On Tuesday, January 10, 5:30 PM at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street , Scribe Video Center will host a fundraiser reception to support the organization’s community media work, celebrate an exciting new season of programming and also host a very special film about an extraordinary artist and cultural worker, Harry Belafonte. Immediately following the reception will be the screening of director Susanne Rostock’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection documentary Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song ( USA , 2011, 104 min).
The film’s director, Susanne Rostock, and editor Jason Pollard will be at the Scribe fundraiser and will host a post screening discussion. Pollard will also teach a Master Class, the Art and Craft of Editing, the following evening, January 11, at 7 PM at Scribe, 4212 Chestnut Street . The fee to attend the fundraiser reception and to see the documentary is $35. For those who wish to attend the screening only, admission is $10. See combo package and a la carte prices below.
Sing Your Song surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte from his rise to fame as a singer, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his extraordinary work in Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social-justice movements. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist, who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa , and took action to counter gang violence, the rise of the prison industry, and the incarceration of youth. Because of his beliefs, Belafonte drew unwarranted invasions by the FBI into both his personal life and career, which led to years of struggle.
But an indomitable sense of optimism motivates his path even today as he continues to ask, at 84, “What do we do now?” His example may very well inspire you to action. ( USA , 2011, 104 min) Tuesday January 10, at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. , Philadelphia , PA. Reception and screening is $35. To attend screening only $10, $8 for students/seniors, $5 for Scribe member.