Co –Directors Kali O’ray and Katera Crossley Continue the Legacy of Ave Montague
With Thought Provoking Films, Panels and Parties at
Multicultural San Francisco Black Film Festival XV1
June 12-15 during Juneteenth & Father’s Day Weekend.
Academy Award Winning Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Hits the Big Screen at the San Francisco Black Film Festival Year XVI
Co –Directors Kali O’ray and Katera Crossley Continue the Legacy of Ave MontagueWith Thought Provoking Films, Panels and Parties at Multicultural San Francisco Black Film Festival XV1 June 12-15 during Juneteenth & Father’s Day Weekend.
Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. in “Life of a King,” headlines the offerings of the San Francisco Black Film Festival as the son of late Arts Impresario, Ave Montague, Kali O’Ray with wife Katera Crossley, continues the legacy of Montague’s multicultural San Francisco Black Film Festival, June 12-15. Montague began the festival as a way to get Hollywood film industry experts and emerging and local filmmakers together in a diverse environ.
“We’re continuing Ave’s theme of opening the doors to conversation and engagement of all cultures as exemplified in films, directors, actors and attendees in the festival,” said Katera Crossley, Co-Director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival. “There’s a place for everyone to engage in thought-provoking dialogue and hopefully positive societal change as shown in ‘Life of a King.’”
Shot in 15 days, “Life of a King” focuses on the redemptive spirit of Eugene Brown, himself redeemed after an 18 year stint in prison, who turned his passion for the game of chess as a way to help inner City Youth of Washington D.C. Brown founded the “Big Chair Chess Club” that has its mission to “teach the un-teachable, reach the un-reachable and always think before you move.” The film, directed by Jake Goldberger, rounds out its main characters with film director producer, rapper, musician and actor Malcolm Mays, Dennis Haysbert, “You’re in good hands with All State,” TV and film star, originally from San Mateo; actress and comedian Paula Jai Parker-Martin of “Hustle and Flow,” “Friday,” and “Idlewild fame, and stage, TV and film actress and filmmaker Lisa Gay Hamilton of ABC’s “The Practice,” TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age” with Ray Romano, “The Soloist” with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. among other credits.
The festival gets underway June 12 at Dolby Laboratories with a media briefing presented by Wright Enterprises and LaHitz Media. Media and film screening attendees will learn about the film festival with its special salutes to Robin Bates and Connie Bryan directors of Maison de Culture Noire Americaine (Black American Culture in France www.maisoncna.org);
The San Francisco Black Film Festival being keenly aware that people have different tastes, also on June 12th at the Jazz Heritage Complex in the Yoshi’s Complex, SFBFF continues its tribute to music during “Black Music Month” and aligns with the Father’s Day theme with the “Brothers Hypnotic” Screening and Reception. “Brothers Hypnotic,” shot in the Netherlands and the U.S., directed by Reuben Atlas, the eight sons of Chicago’s anti-establishment jazz musician, Phil Cohran, who grew up in a family of 24 siblings, test their father’s values to determine if they truly embrace his perspective.
“At the film festival the audiences will find the universal themes of humanity weave truths and experiences we can all relate to,” said Kali O’Ray, Executive Director San Francisco Black Film Festival. “As San Francisco is a destination for the world, it’s our hope that people from all over the world will join us annually to examine some of the universal themes of life that go beyond skin color found at the San Francisco Black Film Festival.”
In a truly made in the USA story, Comedian, Actor, Producer, Richard Pryor’s daughter Rain Pryor in the documentary “That Daughter’s Crazy,” directed by Elzbieta Szoka, chronicles growing up half Black and half Jewish in Beverly Hills during the ‘70’s. The film includes her one-woman show and Rain’s conflicts as she follows her father’s career path in entertainment while trying to avoid the pitfalls and behavior that made him notorious.
Another Africa related, film making an appearance is “Devil in the Detail” from Ghana by female director by Shirley Frimpong Manso, not to be confused with Waymon Boone’s 2013 “The Devil’s in the Details” with Ray Liotta, Emilio Rivera and Joel Matthews. Nse Ikpe Etim, Adjetey Anang and Ama Ampofo star in the romantic thriller that chronicles the demise of a happy marriage ravaged by infidelity fueled by suspicion.
With films from around the world and at home, the San Francisco Black Film Festival fills the gamut of the rainbow including a selection of LGBT Films, among them “Violet Hour” by writer and director Mark Allen of San Diego, who presents a raw, devastatingly quiet snapshot of how anti-gay messages and sentiments are sometimes translated and perceived differently, particularly by an urban, African-American culture in South Los Angeles.
The heartstrings are sure to be pulled by “Know How, a musical that brings real voices of Foster Care youth and their unseen stories to the screen. It was written and acted by youth in the foster care system. The film emerged from the efforts of The Possibility Project, a non-profit organization in NYC. “Know How” is not documentary nor is it fiction. It’s a new hybrid approach for using film to create social change.
Collaborating with the Juneteenth Committee and being held over the Father’s Day Weekend, the festival includes the “My Dad is My Hero” Video and Essay Contest. Past winners include Tiffany Armstrong Gorman (father: Lionel Armstrong); Gabriela Mascoll and Eliza Mascoll (father: Ray Mascoll) who won a weekend stay for two at the InterContinental Hotel San Francisco for their fathers. The InterContinental is once again providing the top prize for “San Francisco Black Film Festival XVI.”
The San Francisco Black Film Festival has family friendly prices ranging from free events to $10 for individual screenings and an affordable $50 Festival Pass to attend all screenings. Visit www.sfbff.org for information on films, panels, parties, venues and times.
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