New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project

19 septembre 2011

The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project

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07 janvier 2011

The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project

wishes you Happy New Year!

 

Welcome to Fair Grinds ! 

3133 Ponce de Leon NOLA 70119

 

Friday January 7

 

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6 pm  Dive !  Independent film with special guest, Director Jeremy Seifert 

7:30 pm Tom Marron and Daron Douglas - guitar, fiddle, harmonica

6 - 8 pm For lagniappe:  Wine Tasting at Swirl Wine Bar

             3143 Ponce de Leon NOLA 70119

 

About Dive

 

Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food. That's 263 million pounds a day. 11 million pounds an hour. 3,000 pounds a second.

This is something that we can change in our lifetime. We imagine a world of empty dumpsters, good food in full bellies, and regular people leading sustainable lives. Send a message to the grocery stores and tell them that you care about the environment, food waste, and hungry people--and they should too!

 

 

 

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EAT TRASH Campaign to End Food Waste is part of a growing movement that re-examines the role of food in a society that wastes 1/2 of all that it produces. This is a call to action. We inspire, awaken, challenge, educate, and empower individuals to reduce waste in the home, school, work, and cafeteria. We pressure supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, and corporations to Save More and Waste Less. We highlight the role of hunger, poverty, and waste in society and take this on as an issue of justice, ethics, morality, and common sense. We imagine a world of empty dumpsters, full bellies, and regular people leading sustainable lives. Join the campaign now and become an EAT TRASH advocate! Details to follow! 

 

 

 

For more information

noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

504-942-8542

http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

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03 janvier 2011

Le Baobab du Bonheur !

Je  vous embrasse et vous souhaite

 

une année pleine de lumière.

 

 

 

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Joseph Gaï Ramaka
Co-President & Festival Director of Noafest
Independent Screenwriter and Filmmaker

 

 

 

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18 décembre 2010

KEEP THE FILMS COMING!

 

The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project

 

Dear Friend,

If you joined us for our October 1 Gala honoring Vera Warren-Williams and Jennifer Turner of the Community Book Center, or October 2-10 for free Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival screenings and live music, the E Paul Julien exhibit or discussion with Gwen Midlo Hall, Michael Martin and Felipe Smith, at Bayou Road, the Lower 9th Ward Village, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation or the Contemporary Arts Center, then you know the value and fun in what we do!

Please donate to NOAFEST.  A contribution, large or small, helps us continue showcasing New Orleans and guest filmmakers, artists and scholars, and screening stunning films from and about sister communities such as Haiti, Cuba, Ghana, Mali and Mississippi.

We need your support!  Please go to www.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org/donate.php.

Did you know you may become a member of NOAFEST (2011) for $40?  In addition to the satisfaction of supporting a young and vibrant organization that needs you, you’ll be able to purchase a discounted ticket for next year’s Gala, as well as receive an invitation to the 2011 Festival After Party with filmmakers and other guests!

For those who missed the October blitz, it’s not too late to check us out this season.  Come on down for one of our four remaining Cinéma Première monthly screenings, January – April! See below and visit our website for details.

 

With sincere thanks and best wishes for your holiday season,

Joseph Gaï Ramaka                                                      Eileen Julien

Co-President & Festival Director                                 Co-President

 

 

Special thanks to:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation

 

NOAFEST is a tax-exempt public charity

 

Welcome to Fair Grinds ! 

3133 Ponce de Leon NOLA 70119

 

Friday January 7

 

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6 pm  Dive !  Independent film with special guest, Director Jeremy Seifert 

7:30 pm Tom Marron and Daron Douglas - guitar, fiddle, harmonica

6 - 8 pm For lagniappe:  Wine Tasting at Swirl Wine Bar

             3143 Ponce de Leon NOLA 70119

 

 

 

  Cinéma Première Inside/Outside at the Café Rose Nicaud !

      632 Frenchmen Street, 70116

 

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Six independent films will premiere over several months (October 2010 – April 2011) at Café Rose Nicaud 

The directors will accompany their films to answer questions about their subjects and techniques.

