The African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) has released the lineup for their 17th annual African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival. The NYC-based festival is slated to take place November 19-22, and features films from the African, Latina, Native American and Asian diaspora.
AAWIC’s schedule includes keynote panels, premiere screenings, a short films program, a youth filmmaking event and the premiere of Princess Monique’s “Season of Love” on Wednesday, November 19. Starring Gladys Knight, Taraji P. Henson, LeToya Luckett, Method Mad and rising star Ana Isabella, “Seasons of Love” tells the story of one couple’s romantic journey as they determine what matters most in their lives. The film will premiere on the Lifetime network on Sunday, November 23.
Major events at the AAWIC Film Festival also include International Day on Saturday, November 22, where a panel called Discussing The African Film Industry will take place, moderated by casting director Winsome Sinclair. A film screening hosted by producer Mohamed Dione will follow the panel discussion.
Check out the lineup below for details:
The 17th Annual AAWIC Film Festival Premiere Screenings
Opening Night Selection
SEASON OF LOVE
Director: Princess Monique
Closing Night Selection 1 (hosted by 103.9 FM)
THE GRAND GESTURE
Director: Dana Verde
Closing Night Selection 2 (hosted by 103.9 FM)
Director: Nelcie Souffrant
Closing Night Selection 3 (hosted by 103.9 FM)
On My Own
Director: Rachel Miller-Bradshaw
Afraid of Dark
Director: Mya B.
Christmas Wedding Baby
Director: Kiara Jones
Director: Valerie Red-Horse
Hate Crimes in the Heartland
Director: Rachel Lyon
Closing Night Screenings are hosted by 103.9 FM and are composed of both short and feature-length films. There is a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the screening of CHRISTMAS WEDDING BABY and NATURALLY NATIVE.
Special Short Film Screening Program
Director: Jamie Burton-Oare
Synopsis: Two kids, who grew up in the same neighborhood where one bullied the other, have children later in life. Their children are now in the same situation as their parents, but the outcome is different.
Director: Sandra Nixon
Synopsis: Have you ever wonder what the nail technicians are talking about, while you were getting your manicure & pedicure? This short comedy depicts how a normal day at a nail salon turns out to be an amusing experience….when you get past the language barrier.
Lift Every Voice
Director: Monet Gray
Synopsis: This film examines how one teacher’s unconventional method of incorporating RAP and HIP-HOP music into her lessons was able to get her public school students motivated and interested in their education.
Buenos Aires Rap
Director: Diane Ghogomu
Synopsis: In a cosmopolitan city where class and color segregation are the norms, a group of minority kids are brought together through a shared love of music transcending that of political and economical deviations.
Director: Ah-Keisha McCants
Synopsis: Film follows eight-year-old twin boys from the New Jersey suburbs, who appear to be raising themselves in the absence of their parents. They both yearn for an escape, but it soon becomes apparent that “nobody and nothing is what it seems”.
Director: Tanesa Kassa
Synopsis: Monica Jones, a secretary at a law firm attending law school, is dedicated to her relationship with blue-collared and workaholic boyfriend, Darius Smith. The same can’t be said of Darius whose busy schedule has turned the relationship dull. This is their commitment story.
Director: Ashley Ellis
Synopsis: After the funeral for Eric Ross, family and friends gather at the home of his mother to find comfort and answers. While his mother tries her best to hold on to the gleaming image she had of her son, the elusive answers to the cause of his mysterious death are finally brought to light in an explosive confrontation with someone from their past.
Each year, AAWIC invites key industry players to participate in provocative panel discussions on the nature of the business and the course of African-American cinema in mainstream media. This year, no less, AAWIC offers an array of stimulating film conversations that make up the PANELS PROGRAM.
The 17th AAWIC Film Festival Panels
Diversity in the Guilds
Discussion will be around the various diversity initiatives of each organization and how attendees can benefit from joining them.
Female Documentary Filmmakers – Keynote Panel
Choose To Live!
Presented by the American Diabetes Association
NY Loves Film Roundtable Discussion
Given by NYS Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development Empire State Development
Presentation: SKY Financial Group LLC|SKY Brokerage LLC
Meet the Distributors!
Let’s Talk Finance!
How to Get Your Kids in Show Business
Screening of Our Youth: Presented by DCTV