The Blackhouse® Foundation Announces Presence at the Toronto International Film Festival® – August 26, 2011

The Blackhouse® Foundation Announces Presence at the Toronto International Film Festival®

08.26.2011– Los Angeles, CA (August 26, 2011) – The Blackhouse® Foundation announces its first year at the Toronto International Film Festival®. As the year winds down Blackhouse reflects on five years of programming at some of the most prominent independent film festivals in the US. The foundation proudly expands its reach through partnership with this truly global festival.

“We are incredibly impressed with the commitment to diversity in independent film expressed by the Toronto International Film Festival through this year’s powerful line-up of black films from around the world. We’ve been watching for years and are excited to join as a sponsor,” says Brickson Diamond, chair of the board of the Blackhouse Foundation.

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced 20 films with black directors, content or cast from across the African Diaspora for the 2011 festival.

“We are delighted that the Blackhouse Foundation is joining us here in Toronto for this year’s Festival,” said Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “We look forward to working together to build a stronger presence and a true home in Toronto for filmmakers of African descent.”

Blackhouse will be on the ground in Toronto encouraging its constituents – filmmakers, tastemakers, industry leaders and area locals – to take part in the festival.

Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/festival, by phone Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433, and in person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office at 350 King St. West from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Methods of payment include cash, debit or Visa†.

The 36th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8 to 18, 2011.

About TIFF

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival® in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, Major Sponsor and official bank RBC, Major Sponsor BlackBerry and Visa†. For more information, visit tiff.net.

About The Blackhouse Foundation

Mission: The Blackhouse Foundation works to expand opportunities for Black filmmakers by providing a physical gathering venue for our constituents at the world’s most prominent film festivals, encouraging the inclusion of black filmmakers with films selected by the festival and creating a nucleus for continuing support, community, education and knowledge.

The Blackhouse is a US-based charitable organization geared towards dynamic industry networking, rigorous support, unparalleled education, and celebration for filmmakers of African descent and their audiences. The Blackhouse focuses on increasing the visibility and commercial success of films by, for and about people across the Diaspora.

Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC and BlackBerry, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

Contact: Brickson Diamond – brickson@theblackhouse.org

BLACKHOUSE FOUNDATION GOES VIRTUAL AT 2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!

BLACKHOUSE FOUNDATION GOES VIRTUAL AT 2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!

Park City, Utah – After two years of tremendous success and acclaim, The BLACKHOUSE Foundation continues to break down barriers and shine a spotlight on diversity in the independent film industry at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Although BLACKHOUSE will not have a physical venue at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, we remain committed to promoting black films and filmmakers. We proudly congratulate the creators of the 26 black films selected for this year’s festival and as an organization remain dedicated to the work at independent film festivals worldwide.

Please visit www.theblackhouse.org during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to learn more about the films and filmmakers to be featured at the festival, guide your experience on the ground in Park City and/or track it all from home. Keep coming back to our site after the festival to learn about exciting BLACKHOUSE events and initiatives in the year ahead. The website will feature schedules of all programmed black films, film trailers, photos, blogs and commentary from filmmakers, talent, and fans attending the festival.

The BLACKHOUSE Foundation is an organization geared towards dynamic industry networking, rigorous support, unparalleled education, and celebration for filmmakers of African descent and their audiences. BLACKHOUSE continues its focus on increasing the visibility and commercial success of films by, for and about people across the Diaspora.

Foundation Board President Brickson Diamond states that “the rise of digital distribution is one of the most significant forces impacting independent film. After two years actually on the ground during the festival we are proud to call the internet home as we continue to work to reflect and shape the black experience at the festival and beyond.” Whether you are visiting www.theblackhouse.org in order to figure out which film to see and when or to get an understanding of how you as a budding filmmaker can get to Sundance, we welcome you to make the site your home for the 10 days of the festival.

Please visit www.theblackhouse.org for more details, current schedules and to register as a member of our community.

Press Contact:
Carol Ann Shine
carol@theblackhouse.org
310-345-3075

The Los Angeles Times, The Envelope – January 18, 2008

‘BLACK LIST’ AT THE BLACKHOUSE

Posted January 18, 2008

Surrounded by posters of author Toni Morrison, activist Al Sharpton, media executive Richard Parsons and comedian Chris Rock at the Black House (motto: Where black film lives) on Main St. in Park City, you realize that the film “The Black List: Volume One” — specifically the task of actually interviewing many of the country’s prominent African-Americans — must have been a time-consuming and daunting task.

But that’s just what the interviewer, journalist and former NY Times critic Elvis Mitchell, and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, set out to accomplish. The passion of choreographer Bill T. Jones, the understated strength of Vernon Jordan, and the tenacity of Dawn Staley were all presented, along with many others, in small one-on-one vignettes shot to look like portrait photographs. It’s one of the first movies I’ve seen here that drew responses during the film and a pretty good applause afterwards.

The film, along with other black films being shown at Sundance, were celebrated at the Black House. These included “The Len Bias Story,” “Dirty Laundry,” “A good day to be black & sexy,” all represented by filmmakers and friends at the venue’s opening mixer. Talent agents mingled with filmmakers and sponsors and actors and people just looking to connect amid free drinks and snacks.

Layla Mashava, a producer on “Black & sexy,” which is screening in the American Spectrum section, came to promote her film and to see other black people.

“When you’re walking in the snow, you only see us in sprinkles.” (Video of our quick conversation will follow soon.)

And a note for those who see the film this week: The Black House event was filled with photos of folks, like mogul Russell Simmons, who was not in version one of the film (at least the version that I saw). So don’t be surprised to see a “Black List: Vol. Two,” sooner or later.

— Jevon Phillips