 

Friday February 11, at 7:30 pm    Abel Raises Cain With Director Jenny Abel

Friday March 11, at 7:30 pm   Awake My Soul. : The story of the sacred harp With Director Matt Hinton

Friday April 8, at 7:30 pm  Prodigal Sons With Director Kimberly

 

 

For more information

noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

504-942-8542

http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

 

 

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12 novembre 2010

Cinéma Première Inside/Outside at the Café Rose Nicaud !

 

The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project

presents

Cinéma Première Inside/Outside at the Café Rose Nicaud !

 

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Six independent films will premiere over several months (October 2010 – April 2011) at Café Rose Nicaud 

(632 Frenchmen Street, 70116).

The directors will accompany their films to answer questions about their subjects and techniques.

 

 

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with special guest Cambria Matlow, Director

Cambria Matlow, Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Cambria Matlow co-founded Birdgirl Productions in 2005 to support this project.  Prior to this Cambria directed and lensed several short narrative films, including THE SACRED CLOWN, an experimental film about Che Guevara that examines the cultural consequences of political idolatry.  She’s helped produce the Vermont International Film Festival and in New York she’s worked in development and production with social issue media organization Arts Engine on several documentaries including Rose and Nangabire and Nicaragua Dreaming.  Now, in her role as manager of non-theatrical programming at Film Movement, she leads nationwide distribution and outreach efforts for award-winning foreign and American independent feature films.  Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.  She has driven across the United States six times, lived in Spain and New Zealand, and traveled abroad extensively, including time spent in Morocco, Singapore, Central America, Mexico, and Eastern Europe.  BURNING IN THE SUN marks her documentary feature directorial debut.

Morgan Robinson, Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Morgan Robinson began his filmmaking career in the production department for Spike Lee’s HE GOT GAME and SUMMER OF SAM.  He attended the New York Film Academy and his narrative short CATABASIS won first prize at the Dominique Dunne Memorial Film Festival and a Golden Apple at the National Educational Media Network Film Festival.  Morgan assisted filmmaker John Halpern shooting and producing his documentary film ANGER on location in Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.  Subsequently Morgan took on the project of co-directing and photographing BURNING IN THE SUN, and has been working on every aspect of this film since 2005.  In addition he has produced the promotional video JI DUMA: BRING THEM WATER, as well as a narrative short, HANDS and a documentary short, THE DOMINO PROJECT.  Recently Morgan produced and photographed John Halpern’s latest documentary ONCE PARADISE on location in Kashmir, India.  Currently he is an associate producer at Punched in the Head Productions making the Emmy-winning show True Life for MTV.  Morgan studied religion at Columbia University and speaks English, French, Spanish and Mandarin

 

About the Film
At the beginning we wanted to make a movie about everyone we had filmed during the three months and 140 hours of tape we shot in Mali, because each character was so fascinating and vibrant – we could have made a different and exciting movie about any one of them, from the sole female schoolteacher Olga Sidibe in Banko village to Dr. Richard Komp, the mad scientist who acts as Daniel’s mentor.  After months of editing though, it became clear that Daniel Dembélé – passionate, complex, and commanding onscreen – was to be the main focus, and that his story could best encompass the issues we wanted to delve into in the film.

Founding a small business is something that is deeply embedded in American and European culture, a topic to which many can relate.  But most have never seen this universal kind of effort take place in Africa, traditionally marked out by the media as the land of the starving, the war ravaged and the hopeless.  In our portrayal of Daniel, who undertakes a familiar effort in an unfamiliar environment, we attempt to open the door to what is possible in Africa, and update Western cultural awareness with a profound dose of optimism.  For us, Daniel’s work shatters notions of the need for African dependence on outside aid and embraces the view that ultimately it is Africans who will develop Africa in their own way.

BURNING IN THE SUN is often labeled as a film that is ‘African’ or ‘Environmental’, but our goal in telling this particular story is to disegregate these two topics, and to encourage niche audiences to join together in dialogue, and start a new discussion on the world stage.  Strikingly beautiful, surprisingly emotional, and a revolution of ideas, the film provides a newschool portrait of a Green Africa capable of inspiring worldwide emulation.

Web: http://burninginthesun.wordpress.com/
Trailer: http://burninginthesun.wordpress.com/trailer/

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For more information

Email  noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

Tel   504-942-8542

http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

 

 

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19 octobre 2010

Cinéma Première: Inside/Outside at the Café Rose Nicaud !

