AROUND TOWN

 

 

AWARDS

The Little Brother curriculum companion and Mapping Our Pledge to Little Brothers interactive online community received a 2013 grant from The Foundation to Promote Open Society/Campaign for Black Male Achievement, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.

Recipient of the United Way of Union County New Jersey 2011 African American Leadership Initiative’s Community Service Award

Juror’s Choice Certificate, The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links “Salute to Youth” 12th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

Citation from Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams (Brooklyn, NY) for “outstanding citizen” who gives “exemplary service to their communities” (2012, 2013)

 

BROADCASTS

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart had its broadcast premiere on The Documentary Channel, November 29, 2011.

Little Brother chapters 1 – 5 are currently airing on the newly launched kweliTV (www.kweli.tv).

 

SCREENINGS/FORUMS/EVENTS

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart was featured as a vendor in the annual New Jersey Black Issues Conference, October 8, 2010. –New Brunswick, NJ.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart premiered at the Thirteenth Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival on October 16, 2010. The film screened as part of the program “Brotha, Brotha There Are Too Many of You Dying.” A panel discussion involving Nicole Franklin, Jasmin Tiggett, consulting psychologist Dr. Raymond Winbush (author,The Warrior Method) and two of the documentary participants took place immediately after the screening. The session was moderated by civil rights activist King Downing at The Kumble Theatre. –Long Island University, Downtown Brooklyn.

In the subsequent years of 2011 and 2012, Little Brother:  The Street and Little Brother:  A Do Right Man also made their world premieres at the annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screened in the program “Filming A Black Woman’s Joy.” –Bethany Church Book Club & Youth Council Symposium:  “Sharing Our History and Celebrating Our Stories,” October 22, 2010.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screened as part of the “Beyond the Bricks Project,” a series of community dialogues in Baltimore about the educational and emotional challenges face by African American boys in the United States.  In this event on February 12, 2011, Drs. Jeff Menzise and Raymond A. Winbush led the Q&A with the filmmakers in a series that encourages discussion and organizing among parents, teachers, educators and policy makers and how they can create effective strategies for intervening in the lives of Black boys from birth to maturity. –Morgan State University’s Institute for Urban Research.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and the producing team headlined the program “Making a Mark,” a Black History Month Celebration for the United Way of Greater Union County on Friday, February 25, 2011 at Keane University in New Jersey. The film and panel appeared at the invitation of African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) committee and received the chapters Community Service Award. The program also included a presentation by the New Jersey Orators.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screened at The New School (NYC) by invitation of The Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Program on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart headlined a community forum at The House of Art Gallery in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY on March 12, 2011.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screening and discussion during Kappa Week.   –Long Island University Brooklyn campus, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 7:11pm.  The film was invited by Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Mu Chapter.

Harlem Stage in NYC presented an evening with The Black Documentary Collective screening Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart along with MR SOUL!: Ellis Haizlip And The Birth Of Black Power TV and The New Black on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Little Brother: Things Fall Apart screened in the 11th Annual Juneteenth Arts Festival on June 18, 2011, produced by the Cooperative Culture Collective, Urban Bush Women, and ActNow Foundation. –Brooklyn, NY at South Oxford Space.

Little Brother: Things Fall Apart screened on Sunday, September 18, 2011 in the shorts program at The Hamptons Black International Film Festival (HBIFF). –Sag Harbor, NY.

Little Brother:  The Street, the second chapter of the Little Brother film series, premiered on Sunday, October 16 2011 at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screened as part of The 140th Anniversary of Bethany Baptist Church Youth Participation Night celebration October 21, 2011. –Newark, NJ.

For the Bloomfield College Faculty Forum “The Films of Nicole Franklin:  The Divas and The Brothers,”  Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screened along with films The Double Dutch Divas! and the Meet BESS documentary trailer. –Bloomfield College (NJ), October 25, 2011,

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screened with a Q&A at the Upstate Independents monthly meeting. –The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, NY on November 1, 2011.

Little Brother: Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screening as well as poster-sized displays of the discussion guide were an exhibit during the “Art Extravaganza and Short Film Showcase.” –Pen & Brush Gallery in NYC’s West Village, December 11, 2011.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street, screened with an appearance by film consultant Dr. Raymond Winbush to a sold-out Black history month community forum. –Belmont University in Nashville, TN, February 2, 2012.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screened in the The Hayti Heritage Film Festival (HHFF) in Durham, NC in February 12, 2012.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screened and co-headlined a “Build-a-Man” workshop of Eta Mu chapter, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Lambda Chi chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and the Male Empowerment Network (MEN). –Bloomfield College, February 13, 2012.

Clips from Little Brother:  The Street screened for the Third Edition of Collective EFFECT (Emergent Filmmaking Females of Color Today/Tomorrow), a filmmaker collective involving alumni from The Maysles Cinema filmmaking classes on February 18, 2012.

Little Brother:  The Street screened as part of the program “Growing Pains” in The New Voices in Black Cinema film festival, sponsored by ActNow Productions. –BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY, February 20, 2012.

Excerpts of Little Brother:  The Street screened for the middle school at The Packer Collegiate Institute during their PRIDE in Diversity workshop series on February 29, 2012. –Brooklyn Heights, NY.

Little Brother:  The Street screened at Harlem Stage on March 14, 2012 as part of the Spring season of films from The Black Documentary Collective (BDC).

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart had its Camden, NJ premiere at the IDEA Performing Arts Center, where it was originally filmed, on March 24, 2012.

