Skip to main content

23rd Annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival Nov 27 to Dec 13 2015

From a media release:

NEW YORK SHINES IN THE
23rd ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
November 27 to December 13, 2015

Find out about the Festival here 
Find out about their South Africa focus here 
Download the complete schedule

New York, November 18, 2015 -- New York City is considered the center of independent cinema in the US. The large number of film festivals that showcase independent films from all over the world in New York City is remarkable. The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is one of those festivals.

The 23rd African Diaspora Film Festival is to be held in Manhattan, New York City from November 27 to December 13 at MIST Harlem, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and Teachers College, Columbia University with the presentation of more than 50 films, including 26 US and NY Premieres.

Dedicated to showcasing independent films that explore the human experience of people of color, ADIFF has enriched for many years the cultural landscape of New York City and is proud to announce, as part of its 23rd edition, a selection of films Made in New York and/or directed by New York based filmmakers.



ADIFF 2015 FILMS MADE IN NEW YORK
• "The Bicycle" by James Richards is a Queens set family film that takes a child and an adult on a journey through the many worlds that make up their community thus connecting them in a way neither could have imagined.
• "Cu-Bop: Cuba -- New York Music Documentary" by Shinichi Takahashi follows the gifted young Cuban pianist Axel Tosca who lives in New York City, and performs as the leader of (U)NITY, a band which fuses Afro-Cuban culture with modern jazz and hip-hop.
• "Shelter" by Paul Bettany and starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie tackles drug addiction and homelessness in the streets of Manhattan.
• "The Challenger" by Kent Moran, featuring Michael Clarke Duncan in his last role,  is a boxing drama set in the Bronx.
• "Lift Every Voice" by Dallas Alexis is about a teacher who was able to get her students motivated and interested into the New York State/City High School  Regents' Exams by incorporating RAP and HIP-HOP into her lectures.



ADIFF 2015 FILMS MADE BY NEW YORK BASED FILMMAKERS
• Stanley Nelson will present his latest documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" about the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party during the 1960s and beyond
• Sabrina Schmidt Gordon will present her documentary "BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez" about the legendary poet, playwright, activist and seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement (pictured right).
• Carol Bash will present her documentary "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band" about the pianist and composer who helped shape the sound of 20th century America with her innovative style.
• Jordi Torrens will present "Invisible Heroes: African American in the Spanish Civil War" which tells the remarkable story of African Americans who fought as volunteers in Spain for democracy and for civil rights that were denied to them in their own country
• Melissa Lefkowitz and Dorian Carli-Jones will present their film "China Remix" a short documentary that explores  the Chinese city Guangzhou"™s burgeoning African entertainment industry.
• Geeta Gandbhir will present her documentary "A Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers" which follows three women in an all-female, predominantly Muslim unit of police officers sent to post-earthquake Haiti as UN Peacekeepers for one year.
• James Richards, director of "The Bicycle" and Dallas Alexis, director of "Lift Every Voice" are also New York based filmmakers.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
  ....that showcases films about the human experience of people  of color all over the world
  ....that offers an alternative world view
  ....that enhances the cultural landscape of the USA
  ....that encourages dialog across communities
  ....that could use your support

Comments

What Else Is Hot This Week?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

From a media release:

POLINA SEMIONOVA TO APPEAR AS GUEST ARTIST
WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
FOR 2011 SPRING SEASON AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

So You Can't Go:
Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

Blues/Rock: The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now? (Independent / 24 July 2020)

Blues/Rock:
The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now?
(Independent / 24 July 2020) Buy the CD Big vocals and infectious grooves make up this release from The Cole Patenaude Band. It's modern blues with a classic sensibility, anchored by solid musicianship and upbeat songwriting. 
Keyboard player Dean Thiessen and Patenaude on guitar trade off solos and melodic lines to keep it interesting through a range of bluesy style, incorporating rock and country, with a pop song sheen on songs like For the Money. Would You Be Mine is more Elvis-esque rockabilly, while How To Love is an acoustic song with folky storytelling lyrics and feel. 
Compromise is a standout track, with a snarly guitar line and a churchy organ swelling underneath a nice bluesy beat. Horns aren't credited in the notes, but I swear I heard some on this and a couple of the other tracks. 
As a husband, father, and full-time mechanic based in Langley, British Columbia, finding the time to make his music was a challenge…