 

The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project

presents

 

Cinéma Première Inside/Outside at the Café Rose Nicaud !

 

 

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Six independent films will premiere over several months (October 2010 – April 2011) at Café Rose Nicaud (632 Frenchmen Street, 70116).

The directors will accompany their films to answer questions about their subjects and techniques.

 

October 23, 2010 7:30pm

- Photos on the Wall: Work by a New Orleans Photographer

- Short Film by a New Orleans Filmmaker

And

- “Mississippi Damned”

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with special guest Tina Mabry, Writer, Director

About the Filmmaker

Tina Mabry is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Southern California with a M.F.A. in Film Production in 2005. She co-wrote a feature screenplay, Itty Bitty Titty Committee, which won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW in 2007. Tina participated in the FIND Director’s Lab withMississippi Damned and was awarded the Kodak Film Grant.

About the Film

Mississippi Damned tells the tale of three poor, black kids in rural Mississippi who face the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction and violence. They struggle to escape their circumstances and must decide whether to confront what’s plagued their family for generations or succumb to the same crippling fate, forever damned in Mississippi. Bitterly honest and profoundly subtle, the film captures growing up in a world where possibilities and opportunities seem to die in the face of the suffocating reality of physical and sexual abuse, obsession and a myriad of destructive compulsions.

Web: http://www.mississippidamned.com/

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA5f47ihycs

 

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17 septembre 2010

Noafest At the Café Rose Nicaud

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Noafest At the Café Rose Nicaud

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16 septembre 2010

The second annual Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival

 

Friday October 1 - Sunday October 10.

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The second annual Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival

GALVEZ SOLARIUM OCTOBER 1st

  • The first Toni Cade Bambara Award for Cultural Leadership Gala Celebration – 6:30 pm

 

BAYOU ROAD SATURDAY OCTOBER 2nd

  • Music, open air market – 3:00 pm
  • Salon littéraire et artistique I with Gwendolyn Midlo Hall – 4:00 pm
  • Kora Konnection & Zion Trinity – 5:30 pm
  • “Bamboozled” Film directed by Spike Lee – 8:00 pm
  • “Midnight Shrimp Boil” with ginger beer – 11:00 pm

 

BAYOU ROAD SUNDAY OCTOBER 3rd

  • Salon littéraire et artistique II, Children write and read – 3:00 pm

 

CAFÉ ROSE NICAUD TUESDAY OCTOBER 5th

  • Film Screening // “She’s Gotta Have It” by Spike Lee – 7:30 pm

 

CAFÉ ROSE NICAUD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6th

  • Film Screening // “If God is willing and da creek don’t rise” (part I ) by Spike Lee – 7:30 pm

 

CAFÉ ROSE NICAUD – THURSDAY OCTOBER 7th

  • Film Screening // “If God is willing and da creek don’t rise” (part II) by Spike Lee – 7:30 pm

 

THE LOWER 9TH WARD VILLAGE FRIDAY OCTOBER 8th

  • Charmaine Neville – 7:00 pm
  • “Haïti Chérie” with special guest, Director Claudio Del Punta – 8:00 pm
  • “Midnight Shrimp Boil” with ginger beer – 11:00 pm

 

JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION SATURDAY OCTOBER 9th

  • Salon littéraire et artistique III – Works and presentation by Eric P. Julien – 4:00 pm
  • Treme Brass Band & Fredy Omar con su banda – 5:30 pm
  • “El Benny” with special guest, Director Jorge Luis Sánchez – 8:00 pm
  • “Midnight Shrimp Boil” with ginger beer – 9:30 pm

 

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER SUNDAY OCTOBER 10th

  • “Football Fables” with special guest, Director Baff Akoto – 3:00 pm
  • Salon littéraire et artistique IV – Close up by Prof. Michael Martin – 4:30 pm
  • “Bamboozled and Black Face in New Orleans” with Prof. Felipe Smith
  • “Roundtable with Guest Directors”

 

For more information
Email noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org
Tel 504-899-4382
http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

 

 

 

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08 septembre 2010

The Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival at the ...

