Screening Pics

We’re having  great run. Compiling some pics now for the new site, but here are a few from the Harlem screening and some of the flyers.

14352449_1183932765003908_5318586932835616742_o

 

 

14379948_1183932618337256_6687050511436492067_o-2

 

14435058_1183932695003915_8411712635109718179_o

 

16473198_1327468557316994_2734631781339445699_n

 

16836461_1341566442573872_3415094667197656969_o-2

 

17022121_10154093044601261_6412744848675209941_n

 

17098551_10158326313565261_9193670903115222285_n

Harlem International Film Fest Screening on 9-18-16 at 6pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
Contact: Michelle Gipson
Email: mrgipson@me.com

Contact: DaRelle Rollins
Email: darelle.rollins@gmail.com

Director PHILL BRANCH tackles name discrimination with SEARCHING FOR SHANIQUA
 
HBO Best Documentary winner at the 2016 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Fest to make its N.Y.C. debut

unspecified-12Harlem, NY (September 10, 2016) –  The Harlem International Film Festival will host the New York debut of SEARCHING FOR SHANIQUA at MIST Harlem on September 18th at 6pm. MIST Harlem is located at 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026.

Searching for Shaniqua examines the impact that unique, Afrocentric, Islamic and so-called “ghetto” names have on people’s lives. The film focuses on personal stories of several women and their relationships with their names. Scholars, teachers, corporate professionals also weigh in on the implications on having a name deemed “too black.”

Joining director PHILL BRANCH for the post-screening talkback will be cast members KHALIFAH SHABAZZ (City Attorney for East Orange, NJ) and SHANIQUA GOLDING (Writer, VIBE). Both have different and interesting perspectives on having names deemed to be “ghetto.”

The winner of the HBO Best Documentary Award at the 2016 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Searching for Shaniqua wowed the packed house and the Q&A lasted almost as long as the film. The film has also screened at the Bronzelens Festival (Atlanta) and is set to screen at the North Carolina Black Film Festival (Wilmington) this month.

Branch, an alumnus of the American Film Institute, was a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Fellow. He is a Lecturer in the English Department at Howard University and is a storyteller for D.C’s Story District. Prior to Howard, Phill served as an Assistant Professor of English at his undergraduate alma mater, Hampton University. A native of Newark, NJ, Phill currently lives in Baltimore.

Screening Date: September 18, 2016
Screening Time: 6pm
Screening Location: MIST Harlem
Admission: $13.50 or Festival Pass

This event is open to the public.

###
 
For additional information, please contact Michelle Gipson at (404) 755-4445 or DaRelle Rollins at (502) 594-0830

Links:
Website – www.searchingforshaniqua.com

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJsWdcbBD2k&feature=youtu.be

Media:

Mic – http://mic.com/articles/109524/your-name-says-more-about-you-than-you-think#.dvYNn1dRl

The Root – http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/11/phill_branch_s_film_searching_for_shaniqua_looks_at_black_names.html

Baltimore Sun – http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-raven-symone-20151030-story.html

 

Centric TV – Shaniqua

Got a mention on Centric’s site. Pretty cool. Centric would be a great partner for this film. Moving forward.Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 8.30.04 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 8.33.30 PM

Shaniqua in Mic

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 7.58.02 PM

 

As a gay black male writer who is the foster parent to two little girls, Branch, creator of the PuNanny Diaries, is personally invested in understanding this cultural phenomenon. Through dozens of interviews with people with culturally stigmatized names across America, Branch aims to make people think about how race and class in particular figure in the societal stigmas attached to them in Searching for Shaniqua.

READ MORE

A Shaniqua shout out from @HomeGirlBlog

Click the link to read the full post!

 

Shaniqua Q&A with The Root

Teaser Trailer

Here’s a first look at what we’ve done. Please share and if you like what you see, support the film on our Indiegogo page.

Shifting the Conversation about Black Cinema