HAMPTON, Va — The Hampton University School of Liberal Arts and Education presents the second annual Hampton University Film Festival (HUFF) April 6-7, on HU’s campus. The goal of the festival is to use the medium of film to entertain and generate discussion on subjects relevant to the African-American community.
Through a diverse slate of feature-length and short films, HUFF will showcase visual stories that cover a wide range of topics that explore the African-American identity in its various forms. Topics will include black superheroes, fatherhood, faith-based films, health disparities, marriage and family, the African diaspora, and much more.
The theme for the festival’s opening night is “From Hampton to Hollywood” and will feature a screening of Spike Lee’s Academy-Award nominated film Do the Right Thing. Hampton alumni Robi Reed ("Malcolm X", "Crooklyn"), who served as casting director on the film and Ruth Carter ("Black Panther", "Selma", "Malcolm X"), the film’s costume designer, will be in attendance to discuss their work on the classic film and their journey from Hampton University to Hollywood. Monty Ross, a legendary film producer ("Do The Right Thing", "Malcolm X") will be reunited with Carter and Reed for question and answer session that will follow the screening of this timeless film.
“The School of Liberal Arts & Education is pleased to offer a rare opportunity for students to engage with two alumni who graduated with degrees in liberal arts, who left Hampton and went to Hollywood and became trailblazers in their respective fields,” said Eleanor Earl, assistant professor of English & Film Studies and HUFF director. “Ms. Reed and Ms. Carter’s triumphant return to Hampton will affirm that our current students have the same capacity to make an indelible mark on the entertainment industry in years to come!”
Currently Reed, an Emmy-Award winning casting director and producer, is the Vice President of Talent and Casting Original Programming at Black Entertainment Television (BET). Carter is an Emmy-Award winning and two time Academy-Award nominated costume designer with over 40 films to her credit. Monty Ross is currently reunited with Lee to adapt their film, "She’s Gotta Have It", into a series for Netflix.
The festival will also feature panel discussions on animation, music video directing, scoring for film and television, as well as a panel discussion on how to break into the film and television industry. Celebrated music video director Shomi Patwary (Kevin Hart, The Weekend, Beyoncé) and producer Re’Shaun Frear (Knucklehead, Pastor Brown) will also participate in panel discussions.
Aside from the panel discussions, the festival will include staged readings of original short screenplays written by HU students and dramatically presented by The Hampton Players and talented local actors.
Day two of the festival will feature a screening of "Tanna", which received a Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 89th Academy Awards and "Steps", a faith-based feature film produced by Re’Shaun Frear.
The festival’s closing night film is VH1’s original movie turned tv series, "The Breaks". Series Executive Producer, Writer and Director, Seith Mann will be on hand to discuss his work as the series creator.
All film screenings, workshops and panel discussions are free and open to the public. HUFF is sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts and Education, the Mellon Foundation, and Kodak.
To learn more about HUFF, or to view the official HUFF schedule of events please visit: www.facebook.com/HamptonUFilmFestival.
For more information about HUFF or the Film Studies Program please call: (757) 727-5506 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.