20th New York City African Diaspora International Film Festival Announces Ticket Sales and Film Selection Preview
Tango Macbeth is listed as one of the highlight films of the festival! Click here for festival details or read article below.
October 1, 2012 3:50 PM
The African Diaspora Film Festivalis scheduled to run from November 23rd through December 11th.
You can purchase festival pases today at a discount. The VAP (Very Artsy Person) Pass gives access to all festival events including Opening Night, Closing Night and all special events. Discounted to $225 from $250 until October 15. The Regular pass gives access to all the regular screenings for $160, or $145 before October 15. Tickets can be purchasd HERE.
Over 60 Films are scheduled to screen over the course of the 19 day Festival. While the full roster has yet to be released the following films have been announced:
Tango MacBeth will make its New York Premiere at ADIFF. The film directed by Nadine M. Patterson is being described as “a deconstructed, visceral, fluid, energetic re-imagining of a classic tragedy.”
One Fine Day is a film about individuals who decided to do something out of the ordinary that gave them a voice they otherwise would not have. Among those men and women the voice of John Carlos who showed the world in Mexico in 1968 during the Olympic Games that he supported the Black Power Movement.
Dead River will screen as part of the Namibia Showcase, the film a historical drama set during Apartheid in Namibia, follows the unlikely friendship of a farm worker’s son and the farmer’s daughter. After the dauther returns from exile to face the life she left behind after living in Germany.
A Mother’s Love directed by Tim Alexander follows the family of “Regina Reynolds, a strong black woman in the truest sense! But her taste for the good life didn’t necessarily include her husband Marcus or her daughter Monica. It truly takes “A Mother’s Love” from Georgia to pray her down to earth!“
Survivor: Living Above the Noise a film by and about Brooke Bello, it tells the tale of “one woman’s search for freedom from a devastating act of destruction to the ultimate ‘triumph of the human spirit.“ Bello documents her own story of working as a sexual slave in the U.S.
Shadow & Act Write up for Tango Macbeth
Preview Meta-fictional Feature ‘Tango Macbeth’ – A play, Inside A Documentary, Inside A Film
August 10, 2012 2:25 PM
In reading the synopsis for this, I immediately thought of William Greaves’ 1968 momentous Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, and its layers of metatextual storytelling, inherent in the concept of the story: that of a documentary, inside a documentary, inside a documentary.
But in this case, with Tango Macbeth (an official selection of the 2012 Roxbury International Film Festival and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival), it’s a play, inside a documentary, inside a film!
Produced and directed by Nadine Patterson (along with her mother Marlene Patterson) Tango Macbeth’s synopsis reads:
A theater company rehearses Macbeth. A documentary film crew follows them during the rehearsal process. Occasionally the actors become lost in Shakespeare’s world. This blend of intense drama, dance and humor is a refreshing take on Shakespeare’s classic text.
The story of Macbeth is one that I’m sure many of you are already familiar with (or can look up quickly and catch up), so I won’t bother with a breakdown. But what’s the connection with the other word in the title of the film – “Tango”?
In the filmmaker’s words:
The idea of a tango dance, with multiple partners, each coupling has it’s own intensity and power dynamics. The word tango comes from the Congo in central Africa and means drum circle. A place where people in the community are invited to dance and share. We use the word tango in this literal sense. The film audience is invited into a space to experience and share. The music is very percussive, keeping in line with the traditional African drum music used in tango circles.
Tango Macbeth was shot over 11 days in July, with a multi-ethnic cast and crew, in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
It stars Alexandra Bailey, Brian Anthony Wilson, Justin Bryant, Veronica Wathome, and James Tolbert.
Original music was created by Lenny Seidman.
Choreography is by Zane Booker.
Check out the trailer below:
Above, from left to right: Carlo Campbell, Alexandra Bailey, Daniel Armella
Justin Bryant and Valerie Heckel
[All images photographed by Nadine M. Patterson. Top two photos production design by John Roberts; location is Arcadia University. Third photo location Center City Philadelphia. Please credit Harmony Image Productions.]