Little Brother: Things Fall Apart screened along with a panel discussion headlined by Dr. Ivory Toldson and The Congressional Black Caucus. More than 700 audience members attended. –Cardozo Middle School in Jackson, MS, March 29, 2012.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screened as part of a program on Black males in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting at Doc Watchers at The Maysles Cinema in Harlem on Monday, April 2, 2012. Curated by Hellura Lyle.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screened as part of North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter (NMAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. program “Educating Leroy: A Red ‘Reel’ Discussion” on May 5, 2012. –Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Washington Heights, NY.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart screened at the 2012 Linkages: Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF), presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Brooklyn Arts Council, Centric, The Media Arts Department of Long Island University, and Consolidated Edison on May 5, 2012.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screened for BADWest collective of West Coast filmmakers in Los Angeles, CA.–The Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, June 25, 2012.

Mapping Our Pledge to Little Brothers, an online interactive community, launched on September 21, 2012 at The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference during the Health Education and Literacy Policy (HELP) for School-age Black Children session at the Washington Convention Center.

A Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screening cycle accompanied the Scott H. Kaplan Gallery QUESTION BRIDGE:  BLACK MALE installation curated by Dr. Halima Taha, February 7 through April 26, 2013. Artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Bayete Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair describe their QUESTION BRIDGE video concept as opening “a window onto the complex and often unspoken dialogue among African American men, creating an intimate and essentially genuine experience for viewers and subjects and providing new opportunities for understanding and healing. This project brings the full spectrum of what it means to be ‘black’ and ‘male’ in America to the forefront. ‘Blackness’ ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept.”  Nicole Franklin, a Bloomfield College Communications Instructor, conducted a talk featuring the Little Brother relationship to adult males as part of the installations public program.–Scott H. Kaplan Gallery, Bloomfield College (NJ).

Little Brother:  The Street screened as part of “The Feminine Mystique:  Women Filmmakers Speak” during Creatively Speaking, March 15 and 17, 2013.  Panelists included filmmaker Stacey Muhammad and the family of Sean Bell.  –MIST Studios Harlem, NY.

Clips from the Little Brother series were shown on July 27, 2013 during “The Truth about Little Brother:  Filming and Revolutionalizing the Life Experience,” a co-presentation with Dr. Jeff Menzise at The Association of Black Psychologists’ national convention in New Orleans, LA.

Clips from the Little Brother series were shown on September 30, 2013 during “The Media, Social Identity, and The Tools You Can Use,” a co-presentation with Dr. Jeff Menzise at the 43rd Annual National Black Child Development Institute in New Orleans, LA.

On October 10, 2014 the screening of Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Fire Next Time introduced a Greenwich, CT audience to the series during the program titled “Looking at Love Through a Different Lens,” hosted by Dorothy Nins at The Greenwich YWCA.

Little Brother:  The Fire Next Time premiered at The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival on October 12, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY.

Little Brother:  The Street was the featured screening during LIU Brooklyn’s Urban Male Initiative (UMI) Life Class & Mixer featuring Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilman Jumaane Williams on January 29, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Fire Next Time kicked off the Black History Month celebration at The Chicago Professional School of Psychology (Los Angeles Campus), moderated by doctoral candidate Jarvis Sams on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The event was sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) Los Angeles Student Circle.

Little Brother:  The Fire Next Time screened as part of filmmaker Nicole Franklin’s presentation for “The Power of One” speaker series at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, NY, Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  A Do Right Man screened during the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) Student Circle Regional Conference at Howard University. The discussion was moderated by Jarvis Sams on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Little Brother:  The Fire Next Time screened at The 13th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival on May 3, 2014 in The Spike Lee Screening Room at LIU, Brooklyn, NY.

Little Brother:  The Fire Next Time was a feature presentation of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) national convention held in Indianapolis, IN on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The convention theme: “Our Family Reunion:  Promoting Optimal Health in Black Communities through African-Centered Psychology.” Moderator: Jarvis Sams.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screened at a Fisk University forum in Jubilee Hall with film consultant Dr. Raymond Winbush moderating on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Little Brother screened and participated in a Q&A as part of the Creative Dialogues on Race and Society series, February 11, 2015, Bloomfield College, NJ.

Little Brother screened and hosted a panel, “A Century of Black Life History and Culture” at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screens at CeeCee’s Film Salon, Calabar Imports, Brooklyn, NY, May 2015.

Little Brother:  Manchild in the Promised Land screened at the 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival hosted by the Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Brooklyn, NY, May 2015.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart and Little Brother:  The Street screened at the Bed-Stuy Brooklyn Microcinema Luminal Theater as part of Youth Power! LITTLE BROTHER/THE BICYCLE/theQUESTION. Chapters 1 and 2 screened twice on Saturday, August 29, 2015 as part of their inaugural season.

Little Brother:  Manchild in the Promised Land has its Tucson, AZ premiere on February, 29, 2016.  Sponsored by TEP, the Tucson Urban League presents this fifth chapter, filmed in Arizona, with a screening and panel featuring filmmaker Nicole Franklin, Arizona Heritage Tours and the Little Brothers of Tucson.

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart has its Encore Presentation with the Women of the African Diaspora Film Festival sponsored by The Brooklyn Links. This is their 15th Anniversary of their film festival at the Spike Lee Screening Room, LIU, Brooklyn, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:15pm. During this screening, the producers announced the first of the celebrity director line-up for the next Little Brother film chapters.