Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #83

Contents

RIFF OPENS THIS WEEK

“CONTRACT” CONNECTS AT RIFF

“OFF AND RUNNING” at RIFF

MASCOLL IN GRIMM

GILLIAM AS OTHELLO IN THE COMMONS

HAMBURGERS WITH HUMOR AND HORROR

UP-COMING EVENTS & COMMUNITY INFO


RIFF OPENS THIS WEEK

by Kay Bourne

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The annual film festival in Roxbury has modified its name to recognize that film makers from throughout the African Diaspora participate.

The 12th annual ROXBURY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (RIFF), once the Roxbury Film Festival, is New England’s largest film festival dedicated to celebrating people of Color. RIFF premieres Thursday, JULY 29th and runs through Saturday, AUGUST 1. Presented by The Color of Film Collaborative, the publishers of this arts report, and ACT Roxbury, a program of Madison Park Development Corporation, RIFF will screen more than 50 films including features, shorts, documentaries, and youth-produced works over the course of four days.

“We are very excited about this year’s festival, with a new name and a new logo, we embrace a global community of filmmakers celebrating people of Color,” said LISA SIMMONS, co-producer of the Roxbury International Film Festival.

“Coupled with our continued commitment to local filmmakers, the Roxbury International Film Festival gives us the best of both worlds and an array of work that showcases the vision, voice, and vitality of people of Color here and abroad.”

The festival film selection committee received some 300 submissions from around the country and around the world – and some of the films that will be shown are from Cape Verde, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, and the UK.

The festival offers networking opportunities for filmmakers and enthusiasts. Some of these activities are an acting workshop taught by TROY ROWLAND (one of Hollywood’s premiere coaches), a distribution panel moderated by QUINCY NEWELL, Executive VP and GM of Codeblack Enterprizes LLC, Youth Day activities, and the ever popular DINNER & A MOVIE night at Haley House.

Screenings will be held at various venues in and around the Roxbury community: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts College of Fine Arts, Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth College, and the Haley House Bakery Café. For more information, including purchasing festival passes, please visit the festival website.

Roxbury International Film Festival website


“CONTRACT” CONNECTS AT RIFF

By Kay Bourne

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The next to smallest country of Africa’s fifty-five nations became of enormous interest to GUENNY K. PIRES, a social activist film maker. The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe concerned the accomplished Cape Verdean director for its historical connection to Cape Verde and, in an immediate way, for a familial reason.

Back in the 19th and throughout much of the 20th century, thousands of Cape Verdeans were forced by the government of Portugal (a colonial ruler until Cape Verde independence in 1975) to go as contract workers to the islands of São Tomé and Principe to work in the coffee and cacao plantations. Even after many years of struggle and sacrifice to eke out a meager existence in a strange land, most of the displaced Cape Verdeans have never been able to return home or be reunited with their families.

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