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Friday, October 25
 

6:00pm

Our Image Fest Opening Mixer

Our Image Film and Arts is a film, music, and theatre curator of positive works of art about and by underrepresented ethnic groups.  We promote and support the creation of non-stereotypical, honest, cutting-edge, thought-provoking depictions of Black communities, as well as other ethnic communities.  By providing a venue for film and art emphasizing this rich cultural diversity, we facilitate open, educational discussions amongst diverse populations.  Through these works of art and opportunities for dialogue, Our Image Film and Arts Organization brings cultures together and reminds us that our basic human struggles, needs, and desires are what binds all mankind. 


Friday October 25, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

7:15pm

Film – TEY (TODAY)
Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/67658154

Drama: He is a strong, healthy man, yet today is the last day of his life. Satché (played by musician, poet, writer and actor Saul Williams) recounts his past as he ambles through the familiar streets of his Senegalese home town for the last time. As if on a quest to leave his relationships in peace, he journeys from his parents’ house to his first love, to the friends of his youth, to his wife and children. Satché experiences his concluding moments full of fear, yet exuding serenity. Followed by a congregation of admirers, he weaves through the streets with an unwavering focus on his death foretold.

Meditative and exotic, French/Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ film tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth. It is a poetic and experimental narrative that prompts the audience to contemplate their own mortality.

Saul Williams is an acclaimed poet and musician. Most will likely recall Mr. Williams from his work in the 1998 award winning film Slam. His early success led to collaborations with Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, etc. Williams is a scholar, a cerebral street sermonizer, a breakout indie actor, a hip-hop alchemist, a rockstar, and a poet. Throughout all his ventures, Saul Williams has been one steady thing: an uncompromising voice determined to tap the adrenaline center of his existence with any tool he can get his hands on.

Friday October 25, 2013 7:15pm - 8:45pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

8:45pm

Saul Williams Audience Discussion/Q&A
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday October 25, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

9:45pm

Opening Night Reception with DJ Flash Gordon Parks
Friday October 25, 2013 9:45pm - Saturday October 26, 2013 12:00am
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

10:00pm

Performance - Live music from H.I.S.D.
Houston Press Music best hip-hop group award

Artists
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H.I.S.D.

Houston Press Music best hip-hop group award


Friday October 25, 2013 10:00pm - 10:30pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005
 
Saturday, October 26
 

10:00am

Doors Open Day 2
Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

11:15am

Festival Film Submission Winners Screenings
Limited Capacity seats available

* MESSAGE TO MY UNBORN, Joseph E. Elmore, Jr., Director

runtime 8:00 min

 

* NOT LIKE THE COMMERCIALS, Wyatt Cagle, Director

runtime 9:30 min

 

* COMFORT, Stacy V. Hart, Director

runtime 9:00 min

 

* FIRST DATE, Marcus Jones, Director

runtime 7:40 min

 

* HUMAN PEOPLE, Chris Cloud, Director

runtime 70 min


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:15am - 2:30pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

3:00pm

Panel - Looking Beyond What We Watch: A Frank Discussion of ‘Our Image’ in Today’s Hot Shows
Limited Capacity seats available

A frank discussion of ‘Our Image’ in today’s hot shows.

Listen in and join the discussion with our panelists.  Share your thoughts and experiences with fellow audience members.



Saturday October 26, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

4:30pm

THE TOMBS (29 min)
Limited Capacity seats available

Drama - A Brooklyn man's three-day journey through New York's infamous central booking jail system, infamously known as “The Tombs.”


Artists

Saturday October 26, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

4:30pm

Festival Curated Short FIlms
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday October 26, 2013 4:30pm - 6:00pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

5:05pm

SUNDAYS AT NOON (15 min)
Limited Capacity seats available

Drama – A teenaged girl and the father she did not grow up with try to become family.


Saturday October 26, 2013 5:05pm - 5:20pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

5:25pm

THUGS THE MUSICAL (26 min)
Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PUPUI5ElOs 

Satirical comedy – Thugs, The Musical is a hilarious “mockumentary” featuring performances by David Alan Grier and Margaret Cho. The short chronicles “non-urban” Black actor, Michael Gardner, his doomed musical production, and the misfit group of actors he’s assembled as his cast.  After years of auditioning, but not being considered “Black enough” to be cast in any of the stereotypical “gangsta” roles that his fellow Black actors have been getting Michael starts his own theater musical production with rather unexpected results.


Saturday October 26, 2013 5:25pm - 5:55pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

6:30pm

LET’S STAY TOGETHER (101 min)
Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GWnAgUtAZU

Romantic Comedy – Parker’s friends thinks he is crazy for believing that Al Green's new album will bring fractured families back together upon it's release. Parker is making a documentary about the difficulty African American families face in staying together, but he knows Al Green’s music can save them all.   The films provides an intimate, well-rounded view of several couples navigating pregnancy, commitment, communication and fatherhood. 


Saturday October 26, 2013 6:30pm - 8:11pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

8:15pm

DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO! (98 min)
Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ayiUJDJAc4

Satirical comedy - A smart satire with a wicked streak of goofball humor, DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO! has the feel of low-budget 1950s sci-fi, as leaders including W.E.B. DuBois and George Washington Carver kick off a secret plot to solve the “Negro Problem” by way of a rocket ship to Mars. Carrying a crew of three, the spacecraft vaults into a time warp, landing its brave scientists in a present-day Midwestern metropolis, where this comedy takes on the look of a reality show as the astonished adventurers discover unbelievable developments like young men with drooping pants and the election of a black president. 


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:15pm - 9:53pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

10:00pm

Closing reception with live music from Amira 3
Closing night reception/party with food, dancing, and live music from Amira3.

Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00pm - 11:55pm
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005