Category Archives: American film

Hausa hiphop artist Nazir Hausawa (Ziriums) featured in Recording a Revolution: Hiphop and Social Change in Africa, Alachua County Library Headquarters, Gainsville, Florida, USA, 23 February 2013


Hausa hiphop artist Ziriums (Nazir Hausawa) will take part in an African Hip Hop event at the Alachua County Library Headquarters, in Gainesville, Florida, USA, on Saturday 23 February 2013. Ziriums was featured in the documentary Recording a Revolution, by Alex Johnson and Saman Piracha, which will screen 10am-11am. Ziriums will host a Q&A from 11am-12pm The event also features discussions with founding member of Dead Prez M1, Kamau Ngigi, founding member of Kalamashaka, a Kenyan Hip Hop group, and Michael Wanguhu, the director of the award winning documentary Ni Wakati (It’s Time), which will screen from 1-2pm.

The event is sponsored by the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida and the Alachua County Library District.

For more information, see the poster and the press release below.

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Recording a Revolution: Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa

Event Time: Saturday February 23, 2013: 10 am-5 pm

Event Location: Alachua County Library Headquarters, 4th floor

Recording a Revolution is an event that brings together artists, scholars and documentary filmmakers to discuss hip hop, the visual arts, and political activism in Africa. Two new documentaries will be presented along with a panel including the films’ directors/producers and featured hip hop artists, including American hip hop artist M1, founding member of dead prez. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the representation of and by artists/activists of Africa and the African diaspora, and open up a public dialogue about social and political concerns in Africa. As it coincides with Black History Month, this event will also encourage a discussion between the historical linkages between Africa and its diaspora.

The two African hip hop artists – Nazir Hausawa (aka ‘Ziriums’) of Nigeria and Kamau Ngigi of Kenya – will arrive several days before the event. If anyone is interested in meeting with them on Thursday or Friday (February 21-22), or would like more information about the featured movies or artists, please contact Sue O’Brien (smobrien@ufl.edu).

This event is sponsored by the Alachua County Public Library, as well as the Center for African Studies and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Best 25 Film School Rankings


For those interested in film school possibilities, here is the Hollywood Reporter‘s ranking of what it consideres to be the top 25 film schools in the world. As with any ranking, it must be taken with a grain of salt (most of the schools listed are in the United States [and the majority in the state of California], with only one in Asia, and four in Europe), but of particular interest to Nigerian filmmakers may be the less expensive non-American schools on this list.

To read the entire ranking which The Hollywood Reporter states is its “inaugural list (comprised with help from industry insiders) of the world’s best” with details on each school, click through to the Hollywood Reporter article. I’ve listed the schools from the article here with links to each university.

1. American Film Institute (Los Angeles, California, USA)

2. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California, USA)

3. Beijing Film Academy (Beijing, China)

4. New York University Tisch School of the Arts (Manhattan, New York, USA)

5. University of Southern California Los Angeles (UCLA) (Los Angeles, California, USA)

6. California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, California, USA)

7. The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)

8. Columbia University School of the Arts (Manhattan, New York, USA)

9. Wesleyan University (Middleton, Connecticut, USA)

10. The National Film and Television School (Beaconsfield, United Kingdom)

11. La Femis (Paris, France)

12. University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)

13. University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas, USA)

14. The Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School (Lodz, Poland)

15. Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York, USA)

16. Stanford University (Palo Alto, California, USA)

17. Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

18. Emerson Visual and Media Arts School (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

19. Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California, USA)

20. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

21. Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

22. Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (Orange, California, USA)

23. Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida, USA)

24. Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA)

25. Colorado Film School (Denver, Colorado, USA)

 

Pan-African Film Festival, Los Angeles, call for submissions. Deadline: 31 October 2011


 

The following came from pitchengine.com. Curiously, it has not yet been updated on the official Pan African Film Festival website:

The Pan African Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions

Film Festival Set to Celebrate 20 Years of Cinematic Journeys Around the World

07.22.2011– LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is proud to announce its 20th anniversary of taking movie goers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe. PAFF will be held on February 9-20, 2012 in Los Angeles. The film festival is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South African, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened the minds of its audiences, and transported them to lands far away and back home again. “Over the years, the filmmakers from around the world have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF.

Currently, PAFF is accepting submissions of independent features, shorts, narratives and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. Applications are available via the PAFF website at www.paff.org, by emailing ao@paff.org or calling (310) 337-4737.

Eligibility:
The PAFF is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note: the filmmaker(s) need not be of African descent.) Films should preferably depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts both narrative and documentary. The film festival will accept submissions of works in progress; however, films and videos must be completed no later than December 31, 2011.

Competition:
The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary (short or feature length), Best Narrative Short, Jury Award, Director-First Feature, Festival Award and Audience Favorite. Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2011. With the exception of Audience Favorite and Festival Award all films are judged by industry professionals, selected by PAFF.

Submission:
For information about the festival, submission procedures, fees and registration, visit www.paff.org or call 310. 337-4737. Submission will be accepted from July 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011. Late submissions will be accepted until December 1, 2011. Official selection announcements will be made beginning December 15, 2011.

About the Pan African Film Festival
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, is gearing up for its 20th year of screening more than 125 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.

US Embassy Documentary Film Festival in Lagos, Abuja, and Kano


I am still trying to find the exact details of time and place, but the U.S. Embassy is bringing an American documentary film festival to Lagos, Abuja, and Kano from August 2-5. According to Adelani Adepegba at Nigeria Best Forum:

Addressing a media conference on the festival in Abuja on Tuesday, the US Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer, Victoria Sloan stated that selections made from 30 thought-provoking, award- winning documentaries by American film-makers would be shown at different times on August 4 in the screening room of the Abuja Film Village International and the auditorium of the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Arts and Culture.

Sloan added that the screening at the AFVI would feature master classes that would be conducted for Nigerian movie professionals by an American film expert while the screening at the other venue would be open to the general public.

The Cultural Attaché explained that the films would showcase facts about American life and culture, describing such documentaries as King Kong, Flow for love of water, and Big River as classics that should not be missed by the discerning person.

For more information, see also the Leadership article: “Nation, U.S. Partner on Cultural Relations” I will post the details when I find them.