We hope that you and those close to you are safe during this time. The SSU Indie Film Fest will be holding their 6th annual film festival digitally on May 6t and 7th via SSU Indie Film Festival Facebook page and from our Youtube Channel. A live festival will be scheduled at a later date for the fall.
People can follow the SSU Indie Film Festival Facebook page here https://bit.ly/2UDH9yd and the YouTube page here https://bit.ly/3bRXfu9. The livestream will start on both pages on May 6th and 7th at 7pm and following the screenings on Thursday there will be the awards ceremony. Each category will honor its winner: drama, documentary, comedy, horror, sci-fi, and music video.
During the festival viewers will see a trailer for the documentary film ‘SEED’. The documentary is by Emmy award-winning Atlanta filmmaker Malena Cunningham Anderson is about one man’s journey to grow food, people and community through urban farming.
“We are very excited to bring this documentary here to Savannah. With there being a focus right here at home on urban gardening and how they can bring communities together, this subject is very timely,” said Kareem McMichael, co-director of the SSU Indie Film Festival.
The documentary will be screened at the live festival in the fall. Following the screening of the award-winning documentary will be a panel discussion with the filmmaker’s producer Malena Cunningham Anderson, director of photography and editor Mario Eugene Page, and composer and music director Robbie Cunningham.
The documentary was selected for screening at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta (August, 2017) where it won Best Documentary. The film was also selected for screening at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville (October, 2017). The documentary also won a Silver Award at the Spotlight Film Festival (December, 2017). In 2018, the film received an Honorable Mention for Best Alabama Documentary at the Sidewalk Film Festival.
SSU Indie Film Fest’s goal, according to co-founder Prof. Tracey Haynes, “is to create a platform for artists to showcase their talents.” As noted on the website, many filmmakers have received notoriety that started at independent film festivals like Spike Lee, Lars Von Trier, Ryan Coogler, and Jane Campion to name a few.
Savannah State University department of Journalism and Mass Communication has a concentration program in journalism, public relations & strategic communication, or multimedia & digital communication leading to baccalaureate degree (B.A.). It is one of two Universities in the state of Georgia with a journalism program accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university's 4,100 students select majors from 30 undergraduate and six graduate programs in four colleges ‐ Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Sciences and Technology, and Education.
Listen to the interview here https://bit.ly/2Q36lfr. Tracy Haynes and Kareem McMichael (Karmac) was on Savannah on Film on December 21, 2019 with host Ed Ciucevich talking about the SSU Indie Film Fest.
The SSU Indie Film Fest is preparing for the 6th Festival in April 2020. Prior to that the festival is planning to host a series of workshops leading up to the festival. Kareem McMichael, co-director of the festival talked about it on WTOC Mid-Monring Live
You can see M’Baku From the Mountains will be presented on September 8, 2019 at 6pm at the Student Union Ballroom at Savannah State University. The film is produced by Andre’ L. Johnson and the director of photography is Shantez Herrington.
In 2018 Andre' L. Johnson was inspired by the hit film Black Panther to write a fan film prequel based on the character M'Baku and why he came to Challenge Day. After a year of planning and filming he is now ready to present the film to the world. The film is a collaboration of many in the local film industry in Savannah, GA including students and alum from each of the local colleges.
The premiere showing of the Black Panther Fan Film, M'Baku From the Mountains will be a fun red-carpet evening (formal attire required), screening of the movie, Q&A with the cast and crew, food, music and more.
The red carpet and networking will be from 6pm to 7:45pm and the film screening will start at 8pm. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/30jj7sH. For more information about the film contact Andre L. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more info about the SSU Indie Film Fest at http://ssuindiefilmfest.weebly.com/ or contact Kareem McMichael or Tracy Haynes, co-coordinator and festival director, at 912-358-3352 or email: email@example.com and follow on social media, Facebook: SSU Indie Film Fest @ssufilmfest and Twitter and Instagram @ssu_indf.
Directions to Student Union: Once you enter on to Savannah States campus from La Roche Dr you can ask directions from the security officer to get to the Student Union. To get there yourself just head straight as soon as you leave the security officer check point, the road you are on is North Tompkins Rd. Take that road all the way down till you get to a three way stop and make a right. Once you make the right up ahead you will see the Tiger Arena to your right. Pass the Arena and the next building is the Student Union where the event will be held up stairs. There is parking right next to the building.
Trevante Rhodes is an American actor, whom started his career in independent films. Following graduation, Rhodes started working as an actor. Trevante Rhodes appeared in a short film, I Came Back, and two movies, Song to Song and Open Windows. He won several accolades and recognitions. Including his Independent Sprit Robert Altman Award (2017), as well as, the Online Film and Television Association Award (2017).
