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Yoshi’s | 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
AAACC Buriel Clay Theater | 762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
Origin | 1538 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA
BooM BooM RooM | 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
Lush Life Gallery | 1320 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

THURS | JUNE 16TH | COPPOLA THEATER | 6PM-9PM | OPENING NIGHT

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Address: San Francisco State University, Fine Arts, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
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LAMBADINA (103m) | dir. by Messay Getahun
FILM CATEGORY | Narrative Fiction
FILMING LOCATION | U S A, Ethiopia
MAIN DIALOGUE LANGUAGE | English

A journey that opens in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and ends in Los Angeles, California, Lambadina addresses the yin and yang of misfortune and fortune.

Following the life of Joseph, we see a boy consistently faced with overwhelming tragedy. A son losing a father, a young man losing a lover, an Ethiopian losing his culture… yet through these challenges, he is resilient.

In this inspiring tale, the significance of perspective is shown. Lambadina is a film that highlights the struggles of love while depicting the challenges of the Ethiopian/African immigrant establishing life in a foreign land

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Muhammad Ali’s impact extends beyond the ropes of the ring – his legacy as a civil rights and world leader was emboldened by the racial injustices of childhood. This documentary examines Ali’s life from the impact of his early years to the humanitarian efforts of his later life.

WINE PROVIDED BY P. HARRELL WINES

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FOOD PROVIDED BY SHOULDER DANCING

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BLACK FUTURIST | FRI | AAACC | PART OF THE 6PM-9:30PM BLOCK

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Synopsis on Hot Comb: The Masquerade | 13:29 |
Directed by Karen Seneferu

Hot Comb: The Masquerade is a short silent video that will be developed into a full length film. It is a 7 chapter narrative about how spiritual ancestors return to various historical sites both within and outside of the Black community in the Bay Area

The first chapter focuses on the merging of these spirits by the Goddess Oshun to transform these spaces from memorial to healing.


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Synopsis on The Black Woman is God Documentary |
Directed by Idris Hassan

The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming That God Code” is a film that documents an art project that is becoming a spiritual and artistic movement. The film captures some of the most important Black women who are artists, activists, and community stewards that have shaped the landscape of the Bay Area and the world. The film captures what is means to use art as a vehicle to change the cultural reality of the Black community by presenting the iconography of God being Black and female with the intention of bringing the the community back in harmony with itself.

zz-barNOLA CIRCUS | FRI | AAACC | PART OF THE 6PM-9:30PM BLOCK

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

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Plays as part of Juneteenth Kick-off at the A.A.A.C.C.’s Buriel Clay Theater.

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roots-01NOLA CIRCUS chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of a black neighborhood in Algiers Point (New-Orleans), the lives that intercross around two barber shops facing each other on the main street. On one side there is Will, a black hairdresser who preaches against racial prejudices while having a secret affair with Nola, a young white woman who is dreaming of Broadway.
On the other, there is Marvin, well known sex addict who’s having a passionate affair with Karen, a small time pot dealer. The tensions sharpen on the day when Denzel, Nola’s super protective brother starts sinking into the compulsive jealousy, the day when three Ku Klux Klan members show up at Will’s place to kidnap him.
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SAT | Congregation Emanu-El | JUNE 18TH | 2PM-3:30PM

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The San Francisco Black Film Festival & The Unity Group of Congregation Emanu-El sponsor SFBFF Screening of Jeff Adachi’s “America Needs Racial Facial” followed by “Implicit Bias & Racial Profiling” Panel Discussion.  Filmmaker Jeff Adachi will be in attendance.

Where: Congregation Emanu-El | 2 Lake Street | San Francisco, CA  94118

The Unity Group is an evolving group of Black and Jewish community leaders answering the call of Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Jonathan Singer of Congregation Emanu-El, Malcolm Gissen, and Ronald Thompson to come together and explore ways to address racism in the City of San Francisco.

More details to come

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SAT | ORIGINS | JUNE 18th | 6pm-10pm

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The BlackBoard – Teaser Trailer from Marquis Bradshaw on Vimeo.

SUBMITTED BY Marquis Bradshaw

About The Black Board Film:

The “Blackboard” documentary film was produced and directed by attorney/indie filmmaker Marquis Bradshaw. The film aims to challenge what it means to be black in America by examining the “issue of acceptance” within the black community through the lens of skateboarding culture.

