Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Seattle, WA
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LHAAFF: Ladies Night (Film Shorts)
The Proposal, USA, 2011, 4 min (World Premiere)
Julie is a school Teacher and Brian is an Engineer. They both love each other very much. After 5 years of dating Brian thinks it is time to propose to Julie. Julie, however doesn't believe that this is the best time to get married and continues to turn Brian down. Some mature themes and content.
This film tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad & Tobago West Indies, called Fondes Amandes, led by a charismatic Rastafarian woman, Akilah Jaramogi. Three decades ago Akilah settled on a barren, deforested hillside, blighted with floods in the rainy season and fires in the dry season. Together with her late husband, Tacuma, they started a family and reforested over 150 acres, restoring health to the hills and the watershed just outside the capital city of Port-of-Spain. When her husband died, Akilah continued this great work, initiating the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP), training community members as stewards of the forests and waters. Today Fondes Amandes is a thriving village atop a flourishing forest of 150 acres where residents have planted about 60,000 seedlings over the past thirty years. The community is regularly visited by international dignitaries and Akilah is heralded as the Wangari Maathai of Trinidad & Tobago. Some mature themes and content.
The Pain of Love, USA, 2012, 14 min (World Premiere)
Pain of Love centers around a young couple very much in love. Isabella lover Marques finds a hidden letter, and the love take a turn into a dramatic ending. Some mature themes and content.
Finding Neptune, USA, 2013; 8 mins. (World Premiere)
Allen (James Edward Shippy), an astronomy enthusiast, and Jennifer (Rachae Thomas), a college junior, are in the honeymoon stage of their new relationship. They are inseparable and their attraction for each other is undeniable. As they picnic on the beach they ponder all of the possibilities that their love can grow too. Within a year of taking the next big step and moving in with each other, things slowly start to deteriorate between the couple. As Allen and Jennifer's true identities are revealed, their relationship is put to the test when Allen is caught masturbating to Internet porn. This is the last straw in a long line of missteps on Allen's behalf. The next day he confronts Jennifer about his transgressions. But, Jennifer has already made up her mind, and is neatly packed to leave the apartment and Allen for good. She has also been drinking heavily, a bad habit exposed since they moved in together. While testing the boundaries of their love, Allen and Jennifer's relationship slowly begins to unravel. Although Jennifer is done with the relationship, Allen makes a last ditch effort to reconnect with her on the sexual level that initially attracted them to each other. Eventually, Allen fails at this attempt with Jennifer and she finally leaves Allen at the apartment, alone. While separated, they are simultaneously confronted with the choice of going back to what was or moving on to what could be. Some mature themes and content.
The End Again, USA, 2014, 15 min (World Premiere)
The End Again is a pensive portrait of a couple's last day together as they emphatically end their five-year relationship. Joe and Jane have reached an impasse. It's moving day. But knowing that it's over doesn't make it any easier to walk away. The mood is somber yet routine. Jane prepares their tea like she's done so many times before. Joe helps her pack up the last of her belongings even as she prepares to shut the door on their relationship and walk out of his life. Throughout the day, they muse on memories shared and rehash old arguments. Still the outcome remains the same. It's over. In the end, their final farewell is emotional yet cold. Jane leaves. Joe is left alone. The end has arrived. Or has it? The contemporary romantic drama illustrates the sometimes complex yet nuanced struggles that often accompany breakups as Jane Salmon and Joe Maxwell attempt to reconcile their personal battles of conscience against a love that still remains. Some mature themes and content.
Chicken Soup, Malaysia, 2013, 9 min (World Premiere)
When a husband and his wife are unable to overcome their martial issues, their prayers are answered with the help of a messenger sent from 'above'. Some mature themes and content.
Dancing Like Home, USA, 2013, 31 min (World Premiere)
Dancing Like Home, a personal documentary film explores the realities of going back 'home' to the motherland - Senegal, West Africa. Actress/filmmaker Joyce Guy's passion for African dance sets her in pursuit to find the meanings of the traditional dance ceremonies of Casamance, Senegal but once there her expectations of this culturally rich region are challenged. Having no firsthand knowledge of the region, Joyce decides to go on a preliminary location scout to receive permission from the village chiefs. With Malang Bayo, a former member of the National Ballet of Senegal, born and raised in Casamance, they travel 'home' to distinct villages of varying sizes, tribes and leadership. The story navigates through the exploration of the dance and its traditions but also the challenges she faces in Africa as an outsider who is further impeded by a language barrier, living conditions, and by being a non-Muslim woman in a patriarchal society. Encountering on the way, some realities of the motherland are not what she expected them to be. What is revealed is the depths that dance are embedded in their language of expression, whether it is communicating the birthing of children, the passing of elders, or the mediation of conflicts between people and villages. Some mature themes and content.
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104 17th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144