Saturday, August 22, 2009

Jackson 5 in Africa


Love this shot!

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The West Coast premiere screening of "Jackson 5 In Africa," a film of rare footage documenting the Jackson 5 during their 1974 tour in Senegal — will be the centerpiece of the Closing Night Gala for the Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles. The film will screen at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm on Saturday, August 22 at the AT&T Center Theater, 1150 S Olive St, Los Angeles 90015. Tickets are now on sale via the festival's website: dffla.com

The screening of the film, which will debut in New York on Wednesday at the National Black Theatre, is being co-presented with the nonprofit Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles by ImageNation Cinema Foundation and Hines Media Group.

Narrated by renowned actor Robert Hooks, the film opens with the Jackson 5 being greeted by a group of dancers and drummers at the airport. The camera follows Michael Jackson and the family cinema-verité style on their first-ever visit to Africa, including live footage of their visit to an African market, classic live footage of the group spontaneously performing Hum Along and Dance and extraordinary footage of the Jackson 5 performing on stage before a packed SRO audience at the height of their career in the mid-Seventies.

"We're thrilled at the privilege of being the organization that brings this fascinating film to the West Coast," said festival director Greg Ptacek. "As a film festival committed to showcasing the diversity of cinema, we wanted to honor the memory of Michael Jackson with a fitting motion picture program of fresh material. Our L.A. premiere screening of 'Jackson 5 In Africa' amply fulfills both goals."

The history of the film is nearly as interesting as the footage itself, explains Jaymes A. Hines, president of Hines Media Group. "It was made by a group of African investors who ran out of money trying to finish the film. In 1982, the owner of this film, an international businessman (who wishes to remain anonymous), bartered with one of the original producers, acquiring a 16mm print of this rare documentary, in exchange for a rough diamond."

Years later, the film's owner reached out to Gregory Gates, Executive Producer of ImageNation Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color, to help him find a collector/buyer for the never-before-screened work.

"The makers of this movie shared of our mission to unite throughout the African Diaspora using film and music," said Gates. "We are extremely proud to help further their agenda, while honoring Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5."

The Downtown Film Festival — Los Angeles is presented LBA Realty (AT&T Center), arts>Brookfield Properties, The Grammy Museum and Nuvay Web Services. More information at dffla.com.

To view the movie trailer:





29 comments:

Char said...

how very 70's!!!

Raina said...

I'd forgotten that Michael Jackson was once a black man.

diane said...

Wow, those silver costumes in the video clip were amazing. How about the guitar solo, where did that come from? It was obvious, even then, that Michael Jackson was a gifted dancer. He was doing a few extra spins and moved so gracefully.

♥Aubrey said...

OMG...can we photoshop? I want to be the one wearing the pink get-up!!!

Gabby said...

Huh, this is cool! Is this your new weekend plan? Sorry SD was canceled...

And yessah, EM and I live together in sisterly harmony or something like that. We now have a friend staying with us. That's all. No scandalous pregnancies or anything. :)

Diana said...

I think this is more historical than what the current Michael was. This is more about the music than him. I hope you go!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Wow! I wish I could see this. Those tuxedos rock my world.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I seriously LOVE THE JACKSON 5. This is so cool, how do you always find the coolest shit, how are you the coolest person alive?! LIKE REALLY.

Boo to San Diego! It's noon, lets start drinking!

Ohhh baby give me one more chance...

Gonna put that ish on RIGHT NOW!

Elizabeth Marie said...

And yeah...we have a dude around these parts now.

NO COMMENT. lol

Lee said...

Love the 5 of them...not so much one on one though, but as a clan...awesome!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Oooh love the the costumes, i'm sure some hot designers are inspired by them! Dang-Dang!...but there's always San Diego for you... hope you continue to enjoy this weekend darrrlin' XO*

Sam said...

Beautiful stuff - spangly silver suits are fabulous! Very talented people and super entertaining. If Michael had continued to just concentrate more on his dancing and music and less on his appearance....

Ela said...

This makes me sad :( I think things could have turned out so different - for all of them, it would've been great to see them stay as the 5, MJ might've had a happier life. But then again, who knows.

Hey, is this a scheduled post for you? If SD was a no-go I hope you're having a great weekend anyhow :)

Stephanie Faris said...

What style. They represent everything about the 70s, don't they!

Found you through Lee (the Hot Flash Queen). Your blog seems fun!

one little simitopian said...

Ah! A rainbow of flared suits! 70's fashion rocks! :D Looks like an enjoyable movie too. I was never a huge MJ fan, but I have to admit the Jackson 5 had some pretty infectious tunes, and MAN could Micheal dance!

ana b. said...

The colours of the rainbow! Wooooo. I myself would love the lemon yellow on the far left.

Elizabeth Marie said...

No scandalous pregnancies yet...

WHAT?

I love sangria.

and you THAT IS ALL.

TheBeautyFile said...

interesting. i think you should have warned us to wear shades to view that BRIGHT pic though.

Andhari said...

Oh wow, how I wanna watch!!!:) awesomeness.

Brooke said...

Ahh, the 70's. My dad totally had that hair...and probably, the clothes, as well. The outfit Michael is wearing, reminds me of a Spanish bullfighter, for some reason.

Renee said...

I love these old school times.

Love Renee xoxo

Jill Pilgrim said...

Ahaha- awesome. The outfits! The hair! Awesome.

asweetcakes said...

haha!!!
they look like flowers

Keith said...

Great photo. That is so cool. I really dig it. Hope you've had a fantastic weekend.

Gabbi said...

Would love to see the film and find the whole anonymous backer and rough diamond trade fascinating.

Is the festival at the old theaters on Broadway? I adore those theaters...

Iva said...

love that shot too! amazing outfits, just look at that details on them. wow. I'd love to one day attend the film festival...I'd especially love to see this film! ... visiting Africa would truly be an amazing experience. It is something I have always wanted to do, and truly hope to soon. The history behind this film with the anonymous international businessman and exchange of rough diamond is so interesting! I would love to learn more. Thank you droll girl for always having such interesting posts, you always open my eyes to new things. thank you.

Alisa said...

Loved Michael, he was the best!

Felicia|DaLipstickBandit said...

they look like a marriachi (sp?) band, lol

Hanako66 said...

ha! that hair looks airbrushed on!