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PAUL HAGGIS – 2015

PAUL HAGGIS, Film director, screenwriter, and producer

Born in London, Ontario, Paul Haggis is an award-winning filmmaker. In 2006, Haggis became the first screenwriter in Oscar history to have written back-to-back Best Picture winners, for 2005’s Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood, and 2006’s Crash, which Haggis himself directed. For Crash, Haggis won Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Haggis’ other screenplays include Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima and two James Bond films (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), as well as In the Valley of Elah, The Next Three Days, and Third Person, all three of which he directed. For over two decades he has written, directed, and produced television shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, The Tracey Ullman Show, and Thirtysomething, for which he won two Emmys. Most recently, Haggis directed all six episodes of the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero. Haggis was honored with the prestigious Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement by the Writers Guild of America. Equally committed to his private and social concerns, Haggis is the founder of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), which is committed to providing education, healthcare, and dignity to the poorest children of Haiti. His work with APJ provides thousands of aspiring Haitians hope for the future. He currently resides in New York.

PRAS MICHEL 2015

 

Prazkazrel Samuel Michel, known as Pras, is an American music artist and film producer who has worked in the entertainment industry for decades. He first became known to the world as the founding member of the multi-platinum and two-time Grammy award winning group, The Fugees, with Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. After attending Yale University with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology, he made his debut in the 1999 feature film, Mystery Men, with Ben Stiller and William H. Macy. Pras quickly progressed into producing and acting with New Line Cinema’s Turn It Up and the documentary, Skid Row. While filming Skid Row, he went undercover as a homeless man in downtown L.A. to experience life from the viewpoint of those society is quick to cast aside. It was one of the first examples of Pras inserting himself into challenging circumstances to provide a message of social change. This effort has continued with his work towards improving the quality of life in Haiti and his support of the initiatives of his friend, President Barack Obama.

Shortly after Skid Row, his career sent him into difficult environments such as the African coast and Haiti. While filming the currently in-development documentary Paper Dreams in 2008, Somalian pirates took the captain of his ship hostage for a month. The adversity Pras faced only challenged him to fight to make the world a more peaceful place through art. It was after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 where Pras’ path for making positive social changes became clearer. Growing up, he was raised by Haitian parents with a strong sense of culture and pride. The tragedy inspired him to work on improving the country of his culture and film the documentary, Sweet Mickey for President.

His efforts to improve the lives of the less fortunate haven’t been limited to Haiti. His work with the Clinton Global Initiative, Artists For Peace and Justice, and his support for President Obama’s campaigns have shown a consistent drive to create pieces that will inspire conversations about the change needed for societies to grow and flourish. Pras was instrumental in raising awareness and campaigning for the President and his policies in an effort to provide change and a hopeful future for the underprivileged. During the 2012 election cycle, Pras was one of the top 25 private donors, and firmly supports the efforts made by the President and the First Lady.

In every step of his journey, Pras has made it a mission to understand what it is that we must work to fix and work towards making it a reality. By using his talents in both the music and film industries, he continues to produce works that fight against injustice and shed light on the important issues of our time. Through art, he strives to find organic connections to the human condition, and turn them into transformative pieces that improve the world at large.

Imperial Dreams, 3 1/2 Minutes-10 bullets & Le Commencement Receive Top Honour!

 

 

The 11th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News Montreal, announced its prize winners at the Festival’s closing ceremonies on Sunday October 4, at Concordia Theatre Hall.

 

Winners were selected by a professional jury:

 

Narrative Feature Films: Pierre Magny, president of the jury, director; Co-Hoedeman, animated film director, animator, writer, concept developer and filmmaker; Catherine Hébert, director.

 

Documentary Feature Films: Rachelle Salnave, president of the jury, filmmaker; Isabelle Depelteau, director and screenwriter; Dan Shannon, producer, director and DP.