The Blackboard stars prominent black pro skaters Jabari Pendleton, Karl Watson and Ron Allen (one of the first black pro skaters to receive major corporate sponsorship).

As it relates to pop culture, skateboarding amongst black people has only in recent years become socially acceptable, beginning with artists such as Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams.

Since the Blackboard Film released its trailer on February 16th 2016, it has received nation-wide media recognition from the following prominent news outlets:

EBONY MAGAZINE | AFROPUNK | The Ride Channel | OK PLAYER

Join us Saturday June 18th, 2016 at Origin Night Club in San Francisco’s vibrant Fillmore district for the World Premier and screening event from 6pm-10pm.Meet filmmaker Marquis Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Black Film Festival Kali O’Ray and skaters featured in the film. Stay for drink specials and prize raffles from participating sponsors FTC Skateboarding and Diamond Supply Co.

In conjunction with the film a free skateboard themed art show will take place within short walking distance at LOCATION, curated by Western Edition Skateboard Company’s Ian Johnson. We encourage you to come and activate the streets of the Fillmore District in honor of The BlackBoard Film!

  • The Black Board Film World Premiere:
  • Date: June 18th, 2016
  • Time: 6pm-10pm – Film screens at 8pm!
  • Location: Origin Night Club
  • 1538 Fillmore Street at O’Farrell
Come kick it at Blackboard Film After Party
The Social Study | 10pm-1am | Western Edition art show installation by Ian Johnson | Classic Skate Videos | Drink specials | Live DJ

About Marquis Bradshaw:

Marquis Bradshaw is an attorney, b-boy/rocker, musician, former skater and indie filmmaker. His previous film experience includes working as a freelance videographer for Zoom Culture on TV shows, like “Hip Hop Nation” on NBC and “Playground Earth” on Fox Sports International in the early 2000’s.

Marquis is currently working as a Co-Director of Photography on Halline Overby’s upcoming documentary, “The Roy Ayers Project.”  Marquis currently practices law full-time and manages a public defender’s office in North Dakota.

Marquis grew up in Germany, upstate New York, and North Carolina. Growing up as a black skater was extremely difficult for Marquis. He was constantly made fun of and criticized by his peers within the black community because he skated. He was often called a “sellout” and a “white boy.” This made him ashamed to publicly embrace skate culture and self identify as a “skater.” He eventually gave up extreme sports to focus on his passion for music, break-dancing and furthering his education.

Marquis attended college in North Carolina and taught in the public school system. He moved to Detroit for law school and was inspired to create The Blackboard film after noticing a significant growth in the population of black skaters on the streets, skate parks, and observing these skaters displaying a strong sense of pride in their public embrace of skateboarding.

This growth astonished him because in years past there weren’t many black skaters. Marquis vividly remembers a time when black skaters were rare and skating was not seen as a socially acceptable outlet for blacks to plug into. Marquis felt compelled to explore this social/cultural revolution/phenomenon and document it through film.

In doing so, Marquis connected with skaters all across the country and traveled to their locales to film them on their turf/in their hometowns (Marquis traveled to Atlanta, NC, Detroit, NY, CA to film for the documentary).  Marquis moved to the Bay Area in 2012, where he filmed a large portion of the documentary.

tix copyhttp://www.theblackboardfilm.com | https://www.facebook.com/theblackboardfilm/ | https://twitter.com/blackboardfilms

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THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

SUN | BOOM BOOM ROOM | 7PM-8PM

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arrowupTEAR THE ROOF OFF-THE UNTOLD STORY OF PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC (59M)

documentary (59min USA) Award winning documentarian Bobby J. Brown uncovered numerous secrets of Hall of Fame band Parliament Funkadelic. Members open up about the unorthodox methods they were paid, heavily exploited, and the creativity behind this unique genre of music. The untold story of the rise and fall of the greatest funk band ever.tix

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THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

SUN | BOOM BOOM ROOM | 8PM-9:30PM

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arrowupSCRATCH – A HIP-OPERA (93M)

feature (93min Canada) SCRATCH is a musical drama that follows Angelot, a young Haitian immigrant who, along with his parents and brother Frantz, arrives in Montreal during the ’90s. Frantz quickly got involved in gang-related crime while the father, Saurel, diligently drove a taxi and lived a life of dignity.

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