Storyville: La Camioneta by Mark Kendall


Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 PM
Scribe Video Center
$5, Free for Scribe members

Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. LA CAMIONETA follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.
(USA/Guatemala, 2012, 72 min, Spanish w/English subtitles)

Special Presentation of Arthur Jafa: In Process


Thursday, July 31 NOON-1:30 PM
$20; $10 for Scribe members; Free for BlackStar Film Festival passholders
at Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker, cinematographer, intellectual, and visual artist Arthur Jafa has been a visionary in his articulation of a Black aesthetic in cinema. This aesthetic has developed from an understanding of the science of light and sound capture and how that science is connected to culture. During this special presentation, Jafa will talk about the creation of his latest film, Dreams Are Colder Than Death, a project that has allowed him to test his theories of optics, frame rates, motion capture and sensor resolution as technologies that can be shaped to be part of uniquely Black mode of expression.

Presented in Partnership with BlackStar Film Festival

The 3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival, celebrating independent from work of the African diaspora, takes place from July 31-August 3, 2014. For more info visit Follow BlackStar Film Festival @blackstarfest and #BlackStar14.

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Producers' Forum: Dreams Are Colder Than Death


Thursday, July 31, 6:30PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members, Free for BlackStar passholders

Director Arthur Jafa in person

An unprecedented 'stream of the black consciousness' and a strikingly original look at black intellectual and emotional life, Dreams Are Colder Than Death examines what it means to be Black in America in teh 21st Century. Hearing from the artist Kara Walker, filmmaker Charles Burnett, and author/professor Hortense Spillers, this film is based on a deceptively simple approach-asking a refined list of black 'specialists' as well as 'uncommon folks' questions about what they think, and more importantly as director Arthur Jafa states, "What they KNOW."

Arthur Jafa is the director of Slowly This, Tree, and Deshotten 1.0. His cinematography credits include Julie dash's Daughters of the Dust;; Spike Lee's Crooklyn;; Manthia Diawara's Rouch in Reverse, and Louis Massiah's President's House installation. Jafa is also a cultural critic and his writing has appeared in several publications, including Black Popular Culture and Everything But The Burden.

Presented in Partnership with International House Philadelphia and BlackStar Film Festival

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