 

Short and Mid-Length Narrative Films: Alice Tran, president of the jury, MAtv host and actress; Aleksander Lubczynski, filmmaker; Maxence Bradley, producer, director and independent consultant.

 

Members of the juries evaluated excellent films from over 20 countries according to a set of selection criteria. While all films were outstanding, the following really stood out:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Malik Vital’s Imperial Dreams (USA)

Honourable mentions to: Ernest Nkosi’s Thina Sobabili (South Africa)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Marc Silver’s 31/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (USA)

Honourable mention to: Michiel Thomas’ Game Face (USA) and Stanley Nelson’s Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (USA)

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Loîc Barché’s Le Commencement (France)

Honourable mention to: Anna Musso’s Run Fast (USA)

 

 

The 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, was  held from September 29 to October 4, 2015 and was presented by Global News Montreal.

 

The Winners of the 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival are revealed: Imperial Dreams, 3 1/2 Minutes-10 bullets & Le Commencement Receive Top Honour!

 

Montréal, October 5, 2015 – The 11th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News Montreal, announced its prize winners at the Festival’s closing ceremonies on Sunday October 4, at Concordia Theatre Hall.

 

Winners were selected by a professional jury:

Narrative Feature Films: Pierre Magny, president of the jury, director; Co-Hoedeman, animated film director, animator, writer, concept developer and filmmaker; Catherine Hébert, director.

Documentary Feature Films: Rachelle Salnave, president of the jury, filmmaker; Isabelle Depelteau, director and screenwriter; Dan Shannon, producer, director and DP.

Short and Mid-Length Narrative Films: Alice Tran, president of the jury, MAtv host and actress; Aleksander Lubczynski, filmmaker; Maxence Bradley, producer, director and independent consultant.

 

Members of the juries evaluated excellent films from over 20 countries according to a set of selection criteria. While all films were outstanding, the following really stood out:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Malik Vital’s Imperial Dreams (USA)

Honourable mentions to: Ernest Nkosi’s Thina Sobabili (South Africa)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Marc Silver’s 31/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (USA)

Honourable mention to: Michiel Thomas’ Game Face (USA) and Stanley Nelson’s Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (USA)

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Loîc Barché’s Le Commencement (France)

Honourable mention to: Anna Musso’s Run Fast (USA)

 

The 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, was  held from September 29 to October 4, 2015 and was presented by Global News Montreal.

 

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. As Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, MIBFF’s mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international black realities. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both here and abroad that doesn’t always make it to the silver screen. We showcase ground-breaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while raising awareness. Join us for a fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com

 

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Viola Davis makes history with best actress in drama series win

Source : TheGuardian.com

Viola Davis, the star of How to Get Away with Murder, made history at the 67th Emmy awards on Sunday night, becoming the first woman of color to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama series.

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said when accepting the award. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

In her speech, Davis began by quoting the civil rights activist Harriet Tubman. “In my dreams and visions,” said the actor, whose voice was charged with emotion, “I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how.”

Davis went on to thank the showrunners, writers and producers who have created roles for black women in television. “So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shona Rhimes – people who have redefined what it means to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”

She then paid tribute to other actresses of colour including Taraji P Henson, Scandal star Kerry Washington, Meagan Goods and Halle Berry: “Thank you for taking us over that line.”

It was Davis’s first nomination for the Shonda Rhimes show on ABC. Nominees in her category included Taraji P Henson, Claire Danes, Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright.

