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Black Bottom Film Festival 2019

Black Bottom Film Festival 2019

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Black Bottom Film Festival 2019

Black Bottom Film Festival 2019

Fri, Feb 22 - Sun, Feb 24, 2019
  • August Wilson Center - African American Cultural Center
  • August Wilson Cultural Center
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From age-old classics to contemporary work, the second annual Black Bottom Film Festival will illuminate and celebrate African American cinema and unique Black people. The festival will showcase movies that focus on the recurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. In particular, the festival will celebrate African-American filmmaking pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence American culture.

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Screenings and Events on Friday February 22, 2019

Children of NAN - Alisha Wormsley

In a dystopic future, Aditi 34 has only known life underground in a lab where she was created with her three sisters. Their maker, the Scientist, keeps them locked away for their "own safety." Her only connection to the outside world is an archive that gives her insight to how they came to be underground. She and her sisters start to have visions of their mother, NAN and the outside world and even one another in a different life. One by one her sisters begin to disappear and Aditi 34 must escape the lab, go above ground and search through time and space for her sisters and NAN. The Children of NAN is a metaphor for the survival and power of black women. Children of NAN uses science fiction tropes, historical and anthropological narrative, and origin mythology of race, mysticism and gender.


Rock Rubber 45's - Bobbito Garcia

ROCK RUBBER 45s is a cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative. The ballplayer/author/DJ/filmmaker has carved an independent career that has inspired millions throughout the world and has affected the growth and direction of the footwear, hip hop, and sports industries in the process. Featuring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rosie Perez, Stevie Wonder, Questlove, Patti Labelle, Michael Rapaport, Chuck D, Chris Paul, Scottie Pippen, The Professor, Earl Manigault, Pee Wee Kirkland, Maxwell, Eddie Palmieri, Louie Vega, Raekwon, Legs, Clark Kent, Roc Raida, Talib Kweli, Serch, Spinna, Rich Medina, Spike Lee, Kobe, Magic.


Screenings and Events on Saturday February 23, 2019



The Wiz - Sidney Lumet

The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure that reimagines L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Movie The Wizard of Oz. This cult classic features an all-black cast, and still follows the adventures of Dorothy, but who is now a shy, twenty-four-year-old Harlem schoolteacher who finds herself magically transported to the urban fantasy Land of Oz, which resembles a dream version of New York City. Befriended by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, she travels through the city to seek an audience with the mysterious Wiz, who they say is the only one powerful enough to send her home. Produced by Rob Cohen and directed by Sidney Lumet, the film stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor.

Horror Noire - Xavier Virgin EP Dr. Robin Means Coleman

A look at the history of Black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning. Featuring Jordan Peele, Keith David, Loretta Devine and Paula Jai Parker.

Yardie - Idris Elba

Directed by international film and television star Idris Elba, Yardie is set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).

Screenings and Events on Sunday February 24, 2018


For Love of Ivy - Daniel Mann

For Love of Ivy is a 1968 romantic comedy film directed by Daniel Mann. The film stars Sidney Poitier, Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges, Nan Martin, Lauri Peters and Carroll O'Connor. The story was written by Sidney Poitier with screenwriter Robert Alan Arthur. The musical score was composed by Quincy Jones. The theme song "For Love of Ivy", written by Quincy Jones and Bob Russell, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film received Golden Globe supporting acting nominations for Beau Bridges and Abbey Lincoln.

Generation - Pamela Woolford

A Story of Art, Healing, Love, and Escape. An elderly narrator revisits her youth, telling the story of her sister Mable, a poor farm girl who reads classic literature to their abusive father, struggling mother, and family of seven brothers and sisters, helping to forge a new existence for them for generations to come. An experimental solo-screendance short, Generation is shaped by a script consisting of two nearly identical voiceover monologues, echoing each other at various points and driving and chasing the film’s visual images. Generation is about memory and storytelling and windows in time. The film is inspired by the life of filmmaker Pamela Woolford’s octogenarian mother, Sadie Woolford, who grew up in rural poverty-stricken North Carolina in the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, where she would read classic literature to her family of ten sisters and brothers. In Generation, literary works of O. Henry—“The Gift of the Magi” and “The Last Leaf”—and the opening storyline.

A Drop of Sun Under the Earth - Shikeith

A Drop of Sun Under the Earth is a short experimental film directed by Shikeith, about a shy Black boy whose experience of a compassionate encounter turns the emotional and sexual traumas lodged in his body into dreams about otherwise love. The film premiered in October 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as a part of the Black Intimacy film series curated by Adeze Wilford and has since screened at film festivals that include Inside Out (Toronto), Rio Festival de Gênero & Sexualidade (Brasil), & the British Film Institute’s Flare (London).

Ali's Comeback: The Untold Story - Art Jones

An unusual group of people who came together in the most unlikely location to make it possible for the greatest athlete on the planet to have a career once again.

THAT SHOULD’VE WON AN OSCAR! A Trivia Game about Black Cinema In Collaboration with BOOM Concepts

Blue Wall: A Conspiracy Against Citizens - Raymond Spencer

The Blue Wall: A Conspiracy Against Citizens, is a short film created in response to the rash of police killings of unarmed citizens across the Divided States Of America,. What happens when an officer kills a citizen? The film explores the mindset of an officer that has mistakenly killed an unarmed citizen at a traffic stop; and the hidden corruption within the institution of law enforcement.

The Lovers Lyfe - Emmai Alaquiva

The Lovers Lyfe is based on a true story that shows no matter how long or how far apart if its meant to be, it will be. The Lovers Lyfe is set in Pittsburgh in the early 90s with Nina, a young, ambitious single mother from Pittsburgh, who lost her mother tragically to cancer while she was pregnant with her daughter. Her love for her daughter was so great that she turned tragedy into focus by doing what she had to do to provide for herself and her daughter. She obtained a fake ID so she could work in one of Pittsburgh's hottest nightclubs, Forbes Studio, as a high paying bartender. With the help of friends and loved ones, she was able to hustle and make a decent living for herself and her daughter when she was just 19 years old. Chris, originally from New York, was a top student at his university in Pittsburgh and he brought his New York spirit of survival with him by opening up one of the only hot dog stands in the area as a way to take care of himself and pay for college. The two cross paths early on with a chance meeting at Forbes Studios, but time and circumstances kept them apart for a couple of decades. Who would have thought a simple Facebook message would rekindle a lost love in such an unforgettable way. Here's the story of The Lovers Lyfe...  

Pas Honteux - John "Dr. Teeth" Tucker

Pas Honteux is a dark comedy in which social expectations meets willful stupidity that plays like an exhilarating gift, This film is Friday meets French New Wave. The story focuses on a young African American slacker who wakes up one day speaking only French. The film brings to light the fact that we not only judge people by their looks but also by the way they speak.


Festival Weekend Pass - $58.75 - includes access to all screenings, QA sessions and workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Festival Day Pass - Friday $28.75, Saturday $38.75, Sunday $38.75 - includes access to all screenings, QA sessions and workshops on the one day purchased.

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