Posted in: | No Comments | May 24, 2012
|When:||Back to Calendar » August 7, 2012 @ 12:30 am - 3:00 am|
|Where:||St. Nicholas Park, Harlem
Directions: Take the B or D train to 135th and exit towards 135th and St. Nicholas Ave
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Film: Pariah – 86 min. | USA | directed by Dee Rees
Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. She strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.
Pariah world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was honored with the Festival’s [U.S. Dramatic Competition] Excellence in Cinematography Award (focusfeatures.com).
About the Director
Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and a 2008 Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow. She has written and directed several short films, including Orange Bow (centering on a teenage boy) and Pariah. The latter, completed in 2007, screened at over 40 festivals worldwide (including Sundance) and garnered 25 Best Short awards. Additionally, Pariah was a finalist for the 2009 Sundance/NHK International Award. Ms. Rees was also selected as a 2008 Tribeca Institute/Renew Media Arts Fellow for her work; was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for 2008; and was nominated for a USA Fellowship in 2009.
Also prior to making Pariah, Ms. Rees directed a documentary feature, Eventual Salvation. The film, which she also edited, received a 2007 Sundance Documentary Fund Grant and premiered on the Sundance Channel in October 2009. It follows her grandmother’s return to Liberia on to help rebuild a community following the country’s civil war.
She previously worked as a script supervision intern on Spike Lee’s epic documentary When the Levees Broke and feature Inside Man; and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University (focusfeatures.com).
Music: Bachslider feat. Honeychild Coleman
Bachslider is fronted by vocalist/bassist Honeychild Coleman, a Brooklyn-based prolific musician and DJ who has worked with luminaries such as Mad Professor, DJ Olive, Badawi, and toured with The Slits. Coleman is a featured artist on the “Pariah” soundtrack, with “Parallel” (Audio Dyslexia) and her solo single “Echelon”, which Bachslider will perform live.
The Skins are an infectious Brooklyn-based rock band consisting of siblings Bayli, Reef, and Kaya Mckeithan, along with friends and dueling guitarists Daisy Spencer and Russell Chell. Although they range in ages from 13-19, The Skins play like old pro’s, offering a soulful interpretation of rock that today’s audiences crave and proving that age doesn’t matter. As one reviewer puts it, “The SKINS are so amazingly bad ass, everything they do sounds the way you want a hard rock album to sound. It is intimidating, mysterious, sensual and mostly just a glorious expression of the art.”-SYFFAL.com http://www.syffal.com/album-review-the-skins-ep.
Their self-titled EP, The Skins, has been receiving rave reviews since its release in January 2012, creating buzz from countless blogs, radiostation and magazines. Their first in-studio music video recorded by Wreckroom Records (Brainchild of actor Adrian Grenier) received over 10,000 views in its first week on YouTube. In May, the international magazine Prysm ran a feature on the band. They are also a steady favorite on Afropunk.com. If you are fortunate enough to catch a live performance by the Skins then get ready to be blown away and save your ticket so you can prove that you saw them before they were big. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theskinsband.