Medias Buzz 2015

Montrealgazette.com : Montreal International black film festival to close with powerful Black Panthers documentary

Cultmontreal.com : The Montreal international black film is on 

Globalnews.ca : Must see movies at the montreal black film festival 

Journalmetro.ca : En quête d’identité : Les sourires de la diversité

Globalnews.ca : Pras Michel on MIBFF red carpet 

Globalnews.ca : Interview with Martin  Luther King III

Globalnews.ca : The MiBFF with Fabienne colas

Hollywoodpq.com : Martin Luther King II est de passage à Montréal 

RadioCanada.ca : Entrevue avec Gardy Fury porte parole du 11e FIFBM 

JournalMetro.com : Gardy Fury : L’histoire de l’autre c’est aussi ta propre histoire 

Montrealgazette.com : Paul Haggis to receive tribute at montreal International Black Film Festival for Haitian initiatives

The Suburban : The Montreal International Black Film Fest. ready for next decade

TheMontrealeronline : 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival : To know where you’re going. Know where you come from

MTLtimes.ca : Montreal international Black film festival begins S

TheConcordian.com : Big Names expected at Montreal’s black film festival 

Hollywoodpq.com : Gardy Fury est porte-parole du Festival international du film black de Montréal 

JournalMetro.com : Gardy Fury porte-parole du Festival international du film black de Montréal 

BadFeelingMagazine.com : The Montreal Black film Festival is stronger than ever 

TourismeMontreal.com : Star-Studded Montreal international Black film Festival honours afro-American history 

MontrealGazette.com : Entertainement 

 

Medias Buzz 2014

Le New Yorker Magazine : P.K. Subban Hockey’s Ice Breaker

La Gazette : Montreal International Black Film Festival is doing the right things

La Presse : Hope ouvrira le Festival du Film Black 

Voir.ca : hommage à Spike Lee et autres raisons de se rendre au Festival du Film Black de Montréal 

Magazine Black Milk : 10e Édition du Festival International du Film Black de Montreal

New Zulu : Montréal : C’est l’International Black film Festival 

LeDevoir.com : Festival International Du Film Black : Noir espoir en ouverture 

LaPresse.ca : Le Festival International du Film Black en sept suggestions 

TVA.ca : Le 10e Festival du Film Black de Montréal 

Hollywoodpq.com : Le réalisateur Spike Lee à Montréal pour le Montreal Black Film Festival

Tonpetitlook.com : Le Festival international du Film Black est commencé et vous devez y aller !

NewsQuebec.ca : Spike Lee de passage à Montréal : Une visite remarquée et une rencontre avec PK Subban

Thetelegram.com: Spike Lee honoured by Montreal International Black Film Festival

LeJounalde Montreal.ca : P.K Subban rencontre Spike Lee ! 

LeJounalde Montreal.ca : Les Fondatrices de KANPE Reçoivent le prix Impact Social 

Canoe.ca: Lancement de la 10e édition du Festival International du film Black de Montréal

NightLife.ca : 5 films à voir au Festival International du Film Black de Montréal

TVAnouvelles.ca : Festival International du Film Black de Montréal : Spike Lee toujours engagé

LeJournaldeMontreal.ca : Spike Lee à Montréal pour le Festival International du Film Black de Montréal

VilledeMontreal.qc.ca : Le Festival International du Film Black de Montréal fête ses 10 ans !

ToukiMontreal.com : Le Festival International du Film Black de Montreal rend hommage à Spike Lee 

L’initiatice.ca : 10e édition du Festival International du Film Black : Hope en ouverture

Ici.Radio-canada.ca : Les chemins du réalisateur Spike Lee et PK Subban se croisent

24heuresmontreal.ca : PK Subban rencontre Spike Lee ! 

Lapresse.ca : Spike Lee honoré à Montreal

Ledevoir.com : Un résistant nommé Spike Lee

Journalmetro.com : Spike Lee homme de paroles 

Lejournaldemontreal.com : Le Festival International du film Black de Montreal aura 10 ans

Voir.ca :  Le FIFBM fête ses 10 ans en grand du 23 au 28 septembre

Ici.Radio-canada.ca : Régine Chassagne entre musique et engagement humanitaire

TheGazette : Montreal international Black Film Festival begins Tuesday with hope, Wednesday sees Spike Lee …

