African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Partnership with Miami Media School Film Emphasis Project Present First Film IT TAKES A VILLAGE – A Documentary Showcasing the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
Free screening in celebration of Kwanzaa honoring Kujichagulia
(Miami, December 21, 2017) – The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) in partnership with the Miami Media School Film Emphasis Project present a free film screening in celebration of Kwanzaa: It Takes a Village – A 30-minute Documentary Showcasing the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. The Center’s first documentary is scheduled to be shown as an activity of the AHCAC’s annual Kuumba Winter Arts Workshop on Tuesday, December 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the AHCAC in the Wendell Narcisse Performing Arts Theater, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Moonlight Way. Admission is free, however RSVPs are encouraged at ahcacmiami.eventbrite.com.
The documentary showcases the evolution of the African Heritage Cultural Center and its famous students, and it chronicles a six week film writing and production class taught by AHCAC alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar winning producer and writer of “Moonlight” (Academy award-winner of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay). It also features the AHCAC Summer Arts Conservatory students, performances and class instruction.
Valerie Gammon, a veteran TV and entertainment executive serving as the Miami Media School Director of Education, arrived with students and teachers on the campus of the AHCAC in the summer of 2017 and launched the Film Emphasis Project, a six month advanced Film and Video Production curriculum that provided both theory and practical hands-on experience in filmmaking and television production.
The documentary is a co-venture and collaboration of Miami Media School and African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. It Takes A Village is a joint project created by the Miami Media School Film Emphasis Project students as a class project. It was written, directed and produced by Janice Brooks, Lisa Perez and Ricky Wiggins. The Miami Media School instructors were Ika Santamaria, Carlos Morgado and Dorjan Williams.
A premier arts training institution in Liberty City, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is nationally-recognized for developing hundreds of outstanding artists in all arts disciplines over the last thirty-three years. Known as the artistic home of alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-creator of the award-winning movie, Moonlight, the Center’s other distinguished alumni include Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Bianca Brewton, dancer (Janet Jackson and Beyoncé); Shareef Clayton, a Jazz trumpeter (Arturo Sandoval and Stevie Wonder); and tap dancer Marshall Davis, Jr., associate choreographer of the Tony-nominated play, Shuffle Along.
For more information about the documentary screening, contact Cheryl Mizell at (305) 638-6771 or visit www.ahcacmiami.org. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM.
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