Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #42

Contents

9th Annual ROXBURY FILM FESTIVAL

ACTING COACH STARS AT RFF

LEMMONS DIRECTS CHEADLE IN “TALK TO ME”

DAVENPORT DOES SHAKESPEARE

ARE THERE EYES IN THOSE TREES?

CAMBRIDGE’S OWN AT NEWPORT JAZZ

DON’T STOP TALKING!

HITMAN GETS SOBER WHILE WIZARDS DODGE DEATH

PAPA MALI RETURNS TO ROOTS WITH ‘DO YOUR THING’

THIS SATURDAY!


9th Annual ROXBURY FILM FESTIVAL

by Kay Bourne

(pictured: Opening Night Film – I’m through With White Girls)

7bb4d23e9b64a2c93e297d824cbe24eb.124.84 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #42The 9th Annual ROXBURY FILM FESTIVAL welcomes home filmmakers who’ve exhibited previously at the popular cinematic event. The weekend celebrates indie movie makers of Color, as well as, introducing new filmmakers to the public. This year’s festival, August 1 – 5, will screen some 50 films, from documentaries to feature and shorts.

This is the fourth festival for Jibril Haynes, who shoots his movies on locations throughout Boston’s Black community. A second generation Bostonian, Haynes debuted in 2004 with “Got Yours.” He followed with “The Plague” in 2005 and “T-wins” in 2006. This year he’ll screen “Bullet Full Of Knowledge.”

Wife & husband/director & producer team, Christine and Michael Swanson return with their new film “All About Us.” They won RFF’s “Audience Award” in 2002 festival with their movie “All About You.” “All About Us,” a story of two struggling Hollywood filmmakers who travel to Mississippi to ask Morgan Freeman to star in their next movie, is RFF’s Saturday Night Feature.

This year, Milton’s Thato Mwosa offers viewers “Day of My Wedding.” She was in the 2005 RFF with “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.”

Randy Dottin returns with a new film “Lifted.” The Cambridge native was in the festival four years ago with “A-Alike” about the divergent path in life taken by him and his brother.

Bill Willis from Mattapan has moved from in front of the camera to behind the lens. This year’s festival presents his documentary, “Shot in the Hood.” He was an actor in RFF 2002 “Missing You.”

Susan Talibah Kennedy returns with “When Spirits Dances” She was in the 2001 fest with “Griot.”

Some other 2007 Roxbury Film Festival highlights include acting coach to-the-stars, Susan Batson, with an acting workshop; “Nina Baby,” a 14-minute short about an aspiring jazz musician whose family are on the skids in L.A.; and “The Mentor” from Hollywood actress, Victoria Rowell, about the connection between the fine arts and the success of a foster child, as told through her personal life’s journey.

Roxbury Film Festival 07 – tickets and schedule information


ACTING COACH STARS AT RFF

by Kay Bourne

(pictured: Susan Batson)

df7154b1fde1ed8ea1d350a491ac17a1.104.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #42 Susan Batson, acting coach to P Diddy, Nicole Kidman, Jamie Foxx and many many more is conducting an Acting Workshop at this year’s Roxbury Film Festival. She is accepting only 20 participants although additional people may observe. There will be a drawing to determine who the lucky 20 are. For a chance of a lifetime, send your name and email address to: lisa@coloroffilm.com before JULY 27.

NEW AND EXCITING AT RFF

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