Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps:
In celebration of Black History month, Kevin Epps returns to curate and host films by local filmmakers in de Young museum’s Koret Auditorium.
Which Way is Up (1977, 94 min) with Kevin Epps | Saturday, February 4
Film at 3:30 p.m., followed by Q&A with screenwriter Cecil Brown
Richard Pryor plays a landmark role—actually, three roles—in this comedy, which has gained cult status among Pryor fans. Orange-picker Leroy Jones finds himself fired from his job and alienated from his friends and family as a result of accidentally joining a union strike.
What’s Going on (2006, 100 min) with Kevin Epps | Sunday, February 19
Film at 2:00 p.m., followed by Q&A with Kevin Epps and special guest
One of the greatest legacies in American music is examined through interviews and archival footage. Gaye has endured as “an astounding artist, an inspiring poet, a man whose fabulous talents and all-too-human flaws worked together for the sake of song (David Ritz, PBS.org).
The Black Rock (2009, 50 min) with Kevin Epps | 8.12.2011 7:00 p.m.
Black August(2007, 116 min) with Samm Styles | 8.13.2011, 1:00 p.m.
Confessions of a Burning Man with Paul Barnett | 8.20.2011, 1:00 p.m.
Flags, Feathers, and Lies(2010, 120 min) | 8.28.2011, 1:00 p.m.
You Don’t Know Jack (2009, 60 min) | 9.10.2011, 1:00 p.m.
FAM BAM world premiere | Koret Auditorium
November 25 , 7:00 p.m.
Artist Fellow Salons | Kimball Gallery
7/29, 8/12, 8/26, 9/9, 9/30, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Performances, live art, and film hosted by African American Art and Culture Complex.
For more information, visit the Events page
KEVIN EPPS is a community activist and award-winning filmmaker. He honed his skills by working on public access shows, and taking classes at the Film Arts Foundation. In 2002, his documentary, “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point”, won local and national acclaim and launched him into the spotlight for his independent filmwork. In 2006, he premiered “Rap Dreams”, a documentary chronicle of the big-time dreams of underground Bay Area rappers. His latest hit, “The Black Rock aka Black Alcatraz” (2009), captured the untold story of the black prisoners at Alcatraz Prison, which premiered at the world famous Alcatraz to a packed house. His other most recent work ranges from gun violence, in the 2008 piece titled “Popped In Oakland” won the Telly Award, and can be seen nationwide on Current TV.
Epps is a member of the (DMAC) Digital Media Advisory Council. He devotes his free time to showcasing and curating film projects at public, private, educational and community art spaces; He passionately advocates for access to film and media technology for underserved communities. Epps is a board member for the San Francisco Black Film Festival and Conscious Youth Media Crew. He has collaborated with established entities like Google, Yahoo, Discovery Channel, Current TV, City of Richmond, National Park Service, University of San Francisco, Boys and Girls Club and other well-known organizations. Epps currently has several projects in the works and looks forward to shooting his first feature film this summer.
FAM BAM is a short documentary that provides a critical look into the Black Family structure. It will delve into the many layers of how this structure helped us survive slavery, jim crow laws and the crack era. Our complex family structure is beautifully unique and deserves to be documented in a manner that heals our community, celebrates our diversity, and teaches others about the depths of our complexities. The story will be told through the use of video, archival footage, still photos, audio, text, cartoon/animation and use of sculptures.
The AFRICAN AMERICAN ART AND CULTURE COMPLEX (AAACC) is a community based, 501(c)3 arts and cultural organization. Our mission is to empower our community through Afro-centric artistic and cultural expression, mediums, education and programming.
Since 1989, we have been dedicated to inspiring children and youth to serve as agents of change, cultivating their leadership skills and fostering a commitment to community service and activism. Located in the heart of San Francisco – in the city’s historic Jazz Preservation District – our facility encompasses 30,000 square feet of community arts space. It includes a 203-seat theatre, an art gallery, several unique meeting spaces, dance studios, a recording studio, a multi-use space and a large parking lot. In addition, we encourage, support and promote the work of young, aspiring Bay Area artists. We also strive to develop partnerships with organizations that are similarly committed to our mission, and offer our space to the community for special events.