The seventeenth Annual African-American Film Festival is proudly organized by local community leaders at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. It is scheduled for the months of January, February and March this year. James Drayton (a former West Palm Beach commissioner and a active advocate for equality rights as well as justice) was the founder of the festival. It is an annual celebration of African American culture and race relations, as well as honoring African American artists with groundbreaking films. Every night, there is an insightful intro to the film’s topic that is led by a knowledgeable professional.
Please join us on the 1st of January at 2:45pm for the premiere of the highly acclaimed film A Raisin in the Sun (directed by Daniel Petrie). Starring Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil, this film is about the Youngers, one of the African American family living together living in a home located in Chicago which is trying to figure out what they should do with their large assurance payment after the passing of their patriarch. TreaAndrea Russworm (PhD.) will host in a panel discussion that will be open to the audience and feature William Nix Thomas Parham, and Avery Sommers.
at 2:00 pm on March 3 on March 3, at 2:00 pm on March 3. Terri Francis will moderate the panel along which will feature Eduardo Culmer Jr., Breion Moss and Dwayne. The discussion will center around Ava Duvernay’s documentary THthat explores the history of racial inequities within the United States and examines the realities of African Americans disproportionately populating the prisons of the nation. It will also discuss John Singleton’s film Poetic Justice. In it there is a mismatched pair of characters that are Justice and Lucky (Tupac) Shakur take a reluctant road trip to South Central Los Angeles, California until Oakland.
NALES Film Festival sheds light on the long-standing racism. The event will be moderated by Nadine White-Boyd Esquire. as well as panelists Reverend Kevin Jones, James Venable, James Venable, and Alexis Lockhart shall be present. A catered reception in the lobby of the Rinker Playhouse will take place prior to the festival. James Drayton and AnEta Selwell have hosted events in the past. They carefully studied before deciding to curate an assortment of movies that are relevant and could serve as catalysts for community discussion. Some of the films will bring back memories and are some of the best.
American Film Festival is proud to host the festival with the help by WLRN Public Media, and patronage from the Kappa Upsilon Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Rush discount tickets for students/teachers can also be purchased for every screening. The moderator for the evening is TreaAndrea M. Russworm PhD. an interdisciplinarity media scholar who specializes in digital and video game media.
“Dr. Terri Francis, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts and Associate Dean of Inclusion and Outreach for over 20 years, has uncovered and questioned the various ways that psychoanalytic society is used as a way to govern racial ideology which is built around a flawed understanding of the need to “recognize” the”racial non-human” in a human way by looking at the various forms of popular culture including Sidney’s films as well as black mother-daughter family melodramas, Black pimp narratives and cartoons Fat Albert post s American popular stories.
American Film Festival is proudly sponsored by WLRN Public Media, the Kappa Upsilon Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and honors American cinemamaking by presenting a set of carefully curated films. Tickets can be bought for single screenings and all of the series at www.kravis.org, or by making a phone call at (-) or (+). The screenings are free to educators and students so everybody can take part in this wonderful occasion. Thanks to TreaAndrea M. Russworm with her PhD as moderator The American Film Festival is sure to be unforgettable.