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S.W.A.N. Day Screening and Reception on March 26, 2016 at SVA Theater

3140aacb7147a2c932e0297eb2de1324On Saturday, March 26, 2016, NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, School of Visual Arts Film department, African-American Women in Cinema, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Women Make Movies, andHerFlix sponsored a screening at the SVA Theatre of the documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez in recognition of S.W.A.N. SWAN stands for Support Women Artists Now and is an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists. This screening was held as the closing event of the 18th African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) Festival.

The BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez documentary is produced and Directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon. Sabrina Schmidt Gordon was on hand after the screening to discuss the film and answer any questions from the audience.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as “a woman with razor blades between my teeth.” A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement and inspiration to today’s hip hop spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped to redefine American culture and politics as an activist in the Black, women’s and peace movements.

The late great Maya Angelou called Sanchez “a lion in literature’s forest” while spoken word artist Bryonn Bain credits her with paving the way for his generation, “She not only opened the door, she blew off the roof.” Sanchez revolutionized poetry by incorporating street language, a unique performance style and collaborations with jazz musicians. Sanchez’s contemporaries Ruby Dee, Amiri Baraka, John Bracey, Jr., Haki Madhubuti and Nikki Giovanni joined by such newer voices as Talib Kweli, Ayana Mathis, Jessica Care Moore, Bryonn Bain and Questlove present impassioned readings of and insightful commentary on her fearless verse, including her raw love poems.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is the second documentary produced by Attie, Goldwater and Gordon. Their previous collaboration, Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter (2009), recounts a Malian mother’s fight for asylum in the U.S. to protect her two-year old daughter from female genital cutting/mutilation. Supported by ITVS and the Sundance Documentary Fund, Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter was broadcastnationally on public television’s Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange series in 2011. It has been shown at film festivals throughout the world, including the Human Rights Watch Festival and Silverdocs, and was named Best Social Documentary at the Addis International Film Festival in Ethiopia.

The BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez documentary aired on PBS on March 8, 2016. For more information visit: Attie & Goldwater Productions.

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Attending the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC

Lights! Camera! Action! The Tribeca Film Festival has begun in Manhattan. The festivals dates are: April 18, 2012 and run through April 29, 2012.

Many celebrities and high profile individuals are in New York City to celebrate the festival. The exciting thing about this year is this marks the 10th year of the event. Tribeca Film Festival was started by Academy Award winning actor, Robert De Niro and his business/producing partner Jane Rosenthal in 2002. The festival was created as a result of the effects on business in downtown New York following the September 11,2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The actor felt that this was a way to rebuild downtown NY and excite all New Yorkers along with the Entertainment community.

Tribeca Film Festival has now become of the many large festivals in the world along with Toronto, Cannes, Venice, Sundance among others. With the festival now 5 days into the festivities, there is still time to catch some great movies, events and panels. Click here for the more information.

If you happen to be in New York and have the time, take a moment to checking something out and be a part of these exciting events.

And if you think you can’t afford the festival, there is good news. There are many free events you can attend. Check out the Tribeca Film Festival event guide.

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