GlobalNews.ca : Spike Lee honoured at Montreal international Black Film Festival 

CBC.ca : Black Film Fest takes steps to foster young filmmakers 

GlobalNews.ca : Montreal International Black film Festival kicks off 

CTV News : Spike Lee receives Pioneer award at Black Film Festival

Montrealgazette.com : Spike Lee Unconventional but inspiring 

Shadow and Act : Montreal International Black film Festival Introduces 1st Annual MIBFF Black Market 

CultMontreal.com : 10 years of Montreal Black film Festival 

The Suburban : MIBFF celebrates 10th anniversary with huge guest and expanded programming 

Montreal Community contact : StoryTelling : Montreal international Black Film Festival and the media 

McGillTribune : Spike Lee speaks at press conference after receiving inaugural MIBFF Pioneer Award

You’re not sure what to see at #MIBFF15??? Our programming team can help!

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Emile Castonguay – MIBFF Co-founder / Programming Director and Joyce Fuerza – Head Programming Coordinator, accepted to share 12 films that really touched them. Narrowing down to 12 films was not an easy task as they are the ones who selected all the 70 films coming from 23 countries. But they did it just for you :

 

OF MIND AND MUSIC  Richie Adams

A disheartened neuroscientist is intent on helping a beautiful street musician who is suffering from memory loss.

THE BODA BODA THIEVES Donald Mugisha, James Tayler

Abel takes up the responsibility of driving his “boda boda” to provide for the family. But a local hustler offers him the chance to be a snatch-and-grab getaway driver.

DRY Stéphanie Linus

Dry is an inspiring movie about Zara and Halima who find themselves in the same cultural trap regardless of their backgrounds.

TERRIBLE LOVE Christopher Thomas

The story of Rufus, a wounded veteran returning home from Iraq with posttraumatic stress disorder, and his devoted wife, Amy.

THINA SOBABILI (THE TWO OF US) Ernest Nkosi

Alexandra Township in South Africa: Siblings Thulani and Zanele’s journey through life knowing that they have no one but each other to lean on.

MANOS SUCIAS Josef Wladyka

A desperate fisherman and a naive kid embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars of cocaine up the Pacific coast of Colombia.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: Vanguard of the Revolution Stanley Nelson

This film is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people

SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT  Ben Patterson

Music and politics collide when Pras Michel of the Fugees returns to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010 to mobilize a presidential campaign for Michel Martelly, AKA Sweet Micky.

DENNIS RODMAN’S BIG BANG IN PYONGANG Collin Offman

Dennis Rodman wants to improve relations between North Korea and the US by staging a historic basketball game between the two countries.

3 1/2 MINUTES TEN BULLETS Marc Silver

3 1⁄2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS dissects the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012.

GAME FACE Michiel Thomas

The film follows both athletes during their coming-out process and sheds light on the obstacles LGBTQ sports players deal with throughout their career

CIDADE DE DEUS 10 ANOS DEPOIS Cavi Borges, Luciano Vidigal

This documentary tells the story of the young actors who starred in the film City of God and how their lives unfolded after the film’s worldwide success.

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING III Eldest Son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. TO RECEIVE THE 2015 HUMANITARIAN AWARD At 11th MIBFF

MARTIN LUTHER KING III

Eldest Son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &

Human Rights activist and political leader

 

TO RECEIVE THE 2015 HUMANITARIAN AWARD

At 11th Annual Montreal International Black Film Festival

 

Opening Night – Tuesday September 29, 7PM, Imperial Theatre | $25

 

Tickets on sale now at www.montrealblackfilm.com

Montreal International Black Film Festival – created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation

presented by Global News Montreal – September 29 to October 4, 2015

 

 

Montreal, Wednesday September 14, 2015 – Human rights advocate, community activist and political leader Martin Luther King III will receive the 2015 Humanitarian Award at the 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival on Tuesday September 29 at 7PM at Imperial Theatre. This tribute coincides with the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery led by his father Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is carrying the family torch and pursuing equality and justice for all people. The MIBFF is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his involvement in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, in the US and abroad.