In 2016, Rhodes performance in the independent film, Moonlight, highlighted his career as he rose internationally. He played the lead role in the film, as a guy struggling to deal with his gender identity, sexual orientation, as well as, physical abuse. This independent film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and was the first LGBTQ film with an all-black cast.
Trevante Rhodes starred in the action film, The Predator (2018), the thriller film, Bird Box (2018) and the drama movie, 12 Strong (2018). Rhodes appeared in Jay-Z’s music video, Family Feud and was featured in a Calving Klein underwear campaign with the Moonlight cast. Trevante Rhodes also starred in the movies, Burning Sands and Smartass.
Rhodes was also part of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Savannah State University hopes to bring the same kind of exposure to the independent filmmakers, producers, directors, and media creatives. The Indie Film Festival highlights categories such as: Music Video, Horror/Sci-Fi, Comedy, Documentary and Drama. Just like Trevante Rhodes, you can get anywhere from here.
Indie Film Festivals are gateways for directors to be put into the position to become who they aspire to be. Savannah State University located in Savannah, GA has put on an Indie Film Festival for the past five years, making this year the fifth. It is our goal to make this a start to the diverse directing community around us. The event will take place across SSU's campus and in downtown Savannah, April 16-18 - watch this space for details.
What was the biggest blockbuster of 2018? How about if I proposed the question as, what was the top grossing movie of 2018? Money gets the mind thinking. If you guessed Marvel’s Black Panther, you deserve a prize. Do you know who the director of this film is? The man with the plan behind it all? How about where did he get his start? That man is Ryan Coogler and he got his start in Indie Film Festivals.
Cooglers’ first film Locks was entered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. He has gone on to make other blockbusters aside from Marvels Black Panther. Fruitvale Station, the story of a 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant. As well as Creed, which is a spin-off-sequel of the Rocky films.
Out of all of the questions asked, our most important question to you is, “What’s your story?” Savannah State University’s motto, “You Can Get Anywhere from Here” is what we stand firmly on. We are ready to hear your story.
On the whim of his first Oscar, film director Spike Lee is no stranger to independent film. As I was just entering middle school, his independent film, “She’s Gotta Have It," debuted. While I did not really understand how much power and confidence Nola Darling (the female lead) really possessed in the film at that time - I was still trying to get over the fact that it was in black and white - today, as a woman who sees and experiences the judgment placed on women everyday for being “to sexual” or “to confident” Darling has qualities I think every modern women wishes to embody.
The 1986 indie film “She’s Gotta Have It” takes us on a journey following the ever so confident, Nola Darling, a graphic designer living in Brooklyn who decides to date three men, because she can not choose one. In today’s time, that is more common among women now, than it was in 1986, but how women are judged by men for choosing to do so has not. In middle school it was a movie I was forced to watch, but now that I'm in college, it is a movie that made me realize how ahead of his time Spike Lee really is, to create a character 32 years ago that represents the modern woman.
Nola Darlings' character is the outcome of women who are told they cannot to express their erotic being, and a race who was not allowed sexual expression. She is unabashedly open and frank about her relationships. The decision to share herself, physically and emotionally with three men, and be so unashamed about her polyamory was if anything but controversial, then notable at the very least. In middle school this movie seemed out of my reach, there was nothing I could relate to, or any significance that I could seem to grasp. Today, I see some of myself in Nola, a black woman trying to find her way in life and achieve what she knows is possible.
Spike Lee was ahead of his time and addressed issues that is now at the forefront of every campaign, hashtag and slogan. Movements like ‘Me Too’, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Times Up’ can be reflected in this coming of age film that is a testament to what independent films can be and what their creators can become.
Hollywood, California isn’t the only Hollywood that can produce and make movies. Savannah, Georgia can be called "South Hollywood" because of its history of filming, producing, and having A-List actors be apart of the movies shot in this beautiful location. There are some movies made in Savannah, Georgia that have been nominated for or have won an Oscar.
Here are the movies that had participated:
Glory which was filmed in Savannah GA, had arguably one of the greatest actors in the world, Denzel Washington, who had also had won an Oscar of best supporting actor
Three Faces of Eve which had starred JoAnn Woodward, this movie was also filmed in Savannah, GA and she had took home a Oscar for best female lead role
Forrest Gump, which everybody should know this movie, and of course it was filmed in Savannah, GA and starred Tom Hanks who had also won an Oscar for best male actor in a leading role
Savannah also offers movie festivals hosted by colleges like SCAD and universities like Savannah State. Young students are able to produce and make their own type of films and can also be nominated and win an awards for their artworks.
Savannah, Georgia has a lot to offer when it comes to making movies, the beautiful scenery of Savannah can be a perfect location and it’s a great place for upcoming artist to make their mark on the film Industries