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In Conversation With Cinematographer BRADFORD YOUNG at PhillyCam

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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What: In Conversation With Bradford Young, Cinematographer of RESTLESS CITY, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, MISSISSIPPI DAMNED and PARIAH

When: Wednesday April 11, 2012 | 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cost:Free and Open To The Public.  Seating Is Limited and is first come, first served.  Please RSVP at

Reelblack, in association with AFFRM and PhillyCAM, will host a special introduction to the work of Sundance Award-winning cinematographer BRADFORD YOUNG this Wednesday Aprill 11 from 6:30-8pm. Selections from his body of work will be screened--including clips from the AFFRM release RESTLESS CITY, which will open at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill on May 4.  To be followed by a Q&A moderated by Philly artist and filmmaker MAORI KARMAEL HOLMES (SCENE NOT HEARD). 

BRADFORD YOUNG (Cinematographer)

Bradford Young graduated from Howard University, where he studied under the tutelage of filmmaker Haile Gerima.

In addition to RESTLESS CITY, Young’s cinematography credits include Middle of Nowhere, Mississippi Damned, Entre Nos and Pariah, for which he earned the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s Excellence in Cinematography Award for U.S. Dramatic Competition. Middle of Nowhere won the Best Direction prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for writer/director (and AFFRM founder) Ava DuVernay.

Bradford was cited as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2009.


RESTLESS CITY (opening through AFFRM on May 4, 2012 at AMC/Loews Cherry Hill) tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is

his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Djibril is a young African immigrant whose life can only go upward. He has endured much travail by the time he arrives in New York. When he has lived in the City for a while, he begins to believe that he can achieve his dreams. He wants to be a musician, a pop star, and one- day return to Africa where his mother and father still toil for a meager living.

By day, Djibril sells merchandise on Canal Street for a small income that keeps him going, but he doesn't want to do this forever. He continuously seeks ways to succeed as a singer. He has made many acquaintances on Canal Street. One of them is Bekay, a complex man whom Djibril finds difficult to trust. Bekay is a shady character who sells bootlegged cds to Djibril to sell, and also runs a secret

brothel. It is in Bekay's brothel that Djibril sees the beautiful Trini for the first time.



Maori is a filmmaker, writer, curator, designer, and producer. She was the founding director of the Black Lily Film & Music Festival from 2006-2010. Her award-winning film/video work as a director, including the documentary Scene Not Heard, has been screened internationally at festivals, museums, and universities, as well as broadcast throughout the US and is distributed by Third World Newsreel and 7th Art Releasing. She has designed costumes for several films and stage productions including collaborations with directors James Avery and Carol Mitchell-Leon. She has taught filmmaking at Scribe Video Center, Temple University and Villanova University. Maori has written for a variety of publications including Philadelphia Weekly, Washington City Paper, Trace Magazine, and She is the recipient of grants from Leeway Foundation, Independence Media, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Women's Way. She received her MFA in Film at Temple University under the mentorship of director Michelle Parkerson and a BA in History from American University under the mentorship of Dr. Bernice Johnson-Reagon. Maori is currently the Associate Director at the Leeway Foundation and writes about film for as an official Film Insider and Creative Ambassador. She also co-curates the Kinowatt film series with Sara Zia Ebrahimi.





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When & Where

PhillyCAM Studios
699 Ranstead Street
(at 7th Street Between Market and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Reeblack Inc.

Reelblack/Syncopation is a full-service film and video production company dedicated to creating and promoting “good movies ’bout Black Folks.”  We curate a monthly screening series, host TV and radio shows and are a founding partner in ARRAY, the national film distribution collective founded by Ava DuVernay.

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