Honorary Oscar Winner, Film Director Charles Burnett Guest Speaker/ Film Screening at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters' FilmFeast November 18

Top Quote Film Director/Writer Charles Burnett, who will receive an Honorary Oscar for his lifetime of work, will be the guest speaker in Dallas at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters' 24-Hour FilmFeast, Nov. 18, 2017. Three of Mr. Burnett's films will be screened and he will participate in an audience talk-back following the last showing. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 01, 2017 - DALLAS, Tx - Legendary Writer/Film Director Charles Burnett will be the featured guest at the 24-Hour FilmFeast, at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 18, 2017 at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 1309 Canton Street., Dallas, Texas, 75201.

    Three of Mr. Burnett’s films will be screened between 12:15 and 4:20 p.m. The award-winning director will be on hand to share his knowledge and experience in a one-on-one audience talk back following the last film screening.

    “I see myself as a person who makes films about people, their conflicts, their conditions, their failures and successes, the things that resonate — things that seem simple, but have universal meaning. To share experiences — that's what art is for,” said Burnett, who was born in Mississippi but grew up in the Watts section of Los Angeles.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor Mr. Burnett and three others with its 2017 Governors Awards, at a gala on November 12 in Los Angeles. The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy,” AMPAS has said.

    12:15 - 12:30pm – “WHEN IT RAINS”
    A musician spends New Year's Day trying to help his friend pay the rent.1995. 13 Minutes.

    12:30-2:20pm – “ANNIHILATION OF FISH”
    This off-beat comic romance, starring James Earl Jones and Lynn Redgrave, is about unlikely lovers living in a Los Angeles rooming house. 1999. 108 Minutes.

    2:30-4:20pm – “THE GLASS SHIELD”
    J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the first female officer to work there, who also suffers similar discrimination in the otherwise all-white-male work environment. When J.J. becomes increasingly aware of police corruption during the murder trial of Teddy Woods, who he helped to arrest, he faces difficult decisions and puts himself into great personal danger in the service of justice. 1994. 109 Minutes.

    In 1997, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival honored Mr. Burnett with a retrospective, Witnessing For Everyday Heroes. Burnett has been awarded grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the J. P. Getty Foundation, as well as a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a. “the genius grant”). He also is the winner of the American Film Institute’s Maya Deren Award, and one of the very few people ever to be honored with Howard University’s Paul Robeson Award for Achievement in Cinema.

    “We’re honored to have Charles Burnett available to have an intimate conversation with our audience,” said Curtis King, TBAAL Founder and President. “His films, such as ‘The Glass Shield,’ are timeless and the subject matter resonates today as Black Americans are still confronting racial tensions with law enforcement.”

    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through TBAAL Box Office at 214-743-2400, Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. For more program information, visit www.tbaal.org.

    Celebrating 41 seasons,The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc. (TBAAL) is a Dallas, TX-based not-for-profit multi-disciplined arts institution. TBAAL’s mission is to create and enhance an awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural, and aesthetic differences utilizing the framework of African-American Arts and Letters and to promote, foster, cultivate, perpetuate and preserve the Arts and Letters of the African, Caribbean and African-American experience in the Fine, Literary, Visual, Performing and Cinematic Arts.

    The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. 2017-2018 41st Season programs are supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, CBS-11/TXA-21, Urban Radio-Dallas, Evans Engraving and Toyota. Media partners: The Dallas Weekly, The Downtown Business News, I-MessengerNews.com, The Garland Journal, Texas Metro News, DFWBam.com, Dallas Black Business Directory, Dallas Gospel Connection, The Dallas Examiner, The Post Tribune, The North Dallas Gazette, Southern Dallas Business & Living Magazine and Tarrant County Commercial Record.

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