In honor of Black History Month and in celebration of FAMU’s 125th anniversary, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Lyceum Series and the Office of Student Activities in partnership with the Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) and the Tallahassee Film Society (TFS) present A Tribute to African-American Film beginning February 3 through February 29, 2012.
“We have been working in conjunction with several local groups to not only pay tribute to a segment of African-American culture, but to highlight FAMU alumni and staff contributions to the entertainment field as we celebrate FAMU’s 125th anniversary,” said Sharon Saunders, executive assistant for Communications at FAMU and the Tribute to African-American Films Planning Committee Chair.  “We believe that we have movies and events the entire community will enjoy.”
“Our Mission at TFF is ‘to nurture all aspects of film culture and stimulate economic development,’” said Lou Armesto, TFF board chair.  “This tribute accomplishes both by providing exceptional programming for our local community and attracting FAMU alumni back to Tallahassee and their alma mater.  That’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The month-long film forum is full of valuable entertainment.  Scheduled events include, social events, informative lectures and career development opportunities such as:
  • Red-carpet, advance screening of FAMU alumnus Will Packer’s upcoming film “Think Like a Man;”
  • Writer’s workshop led by Gregory Anderson, president of Tri Destined Films;
  • Lecture titled “African-Americans and the Oscars: Decades of Struggle and Achievement” by noted author and professor Edward Mapp, whose collection of 1200 black-cast movie posters resides in the Archives of the Motion Picture Academy;
  • Screenings at All Saints Cinema of Alley Pat and Dare Not Walk Alone, with Producer/Editor Tom Roche in attendance for Q & A;
  • Screening of the 1926 silent film, The Flying Ace, sponsored by the Museum of Florida History to coincide with their exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum entitled “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight;”
  • Screening of two recently released films: Underground, by Akil Dupont, a Civil War period film brought to life through song, and Psychedelic Shack, a family comedy by FAMU’s own Professor Kenneth Jones;
  • Matinee marathons each weekend at Lee Hall of many of America’s most notable African-American films including Cooley High, Do the Right Thing, The Emperor Jones, Eves Bayou, Glory, Imitation of Life, the Jackie Robinson Story, Stormy Weather, Sounder, Shaft, Super Fly.  Each movie will be introduced by a local film enthusiast or visiting filmmaker who will put that day’s line-up in context and share behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movies and the historical period that influenced the creative team involved.  For added fun, attendees are encouraged by the FAMU Pan-Hellenic Council to come to the marathons in a costume that suits the era of that day’s films; and finally
  • Important panel discussion scheduled for February 8 at Turner Auditorium on the Tallahassee Community College campus titled “Succeeding in the Film Industry.”  The panelists include Anthony B. Major, former director/stage manager/actor and current director of the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies at the University of Central Florida; Lewis "Jiggs" Walker, props manager; Melvin Johnson, film and television casting director; Valerie Scoon, professor, former producer with Harpo Studios and current Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts faculty member; Akil DuPont, a student Emmy-winning short film director/co-writer; Rosalind Stephenson, long-time, award-winning publicist; and Robert Stephenson, hair stylist for major motion pictures and personal stylist to Samuel L. Jackson.
Tickets are available online or at the door prior to each event.  For more information on ticket sales and sponsorships, visit, or call (850) 599-3413.

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