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Hampton University School of Liberal Arts and Education to Hold 4th Annual Film Festival November 12-14
11/04/2019 - #98

HAMPTON, Va. (November 4, 2019) –The Hampton University School of Liberal Arts and Education presents The fourth annual Hampton University Film Festival (HUFF) November 12-14, on HU’s historic campus.The film festival provides a unique opportunity to explore cross-cultural collaboration, content generation, the social impact of visual storytelling on our community and more. This year’s festival will explore the unwavering global influence the African Diaspora continues to have on the film and television industry. Through a diverse slate of feature-length films, short films, web-to-tv series, music videos and animation, HUFF will showcase visual stories that cover a wide range of topics that explore the African and African-American identity in its various forms. Themes will include leadership, race and identity, social and political justice, prison reform and much more.
The theme for this year’s festival is “ A Seat at The Table: Hampton to Hollywood, Nollywood and Beyond.” The School of Liberal Arts & Education and its Film Studies Program, which is housed within the Department of English and Foreign Languages, is committed to providing film festival programming, and academic courses, that offer students a solid foundation upon which to build careers in the film and television industry. “The Hampton University Film Festival offers students, and the Hampton Roads community, unprecedented access to global practitioners of the craft of filmmaking,” said Eleanor Earl, assistant professor of English & Film Studies and Director of The Hampton University Film Festival. “This year, we will provide an introduction for some, to the burgeoning film industry known as Nollywood. Harvard University alumnus and African Academy Award winner, Rahman Oladigbolu, will discuss his work and the Nollywood film industry.”
The opening night film, 16 Bars, is an award-winning documentary about four inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia who are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music. The film follows their personal and artistic development as they produce an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Speech Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. A panel discussion with experts surrounding this important film will follow the screening.
Once again, some of Hollywood’s finest are scheduled to join us. Master classes and panel discussions will take place with Ms. Keyera Williams( Producer at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and filmmaker), Leila Steinberg (Filmmaker, Former Manager and Mentor of Tupac Shakur, featured in All Eyes on Me, Founder of AIM), Hans Charles (Cinematographer for Ava DuVernay’s 13th and 1 Angry Black Man), Susanna Velasquez-Eaton (“The Game” “General Hospital” “Life in Pieces”), Peter J. Eaton( Director Gravity, Love Song, The Story of Chuck Girard)and annual festival supporters, Monty Ross( Producer Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X ), Dana Hubbard( Malcolm X) and many others will join us during this much-anticipated film festival.
The next two days of the festival will feature screenings of feature films such as the African Academy Award-winning film, Soul Sisters, directed by Rahman Oladigbolu. We will also screen The Robeson Effect, a documentary directed by Juney Smith, that shares the extraordinary story of Danny Glover and his lifetime friendship with fellow actor Ben Guillory. The pilot episode of Rukky, an exciting new series written and directed by Ebiye Ikuku shares the story of a Nigerian heiress who moves to Los Angeles to study photography; and, crashes headfirst into a search for independence at a global level. We will also have the honor of two amazing talents joining us via Skype from the west coast, Dontae Winslow( Film director and composer, Queen Latifah’s musical director) will chat with us after the screening of his heartwarming short film, Trumpet and A Mic. Hollywood Stuntman and Precision Driver, James D. Weston II (Transformers, The Matrix Reloaded, 13 Reasons Why) will also join a panel discussion to talk about his exciting career. And don’t miss the staged readings of scenes from original screenplays written by HU students.You’ll be blown away by the talented future screenwriters we’re developing!
Our closing night film will be 1 Angry Black Man, an award-winning drama written and directed by Menelek Lumumba. It tells the story of Mike Anderson, a senior at the quintessential New-England liberal arts school, Frost College. And Mike is eight weeks away from graduation. On this particular day he has his African-American Literature class with his favorite professor. But today, Mike is feeling sadness. He's feeling isolated. He's feeling Angry. The screening of this thought-provoking film will be followed by a Q& A session with its executive producers, B.K.Fulton, Monty Ross and cinematographer and producer,Hans Charles. It’s the perfect film and discussion to end our three days of cinematic immersion. We’ll see you there!
All film screenings 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: huff@hamptonu.edu.


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