Mende Film Festival

Mende Film Festival
October 14, 2015

Free to the Public Film Festival dedicated to Gullah Geechee, Education, Underground Railroad Journey to Fort Mose in St. Augustine Florida, the First Free Black  Settlement in the USA. The GGG  cooperatively acknowledges the importance of revealing truth in history, promoting Florida Tourism,  and supporting the Mission of the "St. Augustine 450th Commemoration which is to share with the nation and the world the important role St. Augustine played in the making of America and to tell the story of St. Augustine’s 450 years of rich multicultural history and enduring people through engaging programs”  and  “The 800 original settlers of St. Augustine included the first free blacks in the New World. They guarded the city from Fort Mose, suffered as slaves, rejoiced at the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, suffered again under Reconstruction, broke free using the Underground Railroad, studied in school under teaching by Sisters of St. Joseph and fought segregation and discrimination during the Civil Rights Movement.”  
Where:  Corazon Cinema Café, 36 Granada, St. Augustine, Florida 32084                      

When:  Thursday, October 29, 2015  10-9pm                                                                                      

10 am arrive  - seating, announcements, Introductions, etc.                                                                                                                                                                              

10:30 am -Florida Crossroads: Underground Railroad (30 mins.);                                                                                      

11:00 am-Language You Cry In (53 mins.);                                                                                                                    

12:00-1:00- Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters -Ring Shouting is a form of praying with singing, clapping and dancing

(Lunch – Gullah cuisine, vendors; traditional health remedies  (Hiawatha Cromer); Ring Shouters;)  

1:00 - 1:30      Basket making  Demo                                                                                                                                        

1:30 – 2:00        Quilt making Demo/Rice History                                                                                                                          

2:00 - 3:00          Bin Yah: There’s No Place Like Home (57 mins.)                                                                                                

3:00 – 4:00        Blacksmithing Demo                                                                                                                                                

4:00 –6:00         OPEN DISCUSSION re Mother Emanuel AME 9 Martyrs - Domestic Terrorism, Hate Crime, Geechee ties. Close Out / Break down; back home plan; Ring Shouters  FILM:  “Stay in da Boat” (27 mins.) – plus other health remedies  resource speaker and film Iya (mother) Amy Olatunji, film "straight to the point" (may include other cultural entertainment)  

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  – films, demos, SOCIAL TIME/MEET & GREET                                                                                        

6:00 – 6:09:  Child Singer – Negro Anthem  

6:10 – 7:40;  Juan Garriado  - Portrayed by James Bullock;

7:45 – 7:55 Griffin Lotson (discuss corridor from commission standpoint);

8 – 8:15  I Y A  Amy Olatunj –Straight to the Point (video/or in person);

8:15 – 8:30 Jesse Gantt, Heir property – preserving Gullah Geechee Land;

8:30 – 8:45 . Gullah Street Vendors .  film clip from Ebony Pearls.                                                                                                                                              

NOTE:  above schedule pending weather includes outdoor area behind theater w related art, craft, & food vendors & entertainers.  Please understand that the Corazon Cinema  food and products are for sale inside the Cinema and purchased separately.  It will be up to individual vendors to accept credit/debit cards for purchases.  Please bring Cash so you don’t miss out supporting  cash only small business vendors.    

Contacts: Ex. Dir., Sherry A. Suttles, 954-668-1518  Asst. Dir. Derek Hankerson,  904 377-3465   Producer, Kamau,  (for indepen. film submit)  Culture Art Advocate & Promoter, Trish Jones, 904 287 0813 –  Karla, Owner/Corazon  904 679 5736 -