THE BLACK ASSOCIATION OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS-WEST
PRESENTS ITS 11th ANNUAL "DAY OF BLACK DOCS"
SATURDAY, June 24, 2017
12PM - 5PM
There is a cultural festival/parade route scheduled between Edgemont Avenue & Highland Avenue this coming Saturday, June 24th with rolling closures between 7:00am & 5:00pm on Hollywood Blvd.
- Tickets for the entire day's event are $20.00 and can be purchased in advance on-line at www.dayofblackdocs.org.
- Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at AFI. Due to seating, purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
Three rousing and sensational feature length award-winning documentaries and a short documentary film will be screened. The Sundance Film Festival Winner “WHOSE STREETS?”, “CHASING TRANE” the definitive documentary film about musician John Coltrane, “BY BLOOD” which chronicles American Indians of African descent as they battle to regain their tribal citizenship and “BULLDOGGING: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COWBOY PROJECT”, a film exploring the contributions of black cowboys to Western culture rounds out the day.
Nana Gyamfi, JD is a human and civil rights attorney, an adjunct professor in the Pan African Studies Department at the California State University Los Angeles, the host of "Uprising: The Asafo Edition " on Pacifica Radio’s 90.7FM KPFK and “Conversations on the Way” on Inner Light Radio, and an organizer and activist associated with various local, national, and international causes.
As a Movement attorney, Nana addresses the social justice challenges of Black and other marginalized communities of color through legal advocacy, organizing, and involvement in community causes and activism. Nana is a co-founder of Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives, a Black-led network of attorneys and non-attorneys fighting on the legal frontlines in support of the Movement for Black Lives. She also heads the Community Legal Clinic & Restorative Justice Center (CLCRJC) where she provides legal representation, advocacy, alternate dispute resolution, and "legal-ease" workshops regarding constitutional and human rights.
Nana is a well-respected and well-loved adjunct professor in the Pan African Studies Department at California State University Los Angeles. She teaches a wide range of courses, including “Race, Activism and Emotion”, as well as classes in African history and the African Diaspora.
The daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, Nana brings an internationalist Pan African revolutionary perspective to her analysis of current news and events on “Uprising: The Asafo Edition” on 90.7 FM Los Angeles. One of less than a handful of Black women on talk radio during Los Angeles’ drive-time hours, Nana prioritizes the voices of Black/Afrodescendent women and LGBTQAI guests too often excluded from the airwaves. Nana is a frequent radio show and television news guest, and is featured in theatrically-acclaimed HBO film, “The Grim Sleeper”.
Attorney Gyamfi received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law.
ABOUT THE FILMS
|Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
|Bulldogging: An African-American Cowboy Project
Writer/Director, Producer Sabaah Folayan and Co-Director/Producer Damon Davis
WHOSE STREETS? Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
Writer/Director John Scheinfeld with Cornell West
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY is a thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This rich, textured and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist reveals the critical vents, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. But, above all else, it is the incredible journey of a spiritual warrior who found himself, found God, and in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of race, religion, age and geography. It is a film for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.
The beauty, poignancy, energy, pain, joy and inspiration heard in nearly 50 Coltrane recordings from throughout his career brings alive the artist and the times in which he lived. Even those familiar with his music will be able to hear and appreciate the music of John Coltrane in a new and exciting way. Although Coltrane never participated in any television interviews (and only a handful for radio) during his lifetime, he has an active and vibrant presence in the film through his print interviews. These words -- spoken by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington – illuminate what John Coltrane was thinking and feeling at critical moments throughout his life and career. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places.
Directors Marcos Barbery and Sam Russell
BY BLOOD chronicles American Indians of African descent as they battle in the court to regain tribal citizenship. Americans are familiar with the removal of Cherokees in the infamous “Trial of Tears,” but the involvement of African Americans is far less known. When the U.S. Indian Removal Act forced Native Americans to relinquish their native land and move west, countless slaves followed them into the frontier, bound and shackled. In 1866 after U.S. lawmakers amended the Constitution to bar slavery, the Cherokee Nation entered into a treaty with the federal government granting perpetual freedom and full tribal membership to Cherokee slaves and their descendants. The documentary chronicles Freedman descendants Roshon Jones and his children Sylvia Davis and Marilyn Vann as well as civil rights advocates David Cornsilk and Jon Velie whose roles illustrate tenuous race relations across Oklahoma. Ultimately the documentary illustrates how federal encroachment over Indian territories led to Oklahoma’s statehood and fueled its violent history. The film explores the impact of this battle, which manifested into a broader conflict about race, identity, and the sovereign rights of indigenous people. The film demonstrates both sides of the battle, the shared emotional impact of the issue, and the rising urgency of the debate: A Native American and African American history has been overlooked, and a tribal body feels as though their sovereignty is under siege. The film is directed by Marcos C. Barbery & Sam Russell.
Producer/Director Elizabeth Gray Bayne
BULLDOGGING: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COWBOY PROECT is a collaboration between Producer/Director Elizabeth Bayne and photographer Edward Cushenberry. This short documentary film explores the historic contributions of black cowboys to Western culture, and we meet the men and women who keep the legacy alive. Elizabeth Gray Bayne is a BADWest member
Schedule for the event
11-12 PM – Registration
– Bulldogging: An African-American Cowboy Project
– By Blood
– Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
– Q & A with Producer Dave Harding and Editor/Co-Producer Peter Lynch, Chasing Trane
– Whose Streets?
– Q & A
Guest Q&A Panelists
Writer/Director Sabaah Folayan by Skype and Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She was among the original organizers to form Black Lives Matter and Joseph Williams, Black Lives Matters, "Whose Streets?".
Charles G. Meigs, Jr., historian and genealogist, teaches American Indian History and African American History and its relation to the Cherokee Nation.; Dr. Toni-Mokjaetji Humber, Prof. Emeritus California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, has conducted extensive research to further understand the African influence among African American, Chicano/Latino, and Indigenous communities; and Phil Wilkes Fixico is a contemporary Seminole maroon descendant of mixed race who lives in Los Angeles. "By Blood".
Moderating the post-screening panel discussion will be Nana Gyamfi, human and civil rights attorney, an adjunct professor in the Pan African Studies Department at the California State University Los Angeles, the host of "Uprising: The Asafo Edition" on Pacifica Radio's 90.7FM KPFK and "Conversations on the Way" on Inner Light Radio, and an organizer and activist associated with various local, national, and international causes.
Day of Black Docs is co-sponsored by the International Documentary Association (IDA), the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), Momentous Brokerage Insurance and Wells Fargo Bank.
All day admission to the Day of Black Docs screening is $20.00.
Day of Black Docs is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE Program. The Pasadena Arts Council is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Day of Black are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.
Formed in 2003, BADWest is a collective of documentary filmmakers of African descent that advocate the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.
The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BAD West) is a professional organization providing people of African descent working in documentary film, video or other media the opportunity to network professionally, share resources, exchange ideas and meet socially in order to enhance the development, production, promotion and exhibition of documentaries. The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West also advocates the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.