Wednesday, August 03, 2011

EVERY FRIDAY IN AUGUST IS 12 ANNUAL KIDFLIX FILM FEST OF BED-STUY

MoCADA and African Film Fest Proudly Host

The 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

In collaboration with Creative Outlet, Sweetbeatz, Violin Diva and Aamir Smith’s tribute to Michael Jackson

Sponsored by: Travelers Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Assemblywoman Annette Robinson, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Councilman Albert Vann and District Leader Robert E. Cornegy Jr.

KIDflix Date: Every Friday Night in the month of August (5, 12, 19, 26)

Rain Date: Final two Saturday’s in the month of August (20 & 27)

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Fulton Park (corner of Utica Avenue and Fulton Street)

A or C Train to Utica Avenue

Cost: Free to the Public


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The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and African Film Fest (AFF) proudly celebrate the 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bedford Stuyvesant this August! This year’s festival promises to be the most exciting line up ever with newly released film’s of the African Diaspora, live performances, Q&A opportunities with directors, art workshops for children and as always we will end with our grand finale dance party for The Wiz! In addition, MoCADA is thrilled to premier MoCADA TV prior to each feature film, which is an exciting new revolution that takes the African Diaspora outside of its Museum walls and into the world of television!

Marking the 12th Anniversary of the Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bed Stuy, this year’s selection will feature a very exciting and eclectic line up including:

August 5th – Performance: Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Academy - Feature: Brownstones to Red Dirt with director and actors attending the screening
Featured Film: Brownstones to Red Dirt, directed by Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker
Children from Marcy’s Housing Development in Bedford – Stuyvesant and orphans from Sierra Leone are featured in Brownstones to Red Dirt, a feature-length documentary, which tells the story of how these children find one another through a pen pal program that not only expands how they see the world but also shows them how much they have in common through shared experiences.

August 12th – Performance: Violin Diva (Jazz, RnB, Soul) - Short: Mwansa the Great - Feature: Soul Boy
Featured Film: Soul Boy, directed by Hawa Essuman and Tom Tykwer
Soul Boy is a 2010 Kenyan drama film, written by Billy Kahora and directed by Hawa Essuman. When his father falls ill a teenager sets out to find the cure, only to learn that a witch has stolen his father’s soul.

August 19th – Caribbean Night: A Night of Animated Shorts and Performances presented by CariBBeing Film Festival and Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
This evening will include children specific, African Diasporic film shorts from the Caribbean. Additionally, there will be performances from CASYM Steel Orchestra. This event will be a festive evening of Caribbean film and culture!

August 26th- Performance: Dance Like Michael workshop with Aamir Smith - Feature: The Wiz
Featured Film: The Wiz, directed by Sidney Lumet
Starring the beloved late Lena Horne as Glenda the Good Witch and the late Michael Jackson in his award winning role as Scarecrow, and the talented Diana Ross, The Wiz is a 1970s urban adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. This film version of the Tony award winning Broadway sensation will have you up out your sit, ready to “Ease on Down the Road”.

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About MoCADA
MoCADA is committed to creating a greater awareness and appreciation of the African Diaspora as it relates to contemporary urban issues through innovative exhibitions, public programs and educational interactive tours. Our mission is to undertake the responsibility of rewriting history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of our contributions to the historical, artistic and cultural landscape of the world.

About MoCADA TV
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art has for the past ten years been at the vanguard of contemporary African Diasporan culture, now the museum has partnered with Media MVMT to present to you the first season of MoCADA TV, a half hour television program dedicated to profiling, artists, cultural institutions and business of the African Diaspora.

About African Film Festival New York
For the past decade, African Film Festival, Inc. has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. We are particularly mindful of the many ways in which cinema is as much a medium of cultural exchange as an educational gate-way.

About Travelers Foundation
Travelers offers a wide variety of property and casualty insurance and surety products and services to businesses, organizations and individuals in the United States and in selected international markets. Travelers also provides support for charitable organizations

About Assemblywoman Annette Robinson
For the past seven years, Assemblywoman Annette Robinson has served the Bedford Stuyvesant community. She was elected in 2002 by an overwhelming majority of 90% of the vote. Her dedication to the youth in the community extends as she is a generous contributor to this year’s KIDflix celebration.
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