2010 PATOIS film festival

2010 PATOIS film festival

2010 Festival
FESTIVAL SUMMARY
March 12 – March 21, 2010
Arts
From poetry to photography and drumming to dance installations, hundreds of New Orleanians danced to the beat of Luther Gray and Bamboula 2000, DJ Dynamite Dave Soul, and EF Cuttin.  Hundreds more celebrated the sweet tones of Michaela Harrison and the powerful poetics of Def Jam poets Suheir Hammad and Sunni Patterson, and the incomparable Kalamu ya Salaam.  Moving Pictures Performance Projects' dance installation Women & Power: (Re)Moved & (Re)Claimed and photoactivist Abdul Aziz' Flags on Fire: (Re)Actions from New Orleans to Gaza brought new and dynamic insights and media to Patois, which is quickly outgrowing its title as a film festival!

Community Dialogue
This year's festival began with a look to our past to inform our visions for the future.  More than 350 attendees packed Warren Easton's auditorium to see the inspiring new film Freedom Riders, and to learn from local civil rights movement veterans like Jerome Smith, Dodie Smith-Simmons, and Matt "Flukie" Suarez.  Throughout the festival, audiences challenged and inspired each other in dialogues about apartheids past and present (with the film Have you Heard from Johannesburg: The Bottom Line), the mental and emotional effects of slavery's legacy and racism on Black women (with the film Out of Our Right Minds: Trauma, Depression, & The Black Woman, and panel featuring Dr. Denese Shervington of Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies, Wendi O'Neal of Safe Streets Strong Communities, filmmakers Stacey Muhammad and Dave "Drizz" Rodriguez, and Valery Jean of Brooklyn's Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), state-sanctioned violence and community response (with the film Operation Small Axe, and panel featuring JR Valrey of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee in Oakland, filmmaker Adimu Madyun, Rosana Cruz of Voice of the Ex-offender, Yvette Thierry of Safe Streets Strong Communities, and the Final Call's Brother Jesse Muhammad), how documentaries can become tools in community organizing (with excerpts from Land of Opportunity), and the history of white anti-racism (with the film Freeing Silvia Baraldini and filmmakers Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas).

Workshops
Patois was proud to host Race Peace, a dynamic workshop focusing on Race and Racism brought to us by Mondo Bizarro and M.U.G.A.B.E.E.  This year's festival also featured Haiti: Revolution, Reconstruction, Restitution, a powerful teach-in informed by the voices of Max Rameau of Miami's Take Back the Land, Valery Jean of Brooklyn's Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), Bill Quigley of Loyola Law School and the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Wadner Pierre, from the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Cité Soleil.  This year's festival also featured Haiti is Home: We Are Haiti, a powerful multimedia evening presented by Fyre Youth Squad that explored New Orleans' historical, cultural, and genealogical ties to Haiti.

Films
Patois 2010 was thrilled to offer the World Premieres of the exciting new films Operation Small Axe and Crepe Covered Sidewalks.  The festival also featured regional  premieres of some of the most acclaimed films of the year, including Academy Award Nominees Burma VJ and The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.  Patois audiences also saw the regional premieres of Cannes' much-celebrated Salt of this Sea and Sundance sweetheart Freedom Riders.  
 
Community Support
Patois' audiences donated more than $3,000 towards a variety of social justice, rebuilding, and arts organizations, including Haiti's Partners in Health and the Ciné Institute and New Orleans' Junebug Productions, Women with a Vision, and Gris Gris Lab.

Festival Awards

Audience Award: Salt of this Sea, directed by Annmarie Jacir

Juried Award: Coming Home: The Dry Storm, directed by Michele Stephenson, produced in association with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)

Patois Award: Freeing Silvia Baraldini, directed by Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas
The Patois Award celebrates the film that most exemplifies Patois' goal of channeling audience energy into meaningful dialogue and community building that lasts long after the fest has ended.

Rise Up Award: Operation Small Axe, directed by Adimu Madyun
The Rise Up Award celebrates the film that most exemplifies Patois' goal of transforming the passive experience of viewing a film into an active experience of challenging human rights abuses in our communities through organizing and concrete collective action.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, March 11
Maison - 508 Frenchmen Street
8:00PM: CONCERT: Patois for Haiti: Songs of Solidarity
Featuring Luther Grey and Bamboula 2000, Wise Intelligent, E-PROPS, Truth Universal, Bzy Bee, and Slangston Hughes. With DJ EF Cuttin. Proceeds benefit Partners in Health.

Friday, March 12 *OPENING NIGHT*
Warren Easton Senior High School
3019 Canal Street
7:00PM: Freedom Riders
New Orleans premiere and panel discussion with local Civil Rights Movement veterans. 
Film description: Courageous civil rights activists take a stand through collective action.
113m, documentary, directed by Stanley Nelson. 

Saturday, March 13
Warren Easton Senior High School
3019 Canal Street
2:00PM: TEACH-IN: Haiti: Revolution, Reconstruction, Restitution
Haiti’s history of revolution, occupation, and exploitation, the emerging shock doctrine the US and corporate partners have planned, and what the American Left can do to support Haitian-led reconstruction. With Max Rameau, Valery Jean, and Bill Quigley, and featuring video reports from Haiti’s Ciné Institute. Proceeds benefit Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA). 

5:00PM Leader - Filmmaker Present at Screening
The legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. 35m, directed by David “Drizz” Rodriguez. 
Out of Our Right Minds: Trauma, Depression, & The Black Woman - Filmmaker Present at Screening
The African American woman’s experience in a world that has rendered her invisible. 20m, documentary, directed by Stacey Muhammad.

