Our Image Film and Arts' Annual Film and Arts Festival recognizes some of the best Black independent local, national and international film makers, artists and musicians currently working today. The weekend will be filled with a host of esteemed and award-winning short and feature films from Black artists both near and far. Additionally, attendees will enjoy opening and closing receptions including food, live music, dancing and artwork.
This year's lineup opens with Saul Williams starring in the multi-award winning film Tey (Today). An audience Q&A with Williams follows the screening.
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Oct. 25, 6 p.m. - Tey (Today) starring Saul Williams
Meditative and exotic, French/Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ film tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth. It is a poetic and experimental narrative that prompts the audience to contemplate their own mortality.
Oct. 26, 11 a.m. - Shorts and Features: The Tombs, Sundays at Noon and Thugs, The Musical
In The Tombs, the film follows a Brooklyn man's three-day journey through New York's infamous central booking jail system. Sundays at Noon is about a teenaged girl and the father she did not grow up with as they try to become family. Thugs, The Musical is a hilarious "mockumentary" featuring performances by David Alan Grier and Margaret Cho.
Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. - Let's Stay Together and Destination: Planet Negro
In romantic comedy Let's Stay Together, Parker's friends thinks he is crazy for believing that Al Green's new album will bring fractured families back together upon it's release. Parker is making a documentary about the difficulty African American families face in staying together, but he knows Al Green's music can save them all. Planet Negro has the feel of low-budget 1950s sci-fi, as leaders including W.E.B. DuBois and George Washington Carver kick off a secret plot to solve the "Negro Problem" by way of a rocket ship to Mars.
Oct. 26, 10:30 p.m. - Closing night reception with DJ Flash Gordon Parks and live music from Amira3