We had an all star ensemble of movie goers at the Tugg AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 screening of Tango Macbeth. Warrington Hudlin came to see the film, along with other notable independent filmmakers based in New York such as Mariette Monpierre. Alexandra Bailey who plays Lady Macbeth also attended the screening. F&M alumni Crystal Jones, Joel Bramble, and Ellen Henneberry attended the event, as well as London Film School alumni Dana Verde. And a group of young women from the KippStar College Prep Academy attended. More photos to come! [photos by Mariette Monpierre]
If you missed the Harlem screening you can buy and watch the film on Digital HD via VHXTV for $7.99. Once you purchase it, you can stream or download the film on any device. We are offering a limited number of $1 off coupons. Just type in the code “TMAC” at http://tangomacbeth.vhx.tv/.
Our Pittsburgh premiere is now co-sponsored by the Sembene Film & Arts Festival.
We are presenting our film via Tugg. You MUST make your reservation online. You can order your $10 tickets here http://www.tugg.com/events/7259. It is best if you order your ticket today or before February 17th. Don’t miss out on this one time only Pittsburgh screening with director Nadine Patterson. There will be a Q&A immediately following the film with the director and assistant director Martha Conley.
The Sembene Film & Arts Festival formed in 2009 to celebrate the life and honor the legacy of Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. Ousmane Sembène is considered the ‘Father of African Cinema’ and one of the most important filmmakers of the 20th century. Sembène – the Film & Arts Festival is the first film festival ever launched in honor of the Ousmane Sembène and it’s the first film festival in the region dedicated to showcasing films by, about and from the African Diaspora.
Festival organizers see the festival as a vehicle to speak to the critical issues facing people of African descent – indeed, the world community. Check out the February line-up. Visit: http://www.sembenefilmfestival.org/
I look forward to meeting you all at Southside Works Cinema! Tuesday 7pm February 18th— Cheers, Nadine Patterson, writer/director TANGO MACBETH
It’s official. Tango Macbeth will have it’s New York City Premiere at the 20th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival November 23 to December 9th, 2012. I will post the dates as soon as they are made public. Congrats to everyone who made this film possible. See you in New York City!
Macbeth- deconstructed- Tango Macbeth is a visceral, fluid, energetic re-imagining of this classic tragedy for a 21st Century multicultural world.
Synopsis of the film: 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.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth was originally set in 11th Century Scotland at a time of great upheaval. Duncan’s army has just defeated the Norwegians, and General Macbeth has received a new title and lands in acknowledgment of his victories on the war field. But the Witches have told Macbeth and his co-commander Banquo that one day Macbeth will be king, and Banquo will be mother to a line of Kings (unknown to most, Banquo had an affair with Duncan and her son Fleance is an illegitimate heir to the throne).
Macbeth writes of this prophesy to his wife Lady Macbeth. She is thrilled at the news and plots a way to gain the throne sooner as opposed to later- by any means necessary.
Eventually the Macbeths kill King Duncan and anyone who stands in their way. Macbeth even goes so far as to have his friend Banquo murdered. At the first major social affair where the Macbeths are King and Queen, Banquo’s Ghost comes to dinner and haunts Macbeth. But Macbeth remains resolute and continues to have friends and families killed to solidify his position on the throne. But the killing takes a toll on Lady Macbeth, who goes mad and eventually commits suicide after she learns of the slaughter of Macduff’s wife and children.
In the final scenes Macduff vows revenge for the destruction of his family and attacks the Macbeth estate.
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.
Our version of Macbeth differs from Shakespeare’s in the following manner:
a) Banquo is played as a woman
b) Teenage boy parts, such as Fleance, are played by women
c) The cast comes from various cultural backgrounds
d) The drama of the play intersects with the drama of making the film
e) We reference various cultures in the music, set design, costume, and shooting style of the film.
f) The center of the story is the family drama of the Macbeths and the Macduffs.
g) We start the film in the middle of the play where Macduff discovers the King has been murdered.