Filmmakers, Photographers and Artisans Are Part of Dynamic Multimedia Event on Sept. 22-25 in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON (Aug. 11, 2005)–National Geographic will celebrate the work of indigenous and under-represented minority-culture filmmakers and photographers from around the world at its second annual All Roads Film Festival, to be held Sept. 22-25 at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles and Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
A dynamic four-day multimedia event in each market, the 2005 All Roads Film Festival will feature four evening film programs, complemented by a live musical performance by the Latin/reggae and techno-tinged Sidestepper, and panel discussions with select filmmakers, photographers and artists. The festival will also include a photography exhibition and art market, featuring jewelry, textiles and crafts from a variety of countries.
“Indigenous and under-represented filmmakers can have difficulty breaking into mainstream media, but often they have the most interesting stories to tell,” said Mark Bauman, director of the All Roads Film Festival. “Our goal is to provide these filmmakers the link that connects them with members of the film industry and makes their films more accessible to the viewing public. In the past year alone, many of our featured filmmakers and seed grant winners have achieved a tremendous amount of recognition, from national broadcast placement to major award nominations. This year we hope to build on last year’s success by fostering new bonds with the indigenous and greater film communities, nurturing young talent and creating film programs that appeal to people of all backgrounds.”
Films chosen for the festival are evaluated by the All Roads film selection committee, a working group of the All Roads advisory board, featuring leaders in the indigenous, film and larger creative community, as well as representatives of National Geographic.
The festival will present a full schedule of short- and long-form features, documentaries, animated works and music videos, representing cultures from Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Palestine, Philippines, South Africa, Tibet, United States, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Special programs include “Women Hold Up Half the Sky,” a focus on women filmmakers, and “A Short Trip Around the World,” an eclectic survey of short films.
The festival will include the world premiere of its seed grant recipients Emma Kaye and Eric Oldrin’s South African film “Beyond Freedom.” Also featured will be the U.S. premiere of the Maori documentary “Passion and Conflict (Te Aurere me te Papaa)” and the Maori short “Kerosene Creek.” Making their debuts in both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., will be “Planet of the Arabs,” “Arabs A-Go-Go,” “Teachings of the Tree People,” “The Hunter,” “Green Bush,” “Plains Empty,” “Steve Ma’I’i,” “Suckerfish,” “God on Our Side” and “Kare Kare Zvako: Mother’s Day.”
The All Roads Photography Program will exhibit the works of four photographers at this year’s festival. They are Mexican Marcela Taboada, Brazilian Andre Cyprianol, Indian Sudharak Olwe and South Africa’s Neo Ntsoma. Each was nominated for the All Roads Photography Program based on their documentation of their native cultures and communities and selected by a preeminent group of editors and photographers within the industry. The 2005 All Roads Photography Program is sponsored by Manfrotto, with equipment donations from Olympus, LowePro and Epson.
The Autry National Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian have partnered with National Geographic to present American Indian speakers for the festival’s panel discussions and artisans for its art markets in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The Los Angeles art market will feature American Indian crafts; the Washington, D.C., market will include crafts from around the world. The American Cinematheque continues its relationship with National Geographic to bring the festival to the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. WAMU-AM is a sponsor of the festival in Washington, D.C. The All Roads Film Festival will also have an online presence on indieWIRE.
The All Roads Film Festival is part of the All Roads Film Project, a National Geographic initiative to provide a global platform for indigenous and under-represented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their talents and teach a broader audience about their cultures. In addition to providing a venue for their films, All Roads offers its filmmakers and photographers a series of networking opportunities with leaders of the film and photographic community. The All Roads Film Project rewards up to 10 seed grants a year to support the development and production of film and video projects by and about the indigenous and under-represented minority-culture film community. Seed grant recipients are considered for inclusion in the All Roads Film Festival and other National Geographic affiliated broadcast venues. The All Roads Photography Program awards winning photographers with seed money, cameras and photography equipment to assist with their fieldwork.
About National Geographic
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. It reaches more than 300 million people worldwide each month through its five magazines, the National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, films, books, videos and DVDs, maps and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information about the Society, log on to nationalgeographic.com, AOL Keyword: NatGeo.
About the American Cinematheque
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. www.americancinematheque.com or www.egyptiantheatre.com
About the Autry National Center
The Autry National Center is a multicultural history center that includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage) and the Institute for the Study of the American West. Each institution maintains its individual identity; however, the convergence of resources allows us to expand our understanding of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inform our shared future. The Autry National Center’s executive offices are located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
About the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The museum includes the recently opened National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall; the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in lower Manhattan; and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Md. With the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian comprises 18 museums and galleries and the National Zoo. For more information: www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.
Information about the All Roads Film Project is available on the Web at nationalgeographic.com/allroads, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (202) 857-7660.