African American History Month Film Fest 2/21, 2/23/ & 3/1/11

February 21 and 23 and March 1 2011

Celebrate African American History Month at Cinema Arts Centre’s Film Fest, screening four films- Haiti: One Day, One Destiny, Freedom Riders, Night Catches Us with Filmmakers in person or live via Skype, and culminating with a screening of Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls.

Each film $10/Public, $6/Members / Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets toll free at 1-800-838-3006

Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave, Huntington 631-423-7611

Monday, President’s Day, Feb. 21 at 1pm:

Haiti: One Day, One Destiny A multi-media portal of stories about Haiti after the disastrous earthquake of 2010. Screening, Discussion + Reception with Haitian-American Filmmaker MICHELE STEPHENSON, a human rights attorney and award-winning documentarian who lives in Brooklyn and has received international honors. 


Monday, President’s Day, Feb. 21 at 2:45pm:

Freedom Riders about the black college students who rode a Greyhound bus to the deep south in 1961. LIVE via SKYPE: Producer LAURENS GRANT


Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30pm:

Night Catches Us A narrative that captures the political and emotional tension in a racist Philadelphia in 1976 starring Anthony Mackie & Kerry Washington. Sundance Film Festival Nominee: GRAND JURY PRIZE

LIVE via SKYPE: Post-screening Interview with Director TANYA HAMILTON


Thursday, March 3 at 7:30pm:

For Colored Girls Directed by Tyler Perry, adapted from Ntozake Shange’s Obie-award winning play, featuring performances by Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose & Whoopie Goldberg


More about the movies:

Haiti: One Day, One Destiny is a multi-media portal of stories about Haiti after the disastrous earthquake of 2010. Michele Stephenson deliberately avoided the sensational stories with a simple goal of bearing witness to the day-to-day struggle of recovery, Haitian reflections on the profound loss they are coming to grips with, and the role culture and history play in rebuilding

FREEDOM RIDERS Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival In May of 1961 a 23 day bus ride through America ’s Deep South became a horrific odyssey of violence and shame. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s documentary is a meticulously reconstructed journal chronicling the heroic expedition of the self proclaimed “freedom riders.” American citizens confronted fire hoses, baseball bats, fire bombs, and every kind of brutality for challenging the racist doctrines of segregation. Black and white images of the black and white protestors seem otherworldly, just as the black and white stripes worn by those unjustly held in a Mississippi penitentiary seem particularly ironic. When CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) first organized this non-violent program, few predicted that it would become as major a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement. Interviews include Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Young, and former Alabama Governor John Patterson.

NIGHT CATCHES US Sundance Film Festival Nominee: GRAND JURY PRIZE In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.

FOR COLORED GIRLS Starring Thandie Newton Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, & Whoopie Goldberg

Directed by Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) and adapted from Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, this film is a poetic exploration of what it is to be of color and female in this world. The story speaks as powerfully today as when it was first performed in New York in 1975. Exploring themes of love, abandonment, rape and abortion, the film’s outstanding ensemble cast deliver visceral and intense performances.

Thanks & regards,


CONTACT for info, photos, interviews

Susan Finkelstein

Director Publicity & Promotion

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave.

Huntington, NY 11743

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631-423-7611 x14

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Since 1973, presenting the best U.S., International, Independent & Repertory films on 3 screens 365 days of the year, in a comfortable ambience including the sculpture garden & The Sky Room Café, the Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Ave (just south of 25a), Huntington, NY 11743 (25 miles east of New York City). Admission for regular programs: $10.00. Discounts for members, seniors, students & children. CAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. For further information call 631-423-7611. To sign up for weekly email schedule:  Membership and Schedule:

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