Family-Friendly films at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. FAMILY/YOUTH-FRIENDLY FILM PROGRAM, featuring films suitable for ages 9 and up.
BLACK GIRLS CODE (USA, 2012; 3 min.) Directed by Shanice Johnson. Seattle premiere.
Black Girls Code introduces young girls of color into the fields of science and technology, bridging the digital divide.
LITTLE HOUSE OF THE BIG CRY (USA, 2013; 5 min., 20 sec.) Directed by Alfred Hernandez. Seattle premiere.
Little House of the Big Cry is a fantasy story about two young people who discover a miniature house in their backyard in which they find a little old man who is very sad. They do what they can to cheer him up and in so doing, they learn about caring and creativity.
A FAMILY MAN (USA, 2012; 3 min.) Directed by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch.
In 1955, John L. Black, Sr. started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system. He regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and eleven children. At StoryCorps, his son Samuel talks with his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father's lasting legacy and the power of a look.
SPACE OUT (USA, 2012; 11 min.) Directed by Aidan Fraser. Seattle premiere.
Space Out is a short film that brings together a real-world high school experience in Oakland, CA with a science fiction space fantasy. The film follows the story of Damian (played by Maceo Waqia), a kid who spaces out during a test while the clock ticks.
Damian struggles with learning disabilities, but refuses to seek help, not wanting to be labeled as 'special ed.' He is the victim of a bully, Brandon, who does everything possible to make his life hell. Damian has a crush on Alicia, who doesn't know he exists. His only refuge is drawing - he loves to draw space ships, planets and anything sci-fi. During a science test, he spaces out into his drawings and enters his fantasy world.
The script was written as a collaboration between director Aidan Fraser and the teen actors in Oakland, CA, combining his story with theirs. Aidan brings his experience as a visual effects artist from Lucasfilm and Weta Digital to this sci-fi/drama/comedy.
RED, WHITE, & BLACK (New Zealand, 2012; 1 hr 21 min.) Directed by James Brown. Seattle premiere.
Thirty-eight high school students from South Los Angeles fly to New Zealand to play Rugby.
A sport that is increasingly popular in the United States, and an eager rival for American Football talent, the New Zealand rugby tour provides these students and the Kiwi teams they battle a rare opportunity to dig beneath the surface of things.
Beautifully green and blue from North to South, New Zealand is the land where Rugby heroes are made. Yet while the New Zealand All Blacks currently hold the World Cup, it is little known that the United States won the Olympic Rugby Gold Medal when it was last contested in 1924.
On the field, troubled histories melt away, and we see boys rise as men; girls lead as women, stronger for facing up to a challenge. We meet Asa, a born-leader; Jennese, the less certain Girls' captain; and De Janae, a self-confessed 'weaker player' looking to better her community. Marjau, a green-haired fire-starter, works her at-home tensions out on the field; and a boy whose name has been unfairly tarnished by his 's crimes seeks to re-define it through his own choices, through positive action. In addition to the physical challenges faced, the students are awaiting responses from college applications also, the outcomes of which will shape futures, friendships and families.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (View)
104 - 17th Ave S
Washington, WA 98144
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|