Fabienne Colas, the festival president and founder, will present him with the award on opening night. “It is a tremendous honor and a real privilege for all of us to welcome such an extraordinary activist and leader. Granting him this award is symbolic for us since it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery led by his father.”

The tribute to Martin Luther King III on September 29 will be followed by the Quebec premiere of the opening film, Ben Patterson’s SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT hosted by the film’s producer, Pras Michel, Grammy Award-winner and founder of the Fugees.

 

 

MOVIE-TALK: THE POWER OF NON-VIOLENCE

On the following day, Wednesday, September 30, 7PM at D.B. Clarke Theatre (Concordia), a panel discussion on The Power of Non-Violence: An interfaith perspective on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place with guest of honor, Martin Luther King III. Hosted by Laura Gallo, the panel includes: Reverend Darryl Gray, Special assistant to the national president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – Atlanta; Dr. Victor Goldbloom, President of the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal; Afra Jalabi, Journalist and peace activist; Thupten Jinpa Langri, Writer and English translator to the Dalai Lama.

The Power of Non-Violence panel discussion, organized for the International Day of Peace, will follow the screening of SELMA by director Ava Duvernay. Starring David Oyelowo, Selma tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people.

“The Montreal International Black Film Festival is more than just a festival. It exposes viewers to international Black realities through cinema and other forms of expression. We want the festival to raise awareness on Black history and to create a place for inspiration, education and development both for the filmmakers and the audience.”  – Emile Castonguay, Programming Director and co-founder of the Festival.

Presented by the Peace Grantmakers Network – in collaboration with Consulate general of the United States in Montreal, Concordia University, Global News Montreal, The Suburban, the Fabienne Colas Foundation

These two events with Martin Luther King III are part of the MIBFF Special American Program with the generous support of the Consulate general of the United States in Montreal.

MARTIN LUTHER KING III – BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King III, is carrying the family torch and pursuing equality and justice for all people.

A human rights advocate, community activist and a political leader, King has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, at home and abroad. Utilizing the principles of Kingian nonviolence, King quietly exercised negotiation and persuasion to reach a compromise between Georgia legislators and leaders to change the state flag that was an offensive and divisive symbol for many Georgians.

On the 44th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, Martin Luther King III gave a new meaning to the date, addressing youth violence prevention as a public health issue. April 4th Revisited: saving Lives, Building Dreams was an initiative launched in collaboration with the CDC-funded Prevention Institute as a call-to-action to build momentum for non- violence and peaceful communities nationwide.

The 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will be held from September 29 to October 4, 2015 and is brought to you by Global News Montreal.

 

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. As Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, MIBFF’s mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international black realities. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both here and abroad that doesn’t always make it to the silver screen. We showcase ground-breaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while raising awareness. Join us for a fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com

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Get festival news on:

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English Press Agent: Danny Payne – danny@montrealblackfilm.com – (514) 621-8657

The 11th MIBFF: To Know Where You’re Going, Know Where You Come From

The 11th MIBFF: To Know Where You’re Going, Know Where You Come From

 

The Montreal International Black Film Festival celebrates History from Martin Luther King to Malcom X and of course Rosa Parks, with a bold, diverse and meaningful programming.

 

Complete program and tickets: www.montrealblackfilm.com

11th Montreal International Black Film Festival

presented by Global News Montreal – September 29 to October 4, 2015

Montreal, September 9, 2015 – Today, at the Former NFB Theatre, programming for the 11th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was announced. The MIBFF, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News Montreal, will take place from September 29 to October 4, 2015 with a variety of memorable events that will leave a mark in the Festival’s history.

