New York African Film Festival Returns to Film Society of Lincoln Center Wed. May 7-Tue. May 13


NEW YORK (March 31, 2014)—The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will present the 21th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) May 7-13. Organized under the banner theme “Revolution and Liberation in the Digital Age,” the initial leg of the festival includes eleven features and eight short films from various African nations and the Diaspora. The NYAFF continues throughout May at the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek.

“There are long and proud cinematic traditions in countries all over the African continent, and at the same time there are new voices and new means of expression. We are happy that the festival this year will be able to share the work of these artists, who are exploring both myth and modernity,” said FSLC Associate Director of Programming Marian Masone.


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A list of dates and theatres where Girlhood is being released in the U.S. and Canada:

01/22/15 Sundance Film Festival Park City, UT
01/29/15 Reelout Arts Project Kingston, Ontario, Canada
01/30/15 Film Society at Lincoln Center New York, NY
01/30/15 City Cinemas Village East Cinema New York, NY
02/05/15 Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles, CA
02/06/15 Sundance Sunset Cinemas, Los Angeles, CA
02/06/15 Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena, CA
02/06/15 Laemmle NoHo 7 North Hollywood, CA
02/06/15 Victoria Film Festival Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
02/13/15 U.W. Cinematheque Madison, WI
02/13/15 Hollywood Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
02/14/15 TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto, ON, Canada
02/18/15 Feminist Gender & Sexuality Studies Ithaca, NY
02/20/15 SIFF at The Uptown Seattle, WA
02/20/15 Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplanary Arts Ctr New Orleans, LA
02/26/15 Providence French Film Festival Providence, RI
02/27/15 Block Museum of Art Evanston, IL
03/20/15 Miami Beach Cinematheque Miami, FL
03/26/15 Vermont French Film Festival Burlington, VT
04/08/15 Film Society of NW Pennsylvania Erie, PA

“Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks” (Animation)

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Directed by: Shawnee & Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters)  | Written by Rene Rawls

Please enjoy our animated film, Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks, a spirited celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and humanitarian message.
Sule’s the recipient of the Best Animation award at the Montreal International Black film festival, and an official selection of the Chicago International Children’s festival, The Langston Hughes Film Festival, The New York International Children’s Film Festival and the Pan African Children’s Film Festival. It will screen this weekend at the 40th annual Newark Black Film Festival.

It was a real pleasure for Shawnelle and I to direct this inspiring tale. We hope that you enjoy it!

Above are a few production stills from Sule and a shot of us working in the studio on our next project, The Invention of E.J. Whitaker, a steampunk comic with art from the talented Sule storyboard artist, Mark Hernandez.

Direct animation link: (Brightcove)