Oscar Devereaux Micheaux is credited as the first major Black film director with “The Homesteader” releasing in 1919. Almost 100 years later, we celebrate this artistic expression as a living archive of the Black experience. This Weeksville Weekend, we are elated to partner with Nova Frontier Film Festival and the Luminal Theater to push the idea of cinema beyond entertainment to a radical act of self-identifying, free speech, and idea exchange.
Nova Frontier Film Festival is leading a film workshop for teens powered by cell phones. During this workshop, youth embark together on an intense journey to discover and uncover the endless space, and the (in-between), telling stories in the digital age and across platforms, while having fun, exploring and finding their unique creative voice, unfolding a story as they go. The Lab encourages experimentation and exploration and typically consists of interactive group activities and warm-up exercise to spark imaginative play and creativity, lectures on media literacy and technical skills in visual storytelling, improv, and acting — all design to help youth to find their personal voices and unleash their creativity. In turn, they build essential life skills in leadership, critical thinking, intergenerational collaborations, and self-confidence, preparing them to be the next generation of socially engaged creators and citizens of the world.
Our frequent collaborator, The Luminal Theater will be presenting “As An Act of Protest” by Dennis Leroy Kangalee preceded by Emory Douglas’ “The Art of The Black Panthers”. Cairo Medina, a young African American actor, goes through a station-of-the-cross journey to find the meaning of his life and eradicate the racism and police brutality that continue to plague the world. "As an Act of Protest" is an internal "Battle of Algiers". It is a cinematic poem about racism and its psychological effects. It is an avant-garde movie that is more like a classical theater piece rather than a foray into conventional narrative cinema and its style flows from documentary and melodrama to satire and horror.
Arts + crafts workshops and tours of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses round out this day amplifying our stories on film.