Monday, February 6, 2017

Points North Institute, Camden Opera House screen Academy nominated I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO as part of CIFF Selects

Camden, Maine – The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House will continue their monthly CIFF Selects with the award-winning documentary, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, on Wednesday, February 15th at 7 PM at the Camden Opera House. Recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and winner of over 11 international film and critic awards, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is the latest work by master filmmaker Raoul Peck.

Synopsis: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGO is about the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical,
up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to share this incredibly powerful, and timeless film with our audiences,” said Ben Fowlie, Executive Director of the Points North Institute. “Not only does it speak to our current moment, but it’s also a reminder of a voice that is as important today as it was over forty years ago.”

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced in the coming months. Screenings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except for March and October. Upcoming screenings dates include March 22, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 11 and November 15. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office. More information here: http://www.camdenoperahouse.com/

About the Points North Institute:

Established in 2016, the Points North Institute is a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers. Building on the success of the Camden International Film Festival, which is now entering its 13th season, the Points North Institute’s mission is to bring together a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub on the coast of Maine where new stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped. Programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a year-round calendar of artist development initiatives that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.


Founded in 2005 and recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing nearly 80 documentary films from around the globe each fall. Running concurrently with CIFF, the Points North Forum provides filmmakers and media artists with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration. Past industry participants include representatives from HBO, A&E, BBC,CNN, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.


The 2017 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place September 14 - 17 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. Major support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Office of Tourism. For more information please visit our website at http://www.pointsnorthinstitute.org.

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