Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sugar Cane Alley and other upcoming screenings at NMWA in DC

Upcoming film screenings at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC, also a workshop organized by NMWA:

"Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm
Sisters in Cinema: Euzhan Palcy’s Sugar Cane Alley
Euzhan Palcy was the first Black woman to direct a feature film in Hollywood, A Dry White Season in 1989. SUGAR CANE ALLEY (Rue cases nègres, 1983, 35mm, 103 min., French with English subtitles) is Palcy’s first feature. This compelling story follows an orphaned boy and his grandmother as they struggle to escape from the shantytowns surrounding a sugar plantation in Martinique. ASL interpretation will be provided for the discussion.
Members, Seniors, Students: $4, General $5.
*
Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 20 at 1pm
Thursday, August 28 at noon
MR DIAL HAS SOMETHING TO SAY
MR DIAL HAS SOMETHING TO SAY (Celia Carey, 2007, 57 min.) is a fascinating and expertly crafted documentary that explores the topic of racism and classism in the elite world of the American visual arts, focusing on the experiences of Thornton Dial, a 79 year old “self-taught” artist from Alabama, and featuring prominently the women from Gee’s Bend. The artists and leading art critics, curators and cultural theorists explore these important and poignant issues. Has African-American improvisational visual art been disregarded by the mainstream art world as less important? Have terms such as “outsider,” “visionary,” “primitive,” “folk,” “self-taught,” and “naïve”—all of which have been applied to this particular style—downgraded the importance of this art? Admission for this program is FREE.
*
Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm
Sisters in Cinema: Cheryl Dunye’s Short Films
Filmmaker in person!
Join us for a special screening of the short films of Cheryl Dunye (Watermelon Woman, My Baby’s Daddy) and a discussion with the feted filmmaker. The program will include a documentary about Dunye’s research for the making of her HBO award winning feature film Stranger Inside, in which Dunye conducts a screenwriting workshop with inmates at a correctional facility in Minnesota, and also collaborates with renowned photographer Catherine Opie. Also included in the program: GREETINGS FROM AFRICA (1994, 16mm, 8 min.), which mixes film with video as Cheryl (played by the director) humorously experiences the mysteries of lesbian dating in the 90’s; the hilarious queer film classic THE POTLUCK AND THE PASSION (1993, video, 30 min.), which explores racial, sexual and social politics at a lesbian potluck; the self-refletive SHE DON’T FADE (1991, video, 24 min); and others. Members, Seniors, Students $4; General $5.
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Sign up now for…Saturday, August 30 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sisters in Cinema: Role Model Workshop with Cheryl Coward
Express Yourself: Online Chapbooks with Cheryl Coward
Writer and multimedia designer Cheryl Coward leads this intensive workshop, in which students ages 13-18 use creative writing exercises and a web design tutorial to create a chapbook showcasing their writing and art.
Free! Reservations required. Call 202-783-7370 or email reservations@nmwa.org.

* Location: Computer Lab (Room 311) of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, in downtown Washington, D.C.

Sisters in Cinema is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reservations are recommended for all programs. For more information: (202) 783-7370 or reservations@nmwa.org

NATIONAL MUSEUM of WOMEN in the ARTS Theater
1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC
(Two blocks north of Metro Center)

All public areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible."

- Sujewa

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