ramesar is an award-winning Caribbean filmmaker, born in Tamale, Ghana, West Africa. Ramesar holds a B.A. in Film Production and M.F.A. in Film Directing from Howard University, where he studied under African American filmmakers Haile Gerima and Abiyi Ford. He lectures in TV/Film at the Festival Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
Closing out this year¹s festival, Sunday, October 26th at 3:00 p.m. is !Yo Soy Boricua, Pa¹Que Tu Lo Sepas! (I¹m Boriqua Just So You Know). Rosie Perez in her directorial debut, explores the political history, social activism and national pride of Puerto Rican people. This labor of love takes her from New York to Miami and finally the island of Puerto Rico. Through the richness of the island’s history, we discover its complex relationship with America.
From sterilization programs in Puerto Rico to economic empowerment protests in New York, led by the Young Lords, Rosie, seamlessly weaves together interviews and narrative and creates a documentary that is both entertaining and educational.
The Community Folk Art Center is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Cultural Resources Council, The Coalition of Museums & Art Centers at Syracuse University, The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and The Office of the Chancellor at Syracuse University. Our media sponsors are CNY Latino, Urban CNY and WAER 88.3. The Genesee Grande and Park View Hotels are the officialaccommodations for guests of The Community Folk Art Center.
The Community Folk Art Center is a unit of the African American Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. CFAC is a vibrant cultural and artistic hub committed to the promotion and development of artists of the African Diaspora.
The mission of the center is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching and interpreting the visual & expressive arts.
CARIBBEAN CINEMATIC FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Guttaperc (84min, 1998 USA and Barbados)
Director: Andrew Millington
Talk-back with director Andrew Millington
Zora’s Dream (90min, USA and Barbados)
Director: Andrew Millington
Animae Caribe: Short Films
Q&A with Founder and Director of Caribe Animae Film Festival, Camille
Kids Animae Workshop with artist Yvonne Buchanan
Sistagod (72min, Trinidad and Tobago 2006)
Director: Yao Ramesar
!Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! (I’m a Boricua Just So You Know)
(86 min, USA 2006)
Director: Rosie Perez