2011 PATOIS film festival

2011 PATOIS film festival

2011 Festival
From April 13 - 17, PATOIS 2011 premiered 22 films, plus live music, food, art, Q&A's with filmmakers from around the world, and discussions with special guests. 


Audience Award, Best Feature: IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, Directed by Vadim Jean 

Audience Award, Best Feature: KEEPER OF THE FLAME, Directed by Brian Nelson

2011 Films

The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger
7 min, Animated
Director, Bill Plympton
A children's fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately the test of a mother's love.

Cafeteria Man (2010)
78 min, Doc
Director, Richard Chisolm
Cafeteria Man is the true story of rebel chef Tony Geraci and his mission to radically reform Baltimore's public school food system with a recipe for change.

Forks Over Knives (2010)
Director, Lee Fulkerson
Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

World According to Monsanto
The French documentary directed by independent filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin “paints a grim picture of a company with a long track record of environmental crimes and health scandals”

Related events:
Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®
Here’s how it works: Guests draw tickets at random that assign them each to either a high-, middle-, or low-income tier–based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a corresponding meal: the 15 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the 35 percent in the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water. Guests can also assume characterizations that describe the situation of a specific person at the income level to which they’ve been assigned. Finally, all guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal.

Community/Business Partners:
Café Reconcile
NO Food Coop
Edible New Orleans
Whole Foods
Edible Schoolyard

Protest thought Music/Art

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the scandals of Watergate, protest singer Phil Ochs wrote songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. His fascinating life story and music were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation. Even as his contemporaries moved into folk-rock and pop music, he followed his own vision, challenging himself and his listeners. Ochs never achieved commercial success, but his music remains relevant, reaching new audiences in a generation that finds his themes all too familiar

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2002)
108 min Director, Lee Hirsch
Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid

ANPO: Art X War (2010)
89 min  - Documentary  
Director: Linda Hoaglund
ANPO: Art X War tells the story of Japan's historic resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through an electrifying array of artwork created by Japan's foremost artists. The film articulates the insidious, lasting impact that the U.S. military presence has had on Japanese lives, and the creative processes that artists have devised to transmit the spirit of resistance

Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Director, Michael Rapaport
Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest' have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in 1998.

Born Sweet (2010)
25 min, Documentary
Director/Producer: Cynthia Wade
A boy comes of age in rural Cambodia while struggling with arsenic poisoning and dreaming of becoming a karaoke star

Louder Than a Bomb (2010)
99 min  - Documentary
Directors: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel
By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, Louder Than a Bomb follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam.

Rejoice and Shout
119 minutes, Documentary
Director, Don McGlynn
Rejoice and Shout traces the 200-year history of gospel music through a meticulous combination of archival footage, rare recordings and interviews with the biggest names in the field. There’s also, naturally, lots of great music, and it’s infectious

Music Show featuring the music of protest songs sung by area musicians including
John Boutte, Schatzy and The Tom Paines among others
Eye on New Orleans

Keeper of the Flame
Director, Brian Nelson
In hurricane-ravished New Orleans, the Mardi Gras Indian culture serves as a pillar in the community and a symbol of strength in the midst of adversity. When the Big Chief of a prominent Indian tribe dies unexpectedly, he passes the leadership of the tribe on to an unlikely candidate: his young grandson Michael, who has the heart of a warrior but the appearance of a sheep. Unhappy with his father’s decision to pass him up for the younger Michael, Michael’s uncle Tré forms his own tribe and challenges Michael’s position as a Chief and his role as a man in general.

The Sons of Tennessee Williams
75 min  - Documentary 
Director, Tim Wolff
The Sons of Tennessee Williams tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular 'drag balls' starting in the late 1950s. These men worked with the traditions of Mardi Gras to bring gay culture into public settings in the early 1960s

In the Land of the Free
84 min  - Documentary
Director: Vadim Jean
Tells the shocking and unbelievable story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, three black men from rural Louisiana who were held in solitary confinement in the biggest prison in the U.S., an 18,000-acre former slave plantation known as Angola. Woodfox and Wallace, founding members of the first prison chapter of the Black Panther Party, worked along with King to speak out against the inhumane treatment and racial segregation in the prison. This documentary tells the ongoing story of the case of these three extraordinary men

Mardi Gras Indian showcase/music performances in conjunction with the premiere of Keeper of the Flame
Workshop – Sharing Your Voice


Route Irish
109 minutes, Narrative
Director, Ken Loach
The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth

When We Leave
119 min Feature Narrative, 2010,
Directed by: Feo Aladag
A stunning and heartbreaking drama, WHEN WE LEAVE confronts the realities of female oppression within traditional, religious families. Umay (Sibel Kekilli) is an ethnically Turkish German citizen living with her husband and his family in the Istanbul suburbs. Suffering horrible abuse at the hand of her husband, Umay escapes with her young son and flees to her family in Germany, who are horrified and shamed at her actions. WHEN WE LEAVE has been selected as Germany's official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film


Beautiful Darling
85 minutes, Documentary
Director, James Rasin
The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar

Cointelpro 101
56 minutes, Documentary
Cointelpro 101 exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the US government in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Cointelpro refers to the official FBI COunter INTELigence PROgram carried out to surveil, imprison, and eliminate leaders of social justice movements and to disrupt, divide, and destroy the movements as well.

I Am (2010)
76 min  - Documentary   - February 2011 (USA)
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh

Director, Kamal Aljafari
A Palestinian family awaits expulsion from their house by Israeli authorities in a crumbling district now being gentrified in the ancient port city of Jaffa. Personal and cinematic memories, and a very uncertain future, weigh heavily over the residents’ everyday rituals.

81 minutes – Doc
Director, Phillip Montgomery
ReGENERATION explores the inherent cynicism found in many of today's youth and young adults, and the influences that perpetuate our culture's apathetic approach to social and political causes. The film features three intersecting stories of students, parents, and artists all looking for their place in society. Together they capture the thoughts and feelings of today's struggling generation as some of the worlds leading scholars, activists, and media personalities provide their insight into the ideas and movements that can inspire change.

Snow on tha Bluff
Narrative Feature
Director, Damon Russell
Snow On Tha Bluff is the story of Curtis Snow; an Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer who steals a video camera from some college kids during a dope deal, and begins documenting his life. At first, it’s business as usual for Curt. He robs dope boys, he runs from the cops, and he sells drugs, all while trying to provide for his baby momma and 2-year-old son. But when one of the rival drug dealers he rips off comes back for revenge, Curt’s life spirals out of control.

The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan
77 minutes, Documentary
Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. Some say he was captured, some say he was a traitor, and some even say he was an American operative. The US Army officially claims he was radicalized and "went native", joining the Viet Cong and later encountering the Khmer Rouge. In 2006, retired US Army Lt. Dan Smith, revisiting the battlefields of his youth, may have encountered the elusive McKinley, alive.

Vigilante Vigilante
Director: Max Good
A new breed of crime-fighter now stalks the urban landscape: the anti-graffiti vigilante. These dedicated blight warriors stop at nothing to rid their neighborhoods and cities of street art.

Welcome to Shelbyville
74 minutes, Documentary
Director, Kim Snyder
Set in America's rural south, on the even of the recent election a town deals with issues of immigrant integration and reckons with its segregated past


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