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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Where is the next Tyler Perry, Spike Lee, Stanley Nelson or Kasi Lemmons?

Black Lenses, Black Voices, Cant Lose!
  • Black Lenses, Black Voices, Can't Lose!

In the documentary Hearts of Darkness, Francis Ford Coppola famously postulated that the next great filmmaker is more apt to be a "little fat girl in Ohio" than someone embedded in the professional industry.

Season this with sentiments of Big Daddy Kane in PE's Burn Hollywood Burn, "So let's make our own movies like Spike Lee, Cause the roles being offered don't strike me, There's nothing that the Black man could use to earn, Burn Hollywood burn." Twenty years after this song debuted, Lee himself yearns for that next wave of emerging voices. In Red Hook Summer, Spike Lee's new joint, Flick is a kid from Atlanta who documents his life by shooting movies on his iPad.

With these sentiments in mind, let's see Coppola's fat girl from Ohio, and raise him some kids from Sweet Auburn.

This Saturday, September 15, at 2pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, the Black Lenses, Black Voices Film Festival premieres a screening showcasing shorts by shorties.

Here's the press release:

The Ultimate Motion Picture Consortium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The PR Possie (404) 202-0108

Kids get together to make a Super Hero film about taking their neighborhoods back one block at a time.

Atlanta, Ga. — With the super success of The Avengers and the soon to be released Super Man and Spiderman movies, a group of kids decided to get together and create their own super hero short films. After hearing all about the cities recent crime problems the kids decided that it was up to their generation to come up with ways to take their neighborhoods back one block at a time. The film shorts will screen:

2012 Black Lenses, Black Voices Film Festival

WHERE: Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave, NE - Atlanta, GA 30303

WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2012

SCREENING TIME: 2:00pm to 2:45pm

The Re-Programmers, is about a group of kids who invent a new device that re-programs thugs and leads them back to school to get their diplomas and business licenses to open a legitimate business in their neighborhoods.

The Supa Kidz, is about a group of kids who got fed up with thugs in their neighborhood using them to carry out their dirty work. So all of the kids come together to rid their hood of the bad elements.

From Tragedy To Triumph tells the story of a community who took an abandoned supermarket in a crime infested neighborhood and turned it into a community center, and the kids in that hood went from getting F's on their report cards to straight A's. Elizabeth is completely blind. She was born with anophthalmia, which means without eyes. Her eyes are prosthetics and she also has cerebral palsy, but she never let's that stop her from fulfilling her dreams. She serves as the co-director on the documentary.

There will also be a world premiere screening of 73 year-old Rappin Granny’s new parody music video. Remember her from “Americas Got Talent?”

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