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GIBFF 2015 Sunday Shorts Showcase - Tribute to Kelechukwu Brnfre
Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Hall, Indiana University Northwest
Gary, IN
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GIBFF 2015 Sunday Shorts Showcase - Tribute to Kelechukwu Brnfre
Freak The Language- Dir. Sam Hampton
Documentary Filmmakers Lee Quinby and Sam Hampton explore the passionately creative and carefully crafted impulses of New York City poet David Mills. Through selected poetry readings, the film spotlights David's unique associations of words, syntax, rhythm and rhyme. On-camera interviews convey how living in Langston Hughes' landmark Harlem home for three years developed a special bond with Hughes while travel around the world enlivens his sense of history, body, and spirit.

Divided Time - Dir. William Feagins
"Divided Time" captures the lives of nine fathers who share their experiences in parenthood and their pursuit of success in the music industry while being accountable to their families.

Tribute to Kelechukwu Brnfre -(1967-20014)
Kelechukwu Brnfre was a dynamic artist and public speaker who has been performing since 1990 after leaving the US Marines as an Embassy Security Guard. Born Kelly Comer, he changed his name in 1993, choosing an African name with a derivative sound of his former name because of what he calls the encouraged global disrespect and insensitivity of Black men defining themselves. This is reflected in his writings and he uses a charismatic humor to raise the level of consciousness of the listener.

Starting Beautiful Soul with his own resources, Kelechukwu and his partner, K Sims, created a forum for talent in Gary and surrounding areas. He believed in the ingenuity of people and their ability to always create regardless of the environment.

Kelechukwu penned two books,  compiled an anthology of his works, recording a CD entitled "Educated Fools" and has several poetry mix tapes. He remains active in the community specializing in interaction with so-called troubled youth. Kelechukwu's signature poems include "Educated Fools", a poem about degreed arrogance; "Zero", a poem about the dynamism of women; and, "Bittersweet Memories", a poem about Michael Jackson's effect on Gary. Indiana. He was part of  one of the first successful poetry nights in Gary and has also performed in Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington DC.

Where most people see apathy, Brnfre sees opportunity. He is a very serious businessman with endless ideas about the transformation of any inner city into a source of revitalization, especially through the arts.

"The poet is key into giving a voice to emotions and the businessman is key in providing revenue to afford the artists space to perform and changes in society based on the people's needs that should be articulated by the artists."  Kelechukwu


Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Hall, Indiana University Northwest (View)
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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