 

Contemporary Arts Center   Sunday 10

Venue

900 Camp Street, 

New Orleans, LA 70130-3908

 

3 pm

With special guest, Director Baff Akoto 

 

Football Fables

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African football has a higher profile and more global stars than at any other time in history. 

But what does it takes to make the transition from a rural African field to a top European football club? 

If he’s good enough, how does a young African come to the attention of Real Madrid or Manchester United?

Football Fables, is a unique documentary – providing unprecedented insight into the inner workings of African football migration. 

This film unfolds through the eyes of Francis, a talented teenager on the brink of a dream transfer, 

His talent is undoubted, his desire immeasurable, but will that be enough to secure his future?

Francis’ journey sheds light on the relationships between talented young players, agents, managers and bureaucrats. 

A combination which (in spite of itself) manages to produce some of the best players in the world.

 


 


4:30 pm

Salon littéraire et artistique IV

“Close up” by Prof. Michael Martin

“Bamboozled and Black Face in New Orleans” with Prof. Felipe Smith

“Roundtable with Claudio del Punta, Jorge Luis Sanchez, Rosa Maria Valdés Valdés, Baff Akoto”



 

Thanks to The Contemporary Arts Center

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Mission:The CAC is a multi-disciplinary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, that is dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of the art of our time.

Statement of Purpose:The CAC is a cultural leader. As such, it organizes, presents and tours curated exhibitions, performances and programs by local, regional, national and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local and regional leadership by educating children and adults; cultivating and growing audiences; and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities and supporters.

Vision:Our vision is that the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans be a multi-disciplinary arts center, nationally recognized as a leader in the presentation and support of contemporary arts, artists and emerging art forms. In doing so, it will explore and involve the diverse cultures of our communities.

For more information

http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org/index.php

 noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

 1 504-942-8542


 

 

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The Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival at the

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Saturday 9

4 pm

Salon littéraire et artistique III


Mixed-media works and gallery presentation

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5:30 pm

Treme Brass Band

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8 pm


With special guest, Director Jorge Luis Sánchez


“El Benny”

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Based on the life of Benny Moré, the film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when

Moré leaves the orchestra of Duany and starts his own 'Banda Gigante'.

In flashback we learn of his success in Mexico. Moré is caught in the events connected to Batista's coup in Cuba.

Also, he tours Venezuela, where he suffers the machinations of a vengeful businessman.

After collapsing and being hospitalised, Moré swears off alcohol.

Some years later, he encounters his old band-mate Monchy, fallen on hard times. eative

partner Heidi Rodewald), narrated and overseen by Stew

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“Midnight Shrimp Boil” with ginger beer - 9:30 pm



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In 1970, the Foundation was set up to be the nonprofit owner of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Jazz Fest (
http://www.nojazzfest.com) – with a mission to sow the seeds of our unique culture for generations to come.

In the early days, the festival wasn’t the world-famous event that it is today – one that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to New Orleans and pumps $300 million a year into the local economy. No, it is often said that at the first Jazz Fest there were more performers onstage than people in the audience.

But the founders believed that Jazz Fest would one day grow into a major success. Everyone involved wanted to make sure that the festival’s proceeds would be redistributed into the local community.

So the Foundation, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, was established with a distinguished board of directors and a full-time staff. It’s mission:

“To promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.”

To that end, the Foundation has developed numerous programs and assets. Click here to learn more about them, and here to contribute to the Foundation’s efforts.

http://www.jazzandheritage.org/


For more information

http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org/index.php

noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

504-942-8542


07 septembre 2010

Bayou Road - Saturday 2

 

The second annual

Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival

at the Bayou Road    

Saturday 2 

Venue

2523 Bayou Road
New Orleans, LA 70119

 

Music, open air market - 3 pm

Salon littéraire et artistique I with Gwendolyn Midlo Hall - 4 pm

 

8 pm

Bamboozled

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Fiction | 135 mins | USA | 2000

Film directed by  Spike Lee


“Delacroix plans to write a show that will be so "offensive and racist," 

it will prove his point that the network only wants to see black buffoons on the  air….”  
As the show becomes a success, tempers at the network flair and then comes a tragic conclusion. 
Written by  Satchmo_on_Satchmo. 

