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posted Friday, April 18 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 16
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival runs April 26-May 4 -
LGBTQ-focused screening of The New Black will be presented May 3
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Langston Hughes African American Film Festival runs April 26-May 4 -
LGBTQ-focused screening of The New Black will be presented May 3

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival runs April 26-May 4 - LGBTQ-focused screening of The New Black will be presented May 3 SEATTLE - Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is pleased to present the largest ever Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) now in its 11th year. More than 50 films, special events, panels, workshops and mini-fests fill out the nine-day festival. Director and musician Jeymes Samuel will visit from London to discuss his film, They Die by Dawn on opening night, April 26. Three gifted Seattle filmmakers premiere their locally produced films: Zelalem Negede, recently relocated to Seattle from Ethiopia, presents Life in America; Briaan Barron shares her short film Steamfunk & Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy; and Purpelle Tramble, 2013 LHPAI Artist-in-Residence, shares her short film, The Proposal.

The nine-day festival kicks off with a fun-filled Family Film Weekend on April 26 and 27 including a Fat Albert mini-fest. The closing day screening and Seattle premier of Toussaint L'Ouverture ends the film festival on May 4. A special Ladies Night mini-fest features ten shorts on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The LGBTQ-focused screening on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. will feature the documentary The New Black.

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the Gay rights issue in light of the recent Gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize Gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar - the black church and reveals the Christian right wing's strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-Gay political agenda.

The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

Vanishing Pearls (April 27, 7 p.m.) is the result of LHPAI's creative partnership with the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). This film tells the story of the oystermen of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana, who are struggling to survive following the BP oil spill that left their crop dead, finances in ruin and culture facing extinction.

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a major season program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. All films are shown on site. LHPAI is located at 104 17th Ave. S. at Yesler Way. Festival passes ($50 - $150) are currently available. Individual screenings are $5 for youth (under the age of 16) and seniors (65+), and $10 for adults. Teen Tix cards are accepted for all individual film screenings for teens ($5). For more information and a complete schedule of films and special events, visit www.langstoninstitute.org/film-festival/

Courtesy of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

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