Producers' Forum

The Contradictions of Fair Hope - co-directors S. Epatha Merkerson & Rockell Metcalf in person

Tuesday, March 12, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street

The Contradictions of Fair Hope sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as “The Fair Hope Benevolent Society” in Uniontown, Alabama. Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual “Foot Wash” celebration. MORE INFO

Teza - Director Haile Gerima in Person!


Friday, January 25, 2013, 8:00PM @ International House Philadelphia

Teza (Ethiopia/Germany, 2008, 140 mins), set in Germany and Ethiopia, examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor – Anberber. The film chronicles Anberber’s internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland, but above all, Teza explores the possession of memory – a right humanity mandates that each of us have – the right to own our pasts.
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Janeane from Des Moines

date: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 7:00pm
ticket price: 
$10
additional ticket info: 
$5 for Scribe, PIFVA and IHP members; Free for students, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University

Location(s)

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
See map: Google Maps

Janeane from Des Moines

a film by Grace Lee
USA, 2012, 78 min

Tuesday, February 12, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 for Scribe, IHP and PIFVA members
Free for students, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia, Asian American Studies Program at University of Pennsylvania, The Greenfield Intercultural Center at University of Pennsylvania, The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) at University of Pennsylvania, Film and Media Arts at Temple University, and Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA)

Director Grace Lee in person!

Mixing documentary and scripted material, Janeane from Des Moines is a political satire about Janeane Wilson (Jane Edith Wilson), a conservative Iowa housewife who works as a home health aide, keeps busy in her garden, and attends a local women’s bible study group. But as the 2012 presidential election draws near, she is determined to find a Republican candidate who will take America back from the Democrats, repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood and get rid of gay marriage – issues that she feels are destroying the country she loves. She dives into Iowa Tea Party politics and the lead-up to the Iowa caucus, but a crumbling economy causes her to lose everything she holds dear -- her job, her marriage, her health, and her home. As Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich criss-cross Iowa during her hour of need, Janeane presses them for answers that she and many of her fellow Americans would like to hear.

Grace Lee will also be teaching a Master Class at Scribe Video Center on Monday, February 11.

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Grace Lee (Producer/Writer/Director) was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She has a BA in History from the University of Missouri and an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA Film School where she won DGA and Student Academy Awards for her thesis film, Barrier Device, starring Sandra Oh.

Ms. Lee's first documentary The Grace Lee Project was released in 2005, broadcast on the Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies. She also co-wrote and directed American Zombie, a feature film, released in 2008 by Cinema Libre.

Ms. Lee is the recipient of the Henry Hampton award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, the PPP Pusan Prize as well as funding from the Ford Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and the Armani Directing Fellowship through Film Independent.

Other documentary credits include Best of the Wurst, which is permanently featured at the Currywurst Museum in Berlin and Camp Arirang. She is currently in postproduction for American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs about a 97-year-old Chinese American philosopher and activist in Detroit.

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Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The Contradictions of Fair Hope

date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 7:00pm
ticket price: 
$10
additional ticket info: 
$5 for Scribe members

Location(s)

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
See map: Google Maps

The Contradictions of Fair Hope

a film by S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf
USA, 2012, 67 min

Tuesday, March 12, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe, Reelblack, and IHP members

S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf in person

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia and Reelblack

July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, many of them are ill prepared and unable to cope with the realities of their new found freedom. This documentary examines a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed “benevolent societies” to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper’s grave.

The Contradictions of Fair Hope sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as “The Fair Hope Benevolent Society” in Uniontown, Alabama.

Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual “Foot Wash” celebration.

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S. Epatha Merkerson (Executive Producer, Co-Director) is best known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC’s Law and Order (2006/2010/2011 Image Award). She received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Gracie Allen and Image Award for her performance in the HBO movie Lackawanna Blues and can be seen in the upcoming film We The Peebles.

In theatre Ms. Merkerson has received one Helen Hayes Award, two Obie Awards two Lucille Lortel Award nominations and two Tony Award nominations. She has appeared in numerous television movies, made guest appearances in a variety of television series as well as appearing as a regular on PEEWEE’S PLAYHOUSE. She will be the host of TV One’s Find Our Missing. Ms. Merkerson earned a BFA degree from Wayne State University where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2009. The Contradictions of Fair Hope is Ms. Merkerson's first feature film project.

Rockell Metcalf (Executive Producer, Co-Director, Writer) is Vice President and Chief Counsel at Amerprise Financial, Inc., where he concentrates on brokerdealer, marketing and banking law, Mr. Metcalf received his LL.M from Columbia Law School and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Metcalf served as federal clerk to Chief Judge U.W. Clemon in the Northern District of Alabama. He received his B.A., with distinction, from Talladega College. He is co-author of the Practical Guide to Broker-Dealer Regulation, and he obtained a 2008 U.S. Patent for a "System and Method for Dividing a Remittance and Distributing a Portion of the Funds to Multiple Investment Products." Mr. Metcalf serves on the boards of Bird, Bonnette & Stauderman Worldwide, Inc. and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The Contradictions of Fair Hope is Mr. Metcalf's first feature film project.

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Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Teza

date: 
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 8:00pm
ticket price: 
$10
additional ticket info: 
$8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe members, Free for students, faculty, and staff of University of Pennsylvania and Temple University

Location(s)

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
See map: Google Maps

Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 8:00PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe and Reelblack members
Free for students, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University

Purchase your tickets today at: http://ihousephilly.org/events/teza/

Director Haile Gerima in person!

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia, Cinema Studies at University of Pennsylvania, History of Art Department at University of Pennsylvania, The Center for Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania, Program in Visual Studies at University of Pennsylvania, Film and Media Arts at Temple University, and Reelblack

Teza (Ethiopia/Germany, 2008, 140 mins), set in Germany and Ethiopia, examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor – Anberber (Aaron Arefe). The film chronicles Anberber’s internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland, but above all, Teza explores the possession of memory – a right humanity mandates that each of us have – the right to own our pasts.

After spending several years in Germany studying medicine, Anberber returns to Ethiopia only to find the country of his youth replaced by turmoil. His dream of using his expertise and talent to improve the health care of Ethiopians is squashed by a military junta that use scientists for its own political ends.

Seeking the comfort of his countryside home, Anberber finds no shelter from violence. The solace that the memories of his youth provide is quickly replaced by the competing forces of the military and rebelling factions. Anberber must determine if he can bear the strain or piece together a life from the fragments of a complete existence that lie around him.

Mr. Gerima will also be teaching a Master Class at Scribe on January 26th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.

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Haile Gerima is an independent filmmaker of distinction who has served as a distinguished professor of film at Howard University since 1975. Over 35 years, Mr. Gerima has made 11 films, including four documentaries and seven dramas. Born in Ethiopia, Mr. Gerima is perhaps best known as the writer, producer and director of the acclaimed 1993 film Sankofa. What inspires Mr. Gerima is a tireless devotion to the art of independent cinema and the vision of a uniquely innovative cinematic movement that stresses a symbiotic relationship between African Diaspora artists and the larger community.

As an artist, Mr. Gerima has always used his films as critical lessons in his own personal growth and creative development. His concern for people of African descent is evident, especially regarding the representation of their image. His cinematic expression counters stereotype-laden classical Hollywood films, and this has guided the evolution of his socially relevant cinema. The goal of reclaiming history through the battle of ideas remains his most enduring passion.


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Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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