Tango Macbeth Premieres in Queens at Museum of the Moving Image Friday August 15th 7pm

Screening & Live Event
Tango Macbeth

 

With director Nadine Patterson in person

Part of the series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner, Inc.

Dir. Nadine Patterson. 2012, 74 mins. Digital projection. With Alexandra Bailey, Brian Anthony Wilson. In this multicultural and experimental Macbeth, a theater company rehearses the play while a documentary crew follows them. This blend of world music, contemporary dance, humor, and cinema verite is a refreshing take on the classic tragedy, and the first film adaptation of Shakespeare directed by an African-American woman.

Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m. For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page.

SERIES
Changing the Picture (2014)

Ongoing
Sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Organized by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Warrington Hudlin

This ongoing series celebrates and explores the work of film and television artists of color who are bringing diverse voices to the screen. The series, which consists of screenings and discussions with directors, writers, actors, scholars, and more, includes contemporary work as well as historically significant work that has played an important role in the evolving attempt to “change the picture” and bring a wider variety of voices and visions to the moving image.

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Tango Macbeth New York Screenings Announced: November 24th & 25th @ the African Diaspora International Film Festival

Tango Macbeth will have two screenings at the 20th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival: Saturday, November 24 at 8:30pm and Sunday November 25th at 5pm. For locations click here or see below. Click here for ticket information.

Saturday, November 24th 8:30 PM at Teachers College, Columbia University-The Chapel located at 525 West 120th Street, New York is the first screening,  followed by an in depth Q&A with director Nadine Patterson. The talk will include discussion about the film, Ms. Patterson’s 20 plus year career as an American independent filmmaker and her book about her filmmaking experiences called Always Emerging.  She will sign books at the screening. Purchase tickets for the premiere here at Brown Paper Tickets.

Sunday, November 25th 5:00 PM at Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space located at 2537 Broadway, New York (Upper West Side @ 96th St.) is the  second screening of Tango Macbeth  with a Q&A after the film with Ms. Patterson. Purchase tickets online here at Brown Paper Tickets.

The producers would like to thank all of the cast and crew as well as Philadelphia’s community of arts supporters. Without your continuous support, this film would not have been possible. It does indeed take a community to make a film. Thank You.

20th New York City African Diaspora International Film Festival Announces Ticket Sales and Film Selection Preview

Click here for to go to Shadow & Act at IndieWire or read article below.

News from Shadow & Act

by Natasha Greeves
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.

It’s a Play, within a Documentary, within a Film

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.