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Ben Patterson’s SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT to open the 11th MIBFF, in the presence of PRAS MICHEL

Ben Patterson’s SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT

    To open the 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival as a Quebec Premiere  

In the presence of PRAS MICHEL, Grammy award-winning rapper and founder of THE FUGEES,  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Imperial Theatre – 7PM

Presented by Global News Montreal

 

Montreal, Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News Montreal, is proud to kick start its 11th edition with the Quebec premiere of Ben Patterson’s Sweet Micky for President on Tuesday September 29, 7PM at Imperial Theatre. Producer Pras Michel will be in attendance. Winner of both the Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival, Sweet Micky for President is Patterson’s first feature film.

“We are thrilled and proud to open the festival with Sweet Micky for President which coincides with the 5th anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. The story told by Pras Michel and Ben Patterson captures perfectly an important chapter in Haitian history.” – Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of MIBFF

Sweet Micky for President follows Pras Michel, Grammy award-winning rapper and founder of the hip-hop group, The Fugees, as he returns to his homeland of Haiti post-earthquake and finds a corrupt government in paralysis. With no experience or money, Pras passionately mobilizes a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: Michel Martelly, aka “Sweet Micky”, Haiti’s most popular and most outlandish pop star. The idealistic and politically inexperienced pair set out against a corrupt government, civil unrest, and a fixed election system to change the course of Haitian history. When Pras’s former bandmate – superstar Wyclef Jean – also enters the presidential race, their chances seem further doomed and the story takes on the wild twists of celebrity drama. Shortly after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Ben Patterson connected and began collaborating with Pras Michel on Sweet Micky for President. What was initially meant to document the post-earthquake recovery, soon became a whirlwind introduction to the world of international politics.

“Fascinating and wildly entertaining.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Artfully takes us through a roller coaster ride.” – Indiewire

“It’s an important film and one that acts as a time capsule for future generations.” – FilmPulse

“One of the most unlikely stories ever captured on film.” – Billboard

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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SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT to open the 11th MIBFF in the presence of PRAS MICHEL

 

Ben Patterson’s SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT

    To open the 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival as a Quebec Premiere

In the presence of PRAS MICHEL, Grammy award-winning rapper and founder of The Fugees.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Imperial Theatre – 7PM

Presented by Global Montreal

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The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global Montreal, is proud to kick start its 11th edition with the Quebec premiere of Ben Patterson’s Sweet Micky for President on Tuesday September 29, 7PM at Imperial Theatre. Producer Pras Michel will be in attendance. Winner of both the Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival, Sweet Micky for President is Patterson’s first feature film.

 

READ SYNOPSIS AND SECURE YOUR TICKETS HERE

 

“Fascinating and wildly entertaining.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Artfully takes us through a roller coaster ride.” – Indiewire

“It’s an important film and one that acts as a time capsule for future generations.” – FilmPulse

“One of the most unlikely stories ever captured on film.” – Billboard

 

 “We are thrilled and proud to open the festival with Sweet Micky for President which coincides with the 5th anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. The story told by Pras Michel and Ben Patterson captures perfectly an important chapter in Haitian history.” – Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of MIBFF

THE MIBFF is proud to present its new 2015 poster !

NICOLAS SALEZ

WINNER OF 2015 MIBFF POSTER CONTEST

 

Biographical Note:

Our winner, Nicolas Salez, lives on Réunion Island. He has been navigating the world of graphic and visual arts for the past 10 years: video reporting, graphic design, street art and photography.

Two years ago, he created his own studio called NSH Studio from where he supports and advises companies, associations, communities and individuals in their communications efforts.

Explanation of poster:

A red film strip sweeps down from on high, swirls around the afro cut and descends on the Festival, just like the ribbon of inspiration that runs through every great idea and leads to this Festival. The scene elegantly plunges down into a black and silver world, a mirror image of the emerging black talents who are taking their rightful place.