    

 


 
 

5:30 pm

A performance by

Kora Konnection 

 

& Zion Trinity

will precede the screening 
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“Midnight Shrimp Boil” with ginger beer - 11 pm

 

 

 

Bayou Road  Sunday 3

Salon littéraire et artistique II, Children write and read - 3 pm


 

 

The Community Book Center

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More than a book store". Featuring African-centered books, art, fabric, gifts and more. Available to schools, churches, community events for storytelling, book clubs, performance venue, meeting space and book fairs. Will do special orders.

The Community Book Center, a locally owned bookstore, is focused on celebrating the heritage and tradition of these vibrant and historic communities. The Community Book Center hosts monthly story telling events for area students, film showings, group discussions, while also serving as a meeting place for local charter schools and community groups. As much as the Community Book Center is a bookstore, it is also a community institution with deep roots in these neighborhoods, and is very dedicated to supporting its neighbors.
Community Book Center

 

 

 

For more information

Email  noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

Tel   504-899-4382

http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

 

 

 


 

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06 septembre 2010

Haïti Chérie and Charmaine Neville At the The Lower 9th Ward Village

 

The second annual

Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival

 Presents

 

 
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Fiction | 103 mins | Italy | 2007



Friday 8 october 2010 - 7 pm


At the
The Lower 9th Ward Village
1001 Charbonnet st at Rampart
NOLA 70117

Screening with the Director
Claudio Del Punta

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A Haitian couple, caught in the oppressive conditions of being trapped working on a sugar plantation in the Dominican Republic, plot to escape in the life of “bayestes” (cane cutter’s communities) and return to Haiti.

A performance by
Charmaine Neville
will precede the screening

 
Shrimp boil with ginger beer will follow

 

 

The Lower 9th Ward Village

Welcome

The Lower 9th Ward Village is a community-driven, community-led, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and neighborhood center based in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main goal of the Village is to bring together the entire Lower 9th Ward and to empower community members to be self-sufficient and to sustain an equitable quality of life. The Village focuses on connecting the elderly and youth, with services and providing care and guidance from the community as a whole. It takes a village…

For more information

http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

504-942-8542

03 septembre 2010

The second annual Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival at the Café Rose Nicaud


The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project

Presents


The second annual

Mississippi River 9th Ward

Film and Arts Festival

 

At the

Café Rose Nicaud

632 Frenchmen St

Nola 70116


Three Films by Spike Lee

 

Tuesday October 5 - 7:30 pm

She's Gotta Have It

 

 

“The story of Nola Darling's simultaneous sexual relationships with three different men is told by her and by her partners and other friends. All three men wanted her to commit solely to them; Nola resists being "owned" by a single partner.” Written by James Meeks.


Wednesday October 6 - 7:30 pm

If God is willing and

da creek don’t rise (part I )

Five years after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, Spike Lee returns to New Orleans, to see how the ambitious plans to renew that wonderful city are going forward.

 

 


Thursday October 7 - 7:30 pm

If God is willing and

da creek don’t rise (part II )



Spike Lee Interview for 'If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise' (part I)


http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/if-god-..


Rose Nicaud 
First Coffee Vendor in New Orleans

Cafe Rose Nicaud is a favorite of locals and world travelers alike. We have a delicious variety of breakfast and lunch specials - try a savory mushroom grillade for breakfast, or delight in spicy jerk chicken on a croissant. Try our freshly baked muffins or quench your thirst with homemade ginger limeade.

Our wide selection of hot and iced gourmet coffees and espresso drinks will get your day off to a delicious start, especially when accompanied by flaky French pastry. Call ahead and we will have your order ready and waiting.

Click here to see a pdf of our menu.


 

 


For more information

 http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

504-942-8542

 

18 août 2010

The first Toni Cade Bambara Award for Cultural Leadership

The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project 

Presents

 

The Toni Cade Bambara Award

for Cultural Leadership As the opening event of the 2010 Mississippi River 9th Ward Film Festival, the New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project (NOAFEST) will host a celebration on Friday October 1, 2010, to present the first annual Toni Cade Bambara Award for Cultural Leadership to two cultural workers who have contributed significantly to the cultural and artistic diversity of the City.  This initiative has been made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

 

We have chosen to name this award for the activist and prolific writer, Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995). Bambara was a practicing artist, filmmaker, educator, feminist, and community activist. Her travels to Cuba and Vietnam helped her see the struggles of African Americans in the context of black nationalist struggles around the globe. She is well known for her novel, The Salt Eaters (1980), but her 1999 novel, Those Bones are not My Child, about the murder of forty black children in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981, is powerful. Toni Morrison edited it and considered it a masterpiece. Bambara once said that she never thought of herself as a writer but as a community person who "writes and does a few other things." But she recognized that "writing is a legitimate way, an important way, to participate in the empowerment of the community that names me" (Black Women Writers, 1984).

