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27 Mar 2011

Scribe Video Center’s Week of Programming April 5-8; Focus on African Religion, the History of Blacks in Darby Township

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March 27, 2011 Category: Local Posted by:

Beginning Tuesday April 5-8, Scribe Video Center focuses on the religion, culture and experiences of the Black Diaspora featuring two films in addition to a Master Class taught by an Emmy nominated cinematographer.



On Tuesday April 5, 7PM at International House:

Explore African religion’s influence on Cuban culture. Scribe presents as part of its Producers’ Forum series When The Spirits Dance Mambo with Producer/Director of Photography Robert Shepard in person. The 90-minute documentary, directed by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, traces the role of sacred African thought and practices in the formation of Cuban society, culture and music.


The film is a tribute to the spiritual energy that traveled from West Africa to Cuba and New York . When the Spirits Dance Mambo was shot in Cuba and New York over a three month period. Presented in partnership with Film @ International House and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas. April 5, 7PM at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., $10, $8 for students and seniors, $5 for Scribe and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas. ( USA , 2002, 90 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles).


Master Class on Wednesday April 6, 7PM, with “Mambo” director Bobby Shepard at Scribe:

Master Class with Emmy-nominated cinematographer Robert Shepard, The Art of Documentary Style Cinematography. The art of documentary style cinematography includes the use of composition and camera movement, lighting and the control of contrast. This Master Class is designed for working professionals and film/video students, addressing their production needs and will explore lighting and setting up a documentary style interview and lighting for mise-en-scène style situations.


Mr. Shepard will also demonstrate how to create a key light for under fifty dollars. Robert Shepard, is one of today’s most respected cinematographers with over 200 documentary, dramatic, commercial, and sports films to his credit, as Director of Photography and a Producer, Mr. Shepard first earned praise for his camera work in Eyes on the Prize, the Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated PBS multi-part documentary on the civil rights movement. Since then, he has been Director of Photography or Producer for virtually every major documentary film series on television and multi-camera performance films of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ron K. Brown/Evidence, Philadanco, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Wednesday April 67PM to 9PM at Scribe Video Center , 4212 Chestnut St. , $25, $20 for Scribe members. Persons who register for the Master Class can attend the screening at International House on Tues 4/5 for free.


Friday April 8, 7PM at Scribe, History of Blacks in Darby Township:

Scribe’s Storyville Series screens the new work-in-progress documentary A Highway Runs Through It…: A Community History of Darby Township with director Valerie Harris in person. The film documents the history of African Americans in this once rural community on the outskirts of Philadelphia . Combining vintage photographs, historic and newspaper research, interviews with longtime residents, and a compelling narrative, this documentary traces the story of Darby Township’s African American community, from 18th century indentured servitude and post-civil war prosperity, through the Great Migration of the 1920s, to the redevelopment movement of the late 1950s and it’s impact on Darby Township today.


Valerie Harris is a writer, teacher and producer of literary – and now video – media. Since 1995, much of her work has been dedicated to assisting individuals in seeing themselves as active participants in the cultural landscape of their communities. In 2007, Valerie began her introduction to video production through workshops at Scribe Video Center, including Scriptwriting for Documentary; 14 week Production; 8-week Production; and Intermediate Editing.

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