Reactions:

I’m a big film buff! It’s a huge honour for me to illustrate this 11th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival. I’m proud to be part of this renowned Festival and to support the socioeconomic issues that it brings to the fore.

Music, pictorial art, shows and films have very often helped me to understand myself and others. If I can contribute to promoting this Festival, for me it will only be a way of giving back to the deserving artists and to everyone else involved in helping them express themselves!

 

“20 FEET FROM STARDOM “FREE SCREENING !

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What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness. Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists.

Join us 16th June, 9pm  at la Place de la Paix ! It’s Free

 

 

2015 POSTER CONTEST !

LAUNCH OF THE 2nd EDITION OF THE MIBFF POSTER CONTEST!

The 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival ( MIBFF), taking place from September 29th to October 4th, 2015 , is proud to launch the 2nd edition  of its great international poster contest !

 

TIA AIDE MOI ! A WebSerie by Caesey Shakes

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One of the 5 young filmmakers of our project “Being Black in Montreal” in 2014, Caesey Shakes, has since been working on a webserie: Tia aide-moi! Caesey wrote this webserie about black women, a subject she loves. The Fabienne Colas Foundation is really proud and invites you to watch its teaser and its website.

www.tiaiademoi.ca

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FABIENNE COLAS WAS AWARDED A MEDAL FROM THE QUEBEC’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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Congratulations to our president and Founder Fabienne Colas who was awarded a Medal from Quebec’s National Assembly on Monday February 23, alongside two other members of Montreal’s black community Noel Alexander and Benoit Songa – recognizing their contribution to Quebec society. They were all recognized for their leadership and engagement in the black community and received the meadals from Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion. Read More  

DON’T MISS THE SCREENING OF CITIZENS OF NOWHERE !

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FONDU AU NOIR / FADE TO BLACK

Presents as part of Black History Month, the Film

CITIZENS OF NOWHERE

 Followed by a discussion with the directors and experts on the topic, hosted by reporter François Bugingo

 Saturday February 28 – 8PM – GENERAL ADMISSION | $15 – $20 at the door

            Concordia University Hall Building – Room H110
1455 De Maisonneuve Ouest  (Guy-Concordia Metro)

www.fonduaunoir.ca

Fondu au Noir/Fade to Black, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is proud to present the world premier of the documentary Citizens of Nowhere by directors Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay et Régis Coussot as part of Black History Month. The film brings to light how a quarter million Dominicans of Haitian descent lost their rights, freedom and identity since the Dominican government’s decision to revoke their citizenship. The event will take place on February 28, 2015 at 8PM at Concordia University – Hall Building, room H110 (1455 De Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal – Guy-Concordia Metro), General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Tickets on sale now at www.fonduaunoir.ca.

After three years of research and over three months filming on location, Nicolas Alexandre Tremblay and Régis Coussot paint an accurate portrait of the current situation for these Haitian migrants on Dominican soil. Narrated by Haitian poet and playwright Jean-Claude Martineau, the film takes us to the heart of this human tragedy.

 

For tickets and trailer: www.fonduaunoir.ca

We are happy to support our sister festival, the Toronto Black Film Festival

The Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal, will be in TORONTO from February 10 to 15, 2015 at the 3rd annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by Global News.

We are happy to support our sister festival (both created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation) and can’t wait to meet Torontonians and filmmakers from around the world, for what will be the greatest celebration of Black History Month through films. For the complete program and to secure your tickets, visit www.torontoblackfilm.com 

CONGRATULATIONS TO VIOLA DAVIS

Congratulations to Viola Davis for winning the favorite actress award in a new series at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards.

Viola Davis is currently the heroine of the new ABC series “How to get away with  a murder” . She played Annalise Keating, a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.

The producer is  Shonda Rhimes who also produced Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal.

Viola is also nominated for the prestigious Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

The year 2015 begin pretty well for the actress!