 

We are pleased therefore to honor Vera Warren-Williams, who in 1983 founded the Community Book Center (CBC), and Jennifer Turner, the manager of the CBC, with the first annual NOAFEST Toni Cade Bambara Award for Cultural Leadership. These visionary, ambitious and dauntless women have created a bookstore that highlights books by and about Africans and people of African descent. The CBC is also, as many know, a community center, a gathering place to share ideas, food, and to constitute community. In short, the CBC is a people's place.

 

Jennifer Turner insists on the spirit of dialogue as a distinctive feature of their enterprise: "You can go to Barnes and Noble and have books everywhere you can see - from wall to wall, from floor to ceiling, everywhere's a book. But it's not the quantity, but the quality, and that's what we pride ourselves on, the quality of the word. And besides that, where else can you go and have a one on one and talk about a book and give your views and they give it back to you?"

 

Vera Warren-Williams stresses the ultimate goal of breaking down barriers: "Our services weren't specifically for African-Americans, even though that was the primary audience. But we felt it was important for the entire community to have access to this information because all of racial discrimination and prejudice is based on ignorance. The more we know about each other's history and culture, we can eliminate some of those stereotypes and prejudices we carry. Sometimes you can't go certain places and discuss things, so we created a safe haven here for political, cultural, and social discussions."

Joseph Gaï Ramaka

Eileen Julien


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Welcome to Galvez! We specialize in delicious and reasonably priced cuisine, including our house specialties and other customer favorites. Our cuisine entrees are served in a relaxed and welcoming setting that you and your friends and family are sure to enjoy. Whether you are in the mood to indulge in something new or just want to enjoy some old favorites, we promise that our inventive menu and attentive service will leave you truly satisfied. No matter what your occasion calls for or your appetite demands, the friendly staff at Galvez promise to make your next dining experience a pleasant one.

http://www.galvezrestaurant.com

 

 

Venue

Galvez Solarium - French Market

914 North Peters Street New Orleans 70116


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For more information

Visit our website neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

504-899-4382

 

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13 août 2009

Mississippi River 9th Ward Film Festival - Open Air Facing the Mississippi

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Mississippi River 9th Ward Film Festival
Open Air Facing the Mississippi
Saturday October 17
Time 6 - 11pm
Venue: Doullut Steamboat Pilot House
400 Egania Street - New Orleans, LA 70117

On October 17, 2009 the New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival will host a special event for friends of the Mississippi River 9th Ward Film Festival.

We will screen Karmen Geï (2001), the award-winning film of NOAFEST Co-President Joseph Gaï Ramaka.
An adaptation of Bizet’s opera Carmen set in contemporary Senegal, Karmen Geï has been screened and won awards at festivals around the world, including the Cannes Festival in 2001 and in 2002 at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles) where it received the Best Feature Award.

“Mr. Ramaka keeps music bubbling through the text . . .
music becomes an organic part of the way the characters lead their lives, instead of having them break meaninglessly into song.
The wonderful soundtrack . . . has a come-hither fire . . .” (Elvis Mitchell, New York Times).

The screening will take place on the grounds of the historic Doullut Steamboat Pilot House in the lower 9th Ward
and will be preceded by a reception and performances, featuring Kora Konnection,
with Morikeba Kouyate, griot, kora master, and electrifying performer;
Tim Green, internationally acclaimed jazz musician and master of the tenor saxophone;
James Singleton, acoustic bassist and composer extraordinaire;
Jeff Klein, passionate, seasoned percussionist and composer;
and the outstanding Nkafu African dance troupe featuring Mariama Curry.

The October 17 screening will inaugurate the annual Mississippi River 9th Ward Film Festival.

