#Film&Friends Presents: The Black Broadway on U

May 25, 2016

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2439 18th St NW

Free

Please join The Lookout for our monthly installment of #FilmandFriends to network with creative directors, producers, and storytellers, and to see and discuss recent works by Emmy Award winning, DC-based filmmaker, Shellee Haynesworth.

Shellee will present her latest works from Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project, which sheds light on the social impact, historical and cultural influence of D.C.’s greater Black U Street/Shaw community once affectionately known as the “Black Broadway” (a phrase coined by the late entertainer, Pearl Bailey who jumpstarted her singing career on U Street) from the early 1900s to late 1950s.

Shellee Haynesworth has produced documentary and multicultural digital media projects for USAID, U.S. Department of Education, Smithsonian Institution, Gates Foundation, PBS, NBC, Black Entertainment Television, TV One, HBO/Time Warner, and King World Entertainment, among others.

Doors will open at 7, and the screening and discussion will start at 8pm. Look forward to seeing you then!

More about Black Broadway on U:
Through the use of digital media content and narratives, this multi-platform project connects today’s and future audiences to the “unsung” contributions of this prominent and pioneering Black Washington community’s entertainers, educators, civil rights activists, intellectuals, musicians and culturists, as well as their social impact on Black America and our nation’s historical landscape. This Transmedia experience represents several distinct, yet interconnected multi-platform (digital media and immersive) and interactive components to include: a 3-part documentary film series, an interactive website (that will house a “living, digital history book and virtual museum”) featuring immersive user experiences, historic maps, educational resources, oral histories and documentary shorts showcasing the backstories of the social impact and cultural legacy of this neighborhood; its trailblazers, iconic entertainers and landmark places), mobile apps, “pop-up” performances, community outreach events and symposiums, museum and cultural arts center as well as a significant social media engagement.

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