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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kevin Epps Screens New Short Films at the de Young

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Straight Outta Hunters Point 2 from chris wilson on Vimeo.

The de Young is goin' off. That's normal-people talk for "in a project that is unprecedented for the Fine Arts Museums and unique in the museum world, the de Young launched a new program that fosters fresh connections between the museum, its audiences, and local artists and arts organizations." Yeeeaw! The project here is the Artist Fellows Program, and it involves the museum giving time, space, and money to artists of lots of different kinds, not just traditional oil-paint types of guys. Dancers, musicians, and ... a filmmaker.

One of those fellows is Kevin Epps, who made Straight Outta Hunters Point 2, above. This is what is meant by "goin' off:" supporting critical independent local voices. Nice work, de Young!

Epps plans to screen two new short films and a trailer this Friday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the yes, de Young, at Filmmaker's Lounge. One of them is Popped in Oakland:

Another is Jailed on Principle, on the subject of indie journalist Josh Wolf, who famously denied to cooperate with cops, and Henry David Thoreau-ed it afterwards. The trailer is for Fam Bam, "a critical look into the structure of the black family in America."
A Q&A with the filmmaker at a refreshments-enhanced reception follows the screenings.

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