Canada’s biggest black film festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, is returning with a rich and bold programming honouring Afro-American History. The programming includes the “Black Market”, exciting special events, the “Cinema Without Borders” professional development activities program for the youth from the South, tributes, attendance of international guests and much more. In addition, the MIBFF will debut an exhibition and after parties. Moviegoers will get the chance to watch uncut, quality films; feature-length, mid-length, shorts, documentaries and narrative films will all be presented, most making their Canadian debut! Festivalgoers will also get the chance to see actors and directors from all corners of the globe sharing their passions. And there’s something for everyone!

Some of the highlights include: Sweet Mickey for President, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Selma, Breathe Umphefumlo, Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang, Dry, Terrible love, Manos sucias (Dirty Hands), White water, En quête d’identité, Thina Sobali (The two of us), Una vida: Of Mind and Music, 3 ½ minutes – ten bullets, Game Face, O KA (notre maison), My father’s land, La belle vie, Imperial dreams, Battle dream chronicle many more! Productions are divided into several categories: drama; art, poetry, and music; comedy; accomplishment or portrait; Haitian films; identity, history, and traditions; immigration and segregation; bullying; and the human condition.

After the success of its 10th anniversary edition, the MIBFF continues its innovation with a variety of entertaining events that transcends borders, where the past meets the present.

A SYMBOLIC CONTEXT: SPECIAL AMERICAN PROGRAM

With the generous support of the Consulate general of the United States in Montreal

2015 is a symbolic year of many ground-breaking anniversaries in American history: 50 years since the historic march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; 60 years since Rosa Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, initiating a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality; and 50 years since the assassination of human rights activist Malcolm X. The 11th MIBFF is proud and honoured to be featuring a strong and significant Special American Program that will give Montrealers access to more independent films, actors, speakers and American directors. This Program includes tributes, screening of 20 films which include the festival’s opening and closing films, an exhibition on 25 trailblazing Afro-American women, movie discussion on the power of non-violence and the Festival’s Kick-off Party.

2015 also marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. To commemorate this event, the festival chose to open with an excellent film that unveils an important chapter in Haiti’s political history.

TRIBUTES AND HONORARY AWARDS

 

TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING III

Tuesday, September 29, 7PM, Imperial Theatre | $25

Presented by Global News Montreal

 

Human rights advocate, community activist and political leader Martin Luther King III will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival’s 2015 Humanitarian Award on opening night. As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is carrying the family torch and pursuing equality and justice for all people. The MIBFF is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his involvement in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, at home and abroad. The tribute will precede the screening of the opening film, Ben Patterson’s Sweet Mickey for President.

 

TRIBUTE TO PAUL HAGGIS & DAVID BELLE

Friday, October 2, 7PM, Cineplex Odéon du Quartier Latin | $20

Presented by Centre des Viandes F. Iasenza, Transat and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec

 

Paul Haggis, Canadian Oscar winning director (founder of Artists for Peace and Justice – APJ) and David Belle, filmmaker, CEO of APJ and founder of Ciné Institute (Jacmel, Haïti), will receive the 2015 Social Impact Award in recognition of their important contributions to Haitian education and social justice. This double tribute will precede the screening of 5 films directed by graduates of Ciné Institute (Jollywood, the new wave of Haitian cinema) who have been invited as part of the Cinema without Borders (The Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth & Diversity Program) followed by a Q&A with Haggis, Belle and the graduates.

OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS

 

OPENING FILM – BEN PATTERSON’S SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT

2015 Audience Award and Jury Award for Best Documentary at Slamdance

Tuesday, September 29, 7PM, Imperial Theatre | $25

Presented Global News Montreal

 

Quebec Premiere: Music and politics collide when international music star, Pras Michel of the Fugees, returns to his homeland of Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010 to mobilize a presidential campaign for Haiti’s most controversial musician: Michel Martelly, aka Sweet Micky. The film features: Pras Michel, Michel Martelly (Sweet Micky), Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, President Bill Clinton, Mirlande Manigat, René Préval… Sweet Micky for President is Ben Patterson’s first feature film.  Patterson is the founder of Onslot Creative, where he built a reputation as a soughtafter visual content director for brands and artists. Hosted by Pras Michel, Grammy Award-winner and founder of Fugees.

