Somerville plans Haitian Film & Video Event

The Somerville Arts Council has issued a call to the Haitian community for entries for an event "An Evening of Haitian Film & Video to be held on Feb. 4, 2010 in Union Square.

The event will include over an hour of short documentaries or narrative fiction, and excerpts from longer films and tv shows. The focus of the films/videos and discussion will be the role of media -- radio (the "Agronomist"), film ("Secondhand Pepe") and TV (excerpts from local shows) as it relates to Haiti and the local Haitian community.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion, led by Charlot Lucien, founder and co-director of the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts. Panelists include: Hanna Rose Shell, director of "Second Hand Pepe," and Ronny Dorvil, Somerville Community Access Television producer. Possible questions to explore during discussion include: Radio is the dominant form of media in Haiti, yet film, video and TV are playing an increasingly important role in the local Haitian community; why is this?

What Haitian films and documentaries are reaching and influencing the non-Haitian community? What are the pros and cons of having non-Haitians produce material about Haiti and Haitian culture? How can Haitian-related film and video support philanthropic causes? Already lined up for the screening: an excerpt from “The Agronomist” (feature-length documentary by Jonathan Demme) and an excerpt from “Secondhand Pepe” (short documentary by Hanna Rose Shell).

Call for films, TV work and videos relating to Haiti and the local Haitian Community
Evening of Haitian Film & Video
February 4, 7-9pm, Somerville Community Access TV in Union Square, 90 Union Sq., Somerville; to be followed by drinks at The Independent, 75 Union Sq.

An ArtsUnion Event. Curated by the Somerville Arts Council and Somerville Community Access Television

How to Apply
To have your film or video work reviewed for consideration, please send to the address below. Or, send an email to with your contact information and a Web link to your work. We reserve the right to select segments of your work to present at the screening.

Haitian Film Event C/O Jessica Barnthouse
Somerville Community Access Television
90 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

JANUARY 20th, 2010.

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