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The Hampton University School of Liberal Arts and Education presents The third annual Hampton University Film Festival (HUFF) April 24-25, on HU's picturesque campus.
The film festival is a celebration of the undeniable positive influence the African Diaspora has had on the entertainment industry and, through art, provides an opportunity to place a spotlight on issues that affect our community. More specifically, we will explore ways in which film, television and online platforms have served as a conduit to creating a groundswell of a demand for original content from African-Americans.
The arrival of brilliant, fresh, new voices has ushered in a new renaissance in the film and television industries. Through a diverse slate of feature-length films, short films and web-to-tv series, HUFF will showcase visual stories that cover a wide range of topics that explore the African-American identity in its various forms.
Themes will include marriage and family, leadership, race and identity, love, social and political justice, faith, Afrofuturism, and much more.
The theme for this year's festival is "Hampton to Hollywood."
"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 festival programming, and academic courses, that prepare our students to become industry influencers in Hollywood and beyond," said Eleanor Earl, assistant professor of English & Film Studies and Director
of The Hampton University Film Festival. "Robi Reed and Ruth Carter are two excellent examples of HU alumni who have already done so; and, we are confident there will be many more to come."
Reed is an Emmy-Award winning casting director and producer and 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. She has most recently made international headlines for the ground-breaking designs she contributed to the blockbuster film- Black
This year, our third year presenting the film festival, we are especially honored to welcome celebrated entertainment executive, Dr. Mathew Knowles. He is the founder, President and CEO of Music
World Entertainment (MWE), one of the world's leading music and entertainment conglomerates, with record sales exceeding 450 million worldwide. Music
has had an unprecedented impact on music around the globe through its GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, legendary entertainers and music icons, top catalogue compilations and celebrated soundtracks. Knowles' successful track record has expanded to include film. He is Executive Producer of the #1 box-office hit, Obsessed. In addition, the Music
label has released award-winning soundtracks from popular movies including the GRAMMY nominated soundtracks from Dreamgirls and Roll Bounce, the Fighting Temptations
soundtrack, which spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Album chart, and the soundtracks from Cadillac
Records and MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. Dr. Knowles will offer a masterclass Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Student Center Movie Theater on the topic of "The Impact of Music
in Film and Television".
The opening night film, Maynard, is an award-winning documentary about the life of Maynard Jackson Jr., the first black mayor of a major southern city, Atlanta. The Obama before Obama. A panel discussion, "A Call to Leadership: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future," will follow the screening.
The film festival will also feature panel discussions on web-to-tv series, careers in entertainment and entrepreneurship and technology in entertainment. Some of Hollywood's finest are scheduled to join us this year. Buddy
Lewis (Co- Creator and Writer for Showtime's "White Famous" "Real Husband's of Hollywood"), Nichelle Protho (President of Tastyshop Media and Producer "Ghost Whisperer" "Reckless
" ), Asante Bradford(Project Manager for Digital
Entertainment and Emerging Media for the Georgia Department of Economic Development), Re'Shaun Frear (Producer Knucklehead, Pastor Brown), Duane Byrge (Film Critic The Hollywood Reporter) and yearly festival supporters, Monty Ross (Producer Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X) and Ralph Scott (BET's "Best Shorts"), will participate in panel discussions and screening activities during the festival.
Day two of the festival will feature a screening of the highly anticipated documentary feature film "King of Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story". Staged readings of scenes from original screenplays written by HU students will be presented by The Hampton Players
and talented local actors. "Come Midnight," an exciting new web series created by HU alumni, students and faculty, will be shown at the festival. The Hip Hop Caucus(HHC) will also present a screening of "Street Livin'," the short films/videos HHC created in collaboration with multi-platinum selling group, The Black
Eyed Peas. The screening will be followed with a Q&A session with representatives from the organization. The closing night film is "La Vie Manifique De Charlie," an award-winning dramatic comedy directed and co-written by Bobby
Huntley II. The screening will be followed by a Q& A session with the talented young director from Atlanta, Georgia.
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.