Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Third Annual Urban Film Festival!

Come out and enjoy an evening of edutainment. Leo Ballard, fellow Burgaw-nian organizing a great event! Here are a few previews:

Apt. 36D[Narrative, 40-minute film by Christopher "Play" Martin] A Film short inspired by Director Christopher "Play" Martin's 1995 divorce and other failed relationships prior to. Christopher tries to put his testimony into a film short to inspire others that there is life after death. The digitally made short invites the viewer into the mind of a man on the verge of suicide and facing the demons of the past...

February One[Documentary, 61 minute film by Steven Channing]The world can change in a day despite hard-fought gains in the fight for racial equality, segregation remained firmly entrenched in 1960 America. Black citizens in the South were still treated as second-class citizens and their calls for justice remained largely unheard by the nation. There had been some advances in the arena of civil rights with the Brown v. the Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision (1954), the Montgomery bus boycott (1955-1956) and the federally enforced desegregation of Little Rock (Ark.) High school (1957), but after that, strong defiance by ardent segregationists pushed the Movement into retreat. February 1, 1960 changed all that.

Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story[Documentary, 22 minute film by Terrence Fisher]When Timothy Stansbury was fatally shot by a Housing cop on the roof of a Bed-Stuy apartment buildingon January 24 this past year, family and friends looked for ways to handle their grief. While some suggested, that the cops are expecting us to riot, Stansbury's closest friend Terrence Fisher took a different view. The 19-year-old Fisher, who was standing behind Stansbury when he was shot, picked up a video-camera and documented the tense hours and days after the controversial incident. In collaboration with another close friend, Danny Howard, 18, the two Brooklyn teens produced a documentary entitled 'Bullets in the Hood - A Bed-Stuy Story,' which earned a nomination for New York City in the Short Documentary category at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

The Murder of Emmett Till[Documentary, 53 minute film by Stanley Nelson] - FREE SCREENING. In August of 1955, a 14 year-old black boy from Chicago, unschooled in the racial customs of the south, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives. With adolescent bravado, he whistled at a white woman. Three nights later, Emmett Till was abducted, beaten and shot through the head. His mangled body later surfaced in the muddy waters of the Tallahatchie River. The murder of Emmett Till shook America, and opened a window on the deep social divisions of the 1950s. The case, which ended in the acquittal of Till's two known assailants, became an international case. When tens of thousands of Americans rallied against injustice, the Till case proved to be the first spark for the American civil rights movement.Screening times and ticket info available online at - poster pdf (11x17) -


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