 

After the screening, at 10PM at Le Petit Olympia, Pras Michel will host the Festival Kick Off party with various artists and local DJs. $20 in advance.

 

CLOSING FILM – STANLEY NELSON’S THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGARD OF THE REVOLUTION

2015 Official Selection at Sundance International Film Festival

Sunday, October 4, 7PM, Theatre Hall-Concordia | $20

Presented by Fondation Fabienne Colas

 

Quebec Premiere: This feature-length documentary explores the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when the movement derailed. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and the Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Stanley Nelson is Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in August 2014. The festival closing and awards ceremonies will precede the screening.

MOVIE-TALK: THE POWER OF NON-VIOLENCE

Wednesday, September 30, 7PM, D.B. Clarke Theatre (Concordia) | $20

Presented by the Peace Grantmakers Network – in collaboration with Consulat Général des États-Unis à Montréal, Concordia University, Global News Montreal, The Suburban, the Fabienne Colas Foundation

Presented as part of the International Day of Peace, the screening of SELMA, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people, will precede a panel discussion on The Power of Non-Violence: An interfaith perspective on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with guest of honour, Martin Luther King III. Hosted by Laura Gallo, the panel includes: Révérend Darryl Gray, special assistant to the national president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Dr. Victor Goldbloom, President of the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal; Afra Jalabi, Journalist and peace activist; Thupten Jinpa Langri, Writer and English translator to the Dalai Lama.

EXHIBITION: WE HAVE A DREAM

September 30 – October 4, 5PM-10PM, Former ONF| Free Entry

With the generous support of the Consulate general of the United States in Montreal

 

We are proudly showcasing 25 trailblazing African-American women with lasting legacies, including Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and Oprah Winfrey, in a “We Have a Dream” exhibition. The goal of this exhibition is to showcase the stories of African-American women who have made history through their struggles, fights, advocacy and audacity. These women have made the United States and North America a much better place, and serve as excellent role models to inspire others to break down barriers of injustice… and dare to dream a bigger dream.

THE MIBFF BLACK MARKET

Presented by Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and Transat

The MIBFF Black Market is back with internationally renowned industry professionals, experts, intellectuals, and visionaries. Our guests will share an exciting blend of cutting-edge thinking and real world experience on today’s most critical filmmaking issues. This year, the MIBFF Black Market presents:

  • A panel discussion on the realities of North-south co-productions featuring film icons Souleymane Cissé, Abderrahmane Sissako, Moussa Touré and Pierre Magny.
  • The Youth and Diversity program’s Cinema without Borders project, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Transat, gives five young graduates from Jacmel, Haiti’s Ciné Institute the chance to take advantage of a professional development trip during the MIBFF including master classes, workshops, talks and the chance to meet filmmakers from here and abroad. With the support of l’Inis, l’OJIQ.
  • A Jollywood evening featuring the new wave of Haitian film out of Jacmel.
  • A tribute to Paul Haggis, Canadian Oscar winning director and founder of Artists for Peace and Justice and David Belle, director and founder of Ciné Institute.

FESTIVAL AFTER PARTIES

September 29 – October 4, 10PM, Le Petit Olympia & Monument National’s Café Lounge | $15- $20

As a new and exclusive feature of this year’s edition, the festival will be hosting public after-parties with DJs and acoustic concerts by sensational artists. Experience the festival after hours, where you can network and dance to live soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean beats.

Pras Michel, Grammy Award Winner and founding member of The Fugees will host the Festival Kick Off Party at Le Petit Olympia, Tuesday, September 29, 10PM. $20 (in advance).

 

The Monument National’s Café Lounge After Parties at 10PM include:

  • Afro-Latino After Party with Paulo Ramos, Friday October 2
  • Afro-Caribbean After Party with Senaya, Saturday October 3
  • Jazz Wrap up Party with Dawn Tyler Watson, Sunday October 4

 

A 3 night Pass for the Monument National Café Lounge’s after parties is available to keep the party going all festival for $30 (excluding Festival Kick Off Party with Pras Michel at le Petit Olympia)!

