Filmmaker Credential

Norfolk here we come!

The doc was selected for the Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival!

From the website:

The Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival is an annual juried competition and showcase for independent filmmakers. The Festival is a core program of Crispus Attucks Cultural Center Inc. (CACC), a nonprofit cultural arts organization founded in 1990 based at the Historic Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

Bringing together the best in independent films from coast to coast, the Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival will take place over three days at the Historic Attucks Theatre, from October 7-9, 2010 offering the best in black and multi-cultural independent films, powerful narratives, compelling historical and contemporary documentaries, innovative films by students, colorful animation shorts, music videos and discussions and workshops with distinguished guests from the film industry.

While the festival will recognize artistic achievement by independent filmmakers, the panel discussions and workshops are aimed at providing a supportive networking environment to educate and focus on various elements of filmmaking. It will be a place to network, enjoy, learn and discover.”

The Crispus Attucks Theatre is an incredible facility. It truly has that classic “moving picture house” feel. Considering the history of the Theatre, one should not be surprised that it is so very striking. From the website:

The beautiful Crispus Attucks Theatre

“The Attucks Theatre during its heyday was the focal point of entertainment, business, and racial pride in Norfolk’s African American community because it was strategically located on Church Street, one of the most important and oldest thoroughfares in the city. Church street can be traced back at least to 1637 in Norfolk County’s Deed Books. It was originally known as the “road leading out of town,” because it was the only land route by which travelers could enter or leave the town.

The name of the theatre, “Attucks” commemorates Crispus Attucks, an African American man who was the first American patriot to lose his life in the Boston Massacre of 1770. The newly restored fire curtain on which is painted a scene depicting this historical event is suspended from the stage’s proscenium and still remains in the theatre today.”

The family traveled to Norfolk and my Brother-in-law Lonnie and his wonderful wife were kind enough to put us up for the weekend. It was a great trip and the festival was outstanding. Many thanks to Monty Ross for all of his hard work.

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