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Community Folk Art Center hosts film festival, R&B concert

Events part of CFAC's 40th anniversary

Jan. 26, 2012, by Rob Enslin

A collage of Caribbean movie posters
A collage of Caribbean movie posters
The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), a program of the Department of African American Studies in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is presenting a series of events in February, as part of CFAC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. They include the Caribbean Cinematic Festival, running Feb. 9-12, and “Love Lounge,” a concert by Jamel (“Mr. R&B Singer”) Lorick, on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. All events take place at CFAC (805 East Genesee St.), and are open to the public.

Single-entry tickets for the Caribbean Cinematic Festival are $3 for students (with ID) and $5 for the general public. Some material may not be suitable for children. “Love Lounge” is $2 for students (with ID) and $5 for the general public. For more information, call 315-442-2230.

The Caribbean Cinematic Festival highlights eight feature and short films focusing on the infusion of Caribbean culture into the United States and United Kingdom. The films will be preceded by food and refreshments, and will be followed by talkbacks and Tweeting with filmmakers, SU professors, and community leaders.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 9
Theme: Caribbean Diaspora in the United Kingdom
Film: “The Story of Lover’s Rock” (6 p.m.), followed by a talkback and reggae dance party

Friday, Feb. 10
Theme: Current Social Issues About Sexuality
Films: “Children of God” (6 p.m.), as well as the double-header, “The Almighty Penis” and “The Power of the Vagina” (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 11
Theme: Historical Films
Films: “Fire in Babylon” (11 a.m.), “Fire Rasta” (1:30 p.m.), and “Egalite for All” (4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 12
Theme: Music
Film: “La Salsa Cubana” (Noon), followed by Salsa dancing
Jamel ("Mr. R&B Singer") Lorick
Jamel ("Mr. R&B Singer") Lorick
The “Love Lounge” concert features Lorick, a local singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. The show is part of The Third Thursday (Th3), a citywide series devoted to the creative arts, and CFAC's “A Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora” series. The latter is hosted by Richard Dubin, professor of practice in the Newhouse School and an accomplished writer, producer, director.

CFAC is a vibrant cultural and artistic hub committed to the promotion and development of artists of the African Diaspora. The mission of the center is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching, and interpreting the visual and performing arts. Public programming includes exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops, and courses in the studio, performing, and expressive arts.