7:00PM: PERFORMANCE: Breaking Poems: An Evening of Poetry with Tony Award-winning Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad, Def Jam poet Sunni Patterson, Kalamu ya Salaam, and Michaela Harrison. 7pm

Sunday, March 14
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
3:00PM: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Fighting for Home: Housing Struggles Across the U.S. - Filmmaker Present at Screening
Housing activists from Miami’s Take Back the Land, Brooklyn’s Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), and MAYDAY NOLA discuss housing issues in their communities. 
FEATURING:
Housing is a Human Right - Filmmaker Present at Screening
Excerpts from the ongoing multimedia documentary portrait of the struggle for Home. Created and produced by Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo.

Coming Home: The Dry Storm - Filmmaker Present at Screening
New Orleans residents become activists in the face of public housing demolitions. 39m, documentary, directed by Michele Stephenson. 

7:00PM: The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers
Pentagon insider leaks top-secret government papers. 92m, documentary, directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.  Academy Award Nominee. 

Monday, March 15
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
7:00PM: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Organizing Against Apartheid
Screening and community discussion about the global campaigns against South African and Israeli Apartheid. 
FEATURING: 
SAIA Carleton Divestment Campaign
Campus organizing against Apartheid. 7m, campaign video, directed by SAIA Carleton. 7pm
Have You Heard from Johannesburg? The Bottom Line
How a grassroots international movement fought Apartheid in South Africa. 86m, documentary, directed by Connie Field. 

Tuesday, March 16
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
7:00PM: The Fence
The unforeseen consequences of the U.S.’ construction of  a 700-mile fence along its Mexican border.. 35minutes, documentary, directed by Rory Kennedy. 
Burma VJ
Burma’s video journalists report from within a repressive police state. 85m, documentary, directed by Anders Østergaard. Academy Award Nominee. 

Wednesday, March 17
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
7:00PM: PANEL: Media and Social Justice
Journalists discuss the role of media in movements for justice. 

8:00PM: MEDIA INTO ACTION: Land of Opportunity - Filmmaker Present at Screening
Film screening and community strategizing about documentary projects as tools for organizing. 

Thursday, March 18
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
1 Collins Diboll Circle
7:00PM: CENTERPIECE: Crepe Covered Sidewalks *World Premiere* - Filmmaker Present at Screening
The director explores Hurricane Katrina’s devastating effects on her family and herself in this story of loss, love, and rebirth. 60m, documentary, directed by Reneé Wilson.

Friday, March 19
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
7:00PM: PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE: Salt of this Sea
Two young Palestinians steal a taste of freedom on the run from the law. 108m, fiction, directed by Annemarie Jacir. Introduced by Tony Award-winning actor and Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad.

Saturday, March 20
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
2:00PM: Intifada NYC
Controversy surrounds the United States’ first Arabic-language public school. 46m, documentary, directed by David Teague. 

4:00PM: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Freeing Silvia Baraldini
The life of US political prisoner Silvia Baraldini, a white woman working in solidarity with Black armed resistance movements.  99m, documentary, directed by Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas. 

Warren Easton Senior High School
3019 Canal Street
6pm: FYRE YOUTH SQUAD: Haiti is Home: We Are Haiti
Community event, performances and more, in support of Haiti.

McKenna Museum of African American Art
2003 Carondelet Street
10:00PM: PERFORMANCE: Women and Power: (Re)Moved and (Re)Claimed
An evening of multi-dimensional dance illuminates women's embodied struggles, hopes and truths. Presented by Moving Stories Performance Projects. 

11:00PM: AFTERPARTY with DJ Dynamite Dave Soul. Benefit for Ciné Institute, Moving Stories, and Gris Gris Lab. 

Sunday, March 21 
Gris Gris Lab
2247 Brainard Street
NOON: WORKSHOP: Race Peace 
A performance/dialogue used to incite conversations about race and racism. With Mondo Bizarro and M.U.G.A.B.E.E. FREE EVENT.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
2:00PM: The Music’s Gonna Get You Through *Sneak Preview* (SYMBOL)
Visually-challenged teenagers participate in a music camp hosted by blind New Orleans master pianist Henry Butler. 55m, documentary, directed by Gabrielle Mullem. 

4:00PM: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: State Violence and Community Response
Screenings and discussion with filmmakers and local activists about state violence in New Orleans and Oakland, and violent and nonviolent community responses. 
FEATURING: 
Daggit Gaza
A recipe for a spicy tomato salad from Gaza. Literally translated, ‘the pounding of Gaza.’ 8m, experimental, directed by Hadeel Assali and Iman Saqr. 4pm.
Operation Small Axe *World Premiere* - Filmmaker Present at Screening
Fighting law enforcement violence in Oakland, CA. 71m, documentary, directed by Adimu Madyun. 

7:00PM: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: In Our Own Image: Sex Workers Speak
Screening and panel featuring filmmakers and local sex workers and advocates. FREE EVENT.
In Our Own Image: Sex Worker Made Media and the Story of $pread Magazine - Filmmaker Present at Screening
$pread Magazine, an example of sex worker-made media, and challenges to corporate media approaches to sex work. 19m, documentary, directed by Lisa Davis and J. Kirby. 

9:00PM: Closing Ceremony and CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Presentation of juried and audience choice awards. 
CLOSING NIGHT FILM: American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
Intimate portrayal of the best-selling and controversial author. 84m, documentary, directed by David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier. 

ALSO PART OF PATOIS:
ART EXHIBIT:  Flags on Fire: (Re)Actions from New Orleans to Gaza
Zeitgeist, March 12-21
Resistance and resilience through the lens of photojournalist Abdul Aziz.

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