PRE-FESTIVAL CELEBRATION: 60 YEARS OF KONPA MUSIC

Saturday, September 26, 8PM, Centre culturel La Perle retrouvée | $20

Présenté par Magnus Poirier

 

To celebrate 60 years of Konpa music, a pre-festival event will take place at La Perle Retrouvée. Music critic and radio host (Espace Music) Ralph Boncy and DJ Jean Nonez will make us relive the best moments of Konpa – Haiti’s most popular music. Proceeds will go to Centre culturel La Perle Retrouvée.

 

CINEMA WITHOUT BORDERS: JOLLYWOOD

Thurday October 1 and Friday October 2, 9AM-3PM, l’Inis | Free entry for graduates

With the generous support of Transat, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, l’Inis, l’OJIQ, Fabienne Colas Fondation, Ciné Institute

 

As a part of the Young & Diversity Program established in 2014, the Fabienne Colas Foundation is encouraging young filmmakers to initiate a dialogue in the international audiovisual industry through the Cinema without Borders program. In the first edition of Cinema without Borders, five young graduates of the Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, have the opportunity to attend professional development activities in Montreal including masterclasses, lectures, film set visits, city tours and film screenings. This is a great chance for young filmmakers to learn and gain exposure. The five graduates will present their work as part of the movie discussion “Jollywood, a new wave of Haitian cinema from Jacmel, Haiti” in the presence of David Belle (director and founder of Ciné Institute) and Paul Haggis (Oscar Winning director and founder of Artists for Peace and Justice).

JURY MEMBERS

 

Narrative Feature Films: Pierre Magny, president of the jury, director; Co-Hoedeman, animated film director, animator, writer, concept developer and filmmaker; Catherine Hébert, director.

Documentary Feature Films: Rachelle Salnave, president of the jury, filmmaker; Isabelle Depelteau, director and screenwriter; Dan Shannon, producer, director and DP.

Short and Mid-Length Narrative Films: Alice Tran, president of the jury, MAtv host and actress; Aleksander Lubczynski, filmmaker; Maxence Bradley, producer, director and independent consultant.

 

TICKETS & PASSES

 

PASSES

  • PLATINUM CARD: Full Access: VIP package (See details on website) – $300
  • GOLD CARD: Access to all films: Imperial Theatre, Quartier Latin, Former NFB Theater, Concordia) – $195
  • PASSEPORT: Access to: Quartier Latin, Former NFB Theater – $135
  • MOVIE ACCESS PASS: 10 films only 80$
  • BLACK MARKET PASS$20

–  AFTER-PARTY PASS: Café Monument National only 30$

 

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

  • Regular ticket – 1 film – 10$
  • Opening Night – $25
  • Closing Night – 20$
  • Special Events – $20
  • After Party (Monument National) – $15

VENUES

  • Imperial Theater: Centre Sandra et Leo Kolber: 1430, Rue de Bleury
  • Cineplex Odéon du Quartier Latin: 350, Rue Émery
  • Former NFB Cinema: 1564, Rue St-Denis
  • Concordia University (DB Clarke Theatre et Theatre Hall): 1455 Boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest
  • L’inis (Institut national de l’image et du son) : 301, Boul de Maisonneuve Est
  • La Perle Retrouvée: 7655, 20e ave
  • Le Petit Olympia: 1282, Rue Amherst
  • Café Lounge du Monument National: 1182, Boulevard St-Laurent

The 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will be held from September 29 to October 4, 2015 and is presented by Global News Montreal.

 

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. As Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, MIBFF’s mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international black realities. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both here and abroad that doesn’t always make it to the silver screen. We showcase ground-breaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while raising awareness. Join us for a fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com

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