On October 1-3 and October 8-10, 2010, we will bring together celebrated films and cinematic traditions from around the world,
including those of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

We will screen approximately twenty films over two weekends with filmmakers in attendance.
These open air screenings will be held on the banks of the Mississippi River in the lower 9th Ward.
Feature films by guest filmmakers will be preceded by music and dance performances
and also by screenings of films of local interest or made by local filmmakers.
We will host a photography exhibit in which residents of the 9th Ward share photos
on their lives, homes, and neighborhoods before and after Hurricane Katrina,
and we will sponsor a colloquium on the theme of communities and renewal.

Please contribute to this initiative! We need you!

Your ideas, your hard work, funds or whatever you can do to support us!

Go to our website and click on “volunteer” or “how you can help.”
Friends who contribute $30 or more will be invited to the inaugural event on October 17, 2009.

Seating is limited to 200 places. Come join us!

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Mississippi River 9th Ward Film Festival
INAUGURAL EVENT

The Doullut Steamboat Pilot House
400 Egania Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

6:00 pm
Reception
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Performances:
Kora Konnection
Morikeba Kouyate
kora

Tim Green
tenor saxophone

James Singleton
bass

Jeff Klein
percussion

Mariama Curry & Nkafu African Dance Company
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Karmen Geï (2001)
Joseph Gaï Ramaka
director

For more information
Chris Corcoran
504-899-4382 - noafest@neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

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17 mars 2009

Renewal! New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival salutes the release of Mao Yaoteck ....

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From the West Coast of Africa to the West Coast of America, Mao Otayeck’s music, as heard on his first solo album entitled “Renewal”, carries with it an eclectic world mix of soul, rock and African sounds covering the theme of love and hope.

"I'm an all-terrain musician!", he jokes when asked to define himself. "I'm a mixture of different backgrounds including Lebanese, Malien, Argentinian, Ivorian, and French".

His initial encounter in Paris with the legendary Afro-jazz musician Cheik Tidiane Seck and Tony Allen, Fela Kuti's drummer, marked the beginning of his professional career. In 1993, he began a 10-year collaboration with African reggae artist Alpha Blondy as band leader and guitarist for the Solar System.

For 20 years, chance encounters and the search for new sounds allowed him to travel the world and embark upon an incredible project in Los Angeles.

It all began on January 1st 2005 when a demo recording of "Renewal", his song for peace, caught the ear of Stevie Wonder. In March of 2005, Stevie Wonder invited Mao Otayeck to join the NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Los Angeles where he met Herbie Hancock, India Arie and Prince. This marked the beginning of their superb artistic collaboration at the mythical Wonderland Studios in Los Angeles resulting in Stevie Wonder’s composition for the song "Wait" and harmonica playing on "Carry On" track.

On September 28, 2008, during Stevie Wonder’s concert in Paris, Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy, Mao Otayeck was invited to perform "Carry On" along with the Motown legend’s harmonica. This was followed by an after-hours performance by Mao Otayeck with Stevie Wonder’s band at “Le Comedy Club” in Paris. Stevie Wonder joined Mao Otayeck on stage to offer his full support for launching his solo career.

Stevie Wonder & Mao Otayeck ...
Stevie Wonder & Mao Otayeck

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© 2009 MAO OTAYECK (884502053425)

MP3 price: $10.99

Video clip "Carry On" ...
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Video clip "Carry On"

Eclectic world mix of rock, pop, soul and African sounds covering the theme of love and hope with Stevie Wonder, Jacob Desvarieux and Jean-Philippe Rykiel as special guests.


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11 mars 2009

Noafest_Cinema Premiere In the 9th Ward ! "Trouble the Water" At the Tekrema Center for Art and Culture

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The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival

Cinéma Première

and

Tekrema Center for Art and Culture

invite you
To a Screening of

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Directed by
Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Saturday March 21 - 7pm

Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
5640 Burgundy Street
At the corner of Lamanche
NOLA 70117

Entry is free - Suggested Donation $8
This collaborative project focusing on the arts is to benefit
the lower 9th Ward community and other people throughout the city
For more information
Nola at 504 202 6459 - Tekrema 247 2612
http://neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org - tekrema@cox.net
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