Special guest appearance by famed slam poet Saul Williams
For four years now, Our Image Film and Arts has curated its Annual Film and Arts Festival, which recognizes some of the best Black independent local, national, and international film makers, artists and musicians currently working today. The festival will run from October 25 through 26 at the Rice Media Center on the Rice University Campus. Festival passes cost $30 in advance, with prices increasing closer to the opening.
This year’s impressive lineup opens on Friday October 25 at 7 p.m., with Saul Williams starring in the multi-award winning film TEY (Today). Most will likely recall Mr. Williams from his work in the 1998 award winning film Slam. In addition to showcasing his current project, an audience Q&A/Discussion with Mr. Williams will follow the screening.
Similar to last year’s sold-out festival, the weekend will be filled with a host of esteemed and award-winning short and feature films from Black artists both near and far. Additionally, attendees will enjoy opening and closing receptions including food, live music, dancing, and artwork. Featured reception performers to include H.I.S.D., Amira3, and Houston’s own DJ “Flash” Gordon Parks of Peace Uv Mine.
New to this year’s festival, the lineup will include a short film series, a section of Houston films selected by submission, a panel discussion, and highly acclaimed features from “up and coming” directors. Additionally, this year’s festival will include several of Houston’s top food trucks on site so that attendees can grab a bite to eat in between activities.
About Our Image Film and Arts
Our Image Film and Arts is a film, music, and theatre curator of positive works of art about and by underrepresented ethnic groups. We promote and support the creation of non-stereotypical, honest, cutting-edge, thought-provoking depictions of Black communities, as well as other ethnic communities. By providing a venue for film and art emphasizing this rich cultural diversity, we facilitate open, educational discussions amongst diverse populations. Through these works of art and opportunities for dialogue, Our Image Film and Arts Organization brings cultures together and reminds us that our basic human struggles, needs, and desires are what binds all mankind.
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