This documentary film festival & music conference is for creatively inspired individuals interested in learning, developing and sharing ideas to coincide with new millennium strategies about how to thrive within the new film, video and music industries as it relates to their ever-evolving ecosystems. This is the golden age for real creators utilizing and integrating technology to produce various intellectual content as well as sustain a living. We will have informative and enlightening panels and workshops with a spotlight on inspiring documentary films. This is a conference for everyone!
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Held in the vibrant and creative backdrop of the Southwest Arts Center, FJK Documentary Film Festival & Music Conference brings together cultured audiences, artists and influential documentary films.
Built from experience and community partnerships, this film festival + music conference presents a unique program of proactive dialogue, networking and documentary films. Our panels/workshops sessions incorporating music, film, videos and technology are presented with the intention of advancing your knowledge of today’s landscape and providing an opportunity to network with our panelists in an environment with other educational and inspiring activities throughout the conference:
11:00am – 11:45am – D.I.Y. Film Making: Change The World By Making Your Own Movies
12:00pm – 1:45pm – Raising Funding and Making Money With Your Film or Music Project
2:00pm -3:45pm -Selecting The Best Platforms To Distribute Your Film Or Music Project
Four exciting music documentaries have been selected:
DESCRIPTION: For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, “brotherhood” is literal: they’re all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend, Phil Cohran. Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago’s South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass horns to the sky, they make music that is at once indescribably joyful, unremittingly exciting, and undeniably together. But as the brothers try to make their own way in the wide world-while playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def, playing with Prince or wowing a jazz festival-they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested. They must decide whether his principles really are their own.
4:00pm – Brothers Hypnotic (1hr 24min)
DESCRIPTION: This film is the story of a cultural legend as told by the innovators of an important, and in some cases overlooked, era in Black culture. Spanning the late 1980′s through to the early 2000′s, this story goes deep into the fabric of soul music, it’s definitions, it’s pioneers, it’s offspring, it’s movements, the challenges with the “mainstream” industry as well as the evolution of the FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, a music and artistic renaissance movement born out of Atlanta’s diverse musical and cultural arts heritage. The film covers the decade when Atlanta’s underground music scene became established on the world stage and a new generation of soul singers and musicians emerged. FunkJazz Kafé:Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) also explores the question of how we got to live soul bands being non-existing in the commercial music landscape of the 21st century when there once was a plethora of soul and R&B bands since the creation of recorded music. Appearances by: Cornel West, Dick Gregory, Dallas Austin, Erykah Badu, Caron Wheeler, Larry Mizell, Joi Gilliam, George Clinton, Cee Lo Green, Jill Scott, Roy Ayers, Jamie Foxx, Raphael Saadiq, Lil John Roberts, Goodie Mob, Doug E, Fresh, Janelle Monae, Meshell NdegeOcello, Omar Lye-Fook, MC Lyte, Talib Kweli, Common, Jamal Ahmad, Anthony David, Ray Murray, Andre 3000, N’Dea Davenport, Algebra Blessett, LeRonde Williams, Kevin Powell, Loose Ends, Bilal, Dionne Farris, Van Hunt, Eic Roberson, Donnie, Bone Crusher, Sticman of Dead Prez, DJ Kemit and Speech of Arrested Development.
5:45pm – FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade [The Story Of a Movement] (2 hrs)
DESCRIPTION: Jazz music legend, Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a one of a kind musician, personality, activist and windmill-slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices – did not relent.
7:45pm – The Case Of The Three Sided Dream (1 hr 28 min)
DESCRIPTION: Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life (1938 – 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. With his audacious music and a great deal of courage, Fela Kuti helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, promoted Pan Africanist politics to the entire world and became an inspiration in the global fight for the rights of all oppressed people.
9:30pm – Finding Fela (1 hr 59min)
Add to that Marketplace Exhibitors and Music all day
TRAVEL & LODGING:
Here’s a list hotels nearest to Southwest Arts Center:
Hotel Indigo - 7 miles
Hilton Atlanta (Airport) - 8 miles
Renaissance (Airport) – 8 miles
Airport Marriott – 8 miles
- Full Day Pass = $40 in advance/$50 day of event (allows admission into all panels and films screenings)
- Individual Movie (In advance) per film = $15
- Individual Panel/Workshop (In advance) = FREE (Must RSVP through Eventbrite Tickets below)
- Day of the event per film screening= $20
- Students free with student I.D.