UMFF Awards: "Digging for Weldon Irvine" Movie, Reece Odum, Jazz and Food

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Hilton Atlanta Northeast Hotel

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Norcross Room

Norcross, GA 30092

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Join the Urban Mediamakers as we close out the 2019 edition of the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival with the Content Creators Awards presented by BlackGwinnett Magazine. Event includes documentary feature film celebrating jazz - "Digging for Weldon Irvine" - networking, appetizers, beverages, music, honorees and the celebrities of the evening - UMFF 2019 Honorees, Winning Filmmakers, Actors and Writers.

  • Reception/Networking/Appetizers/Drinks - 6:00-6:30p

  • Documentary Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A - 6:30-8:45p

  • UMFF 2019 Awards - 8:45-10:00p

  1. Reece Odum, Urban Mediamakers Alumnea Award 2019

  2. UMFF 2019 Winning Script Writers

  3. UMFF 2019 Winning Film and Media Projects

  4. UMFF 2019 Audience Award Winners

Documentary Feature Film Screening - A Celebration of Jazz - "Digging for Weldon Irvine" directed by Victorious DeCosta – USA. Cast: Q Tip, Lenny White, Lalah Hathaway, Bernard Wright, Jessica Care Moore, Bobbito Garcia, Dj Spinna, Camille Yarbrough, Rich Medina and Sam Waymon.

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“What happens to a dream deferred?”

Langston Hughes’ cautionary prose has been the stimulus for some of the most important artistic offerings of the 20th century. Chiefly among them, the civil rights anthem “Young, Gifted and Black”, written by prolific musician-composer-playwright Weldon Irvine. In the wake of his untimely death, a focused, contemporary reflection upon his life reveals the astounding irony that Weldon Irvine would come to be one of music's most quintessential examples of Hughes’ examination. Digging For Weldon Irvine explores the enduring legacy of a man deeply vital to the culture of black freedom expression, yet is somehow overlooked within that very lexicon.

Director Victorious DeCosta brings befitting and timely examination to the life and legacy of Weldon Irvine, whose work drew appreciation from the likes of Freddie Hubbard and Nina Simone to Mos Def and Q-Tip. His bountiful and socio-culturally evocative work in music and theater was central to the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s; integral to the evolution of hip hop, from its inception through its golden era of consciousness and heavy jazz-laden sampling; and whose dedicated mentorship sparked a movement in his long-time residence of Jamaica/St. Albans, Queens, helping develop some of the most well-known figures in jazz today.

Through previously unreleased audio and music from Irvine, and exclusive interviews with those closely associated with the tortured artist professionally and personally, De Costa helps us understand the journey of an artist of moderate success yet monumental influence. Equally as important, how these two realities coexist, and why? Irvine, who wrote over 500 songs and over 50 plays, relentlessly strived to reinvent himself within an industry and a world that didn’t always reciprocate, understand or appreciate his voice. A hovering backdrop of generational burdens, toxic vices, and unapologetic blackness paint the complexities that sing an all too familiar refrain of the native sons' inability to fully escape the web of American fate. Yet, the resilience of Weldon Irvine's creative contribution remains a lovely, precious dream.

Written by Angelika Beener

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Director Biography - Victorious De Costa

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A first-generation New Yorker born of South/Central American parentage, Victorious De Costa has dedicated his life to providing social service locally and abroad. Victorious' life-long love for the arts and activism has taken him around the world where he learned the art of storytelling from different cultures as well as techniques to reach people in need. Victorious is a producer of Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, a documentary which will be released by HBO Films (via ABFF/Lightbox) in 2019. Digging for Weldon Irvine is his directorial debut.

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Hilton Atlanta Northeast Hotel

5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

Norcross Room

Norcross, GA 30092

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