The Cape Verdean American Film Festival 2014, a film festival that aims to publicize Cape Verde and its film-makers, will take place this Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24 (Friday and Saturday), in Washington, D.C.
The event will be hosted by Emmy nominated actor Tim Reid, Michael Beach and Kelly Perine. The musical groups Mendes Brothers, and social activist Nuala Cabral will also be featured in this festival.
According to its website, www.cvaff.com , The CVAFF will showcase Independent Films from Cape Verde, Brazil and West Africa as well as American Films from all ethnicities. Believing that education is key, The CVAFF will also be home to all Cape Verdean Americans out there who come from mixed families, don’t speak the language (Kriolu) nor know that much about their own culture but wish to learn more. The CVAFF strives on being the home for all Cape Verdean filmmakers and artist looking to showcase their work to the masses. Along with Cape Verdean musical artist and special famous Cape Verdean Honoree’s we aim to target a wide audience of moviegoers.
Rashad Roulhac, the son of a Cape Verdean and an American, is the face of the festival. Rashad I. J. Roulhac has worked in the Film & Entertainment Industry for over 16 years. A graduate of the prestigious Valencia Film Program in Orlando, Fl Rashad has worked on countless Music Videos, Independent & Feature Films. After working in Los Angeles and Park City, Utah with The Slamdunk & The Sundance Film Festival Rashad returned to the East coast and has been working for ABCNEWS, “Good Morning America”.
The festival aims to be a forum for the meeting of the ” creators of the Seventh Art “. Is is also a space for showcases and seminars, with Professors, Special Guest Speakers and Female Film Directors, on the participation of WOMEN OF COLOR IN MEDIA. Discussion about empowering women will be led by Nuala Cabral, Marcy Depina, Lucy Coutiho, and Michelle Cruz.
CONTRACT, a 79-minute docudrama film explores aspects of the African Diaspora, history and culture that are not widely known or are normally overlooked in mainstream, popular and scholarly discourse. Directed By: Guenny K. Pires
PROUD TO BE CAPE VERDEAN is a documentary that captures the essence of the Cape Verdean culture in California through an insightful look at individuals and organizations and their desire to maintain their cultural identity. Directed By:Mike Costa
PERFECT DAY. From award-winning director Adam Rubin comes a timely and powerful short film about two seemingly ordinary strangers existing in the heart of “perfect” suburbia, fated to meet at a life-changing moment, both confronting the demons we all share.
For more information visit the Cape Verdean American Film Festival’s website: www.cvaff.com