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Soul Food Junkies: Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Byron Hurt at Newark Symphony Hall 02.27.2013

On February 27, 2013, Newark’s own and award-winning filmmaker, Byron Hurt, will present a community screening of his latest film: Soul Food Junkies. The film screening will take place at the Newark Symphony Hall (1020 Broad Street, Newark, NJ). The event is free with RSVP, and will also feature a discussion with filmmaker, activist and writer Byron Hurt and Baye Adofo-Wilson, Executive Director of the Lincoln park Coast Cultural District.

Soul Food Junkies – Film Summary

Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the upsides and downsides of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. The film Soul Food Junkies explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad. Soul food will also be used as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake.

The film includes both scenes and interviews in Newark, particularly with leaders from organizations such as the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and St. Philips Academy.

Come out and watch a thought-provoking film whose theme should not only resonate with Newarkers, but which also features local filmmaking talent and scenes.

RSVP via this link: http://www.forwardevernj.com/events

Byron Hurt – More than a Filmmaker

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer, and an anti-sexist activist. His most recent documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers. To date, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (BBR) has been selected to appear in more than 50 film festivals worldwide and The Chicago Tribune named it “one of the best documentary films in 2007.”

In addition to being a filmmaker, Hurt is a nationally respected activist. Since 1993, he has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about race and gender. His first film, I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America, is a 60-minute award-winning documentary that captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from over fifteen cities across the country. Hurt challenges audiences to interrogate the damaging effects of patriarchy, racism, and sexism in American culture.

Soul Food Junkies Trailer: http://vimeo.com/37075801

Soul Food Junkies Facebook: www.facebook.com/soulfoodjunkies

You can learn even more about Byron Hurt and Soul Food Junkies on the filmmaker’s website: http://www.bhurt.com/soulfoodjunkies.php

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