Thursday, February 20th
US NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
$12 IN ADVANCE HERE OR AT THE DOOR
SONS OF THE CITY
USA / 2014 / 77mins
Directed by Marcus Richardson
World Premiere / Post-screening Q&A with Director and Cast
Sons of the City tells the story of Joe Young, an inner city college student with a bright future thrown into a war he does not want to fight yet cannot find the courage to leave. More than a coming of age film about urban decay, Sons of the City is about a young man’s psychological and emotional journey as he deals with romance, violence, drugs, and urban culture. As Joe becomes increasingly aware of the forces affecting his life he finds the courage to go against accepted norms, break old traditions and make new commitments.
Director Marcus Richardson studied under Haile Gerima at Howard University Film School. Heavily influenced by filmmakers such as Terrence Malick and Paul Thomas Anderson and writers such as Fydor Dostoevsky and Ralph Ellison, Marcus developed a film style that is philosophical and contemplative. This outlook, meshed with his upbringing in the inner city of Washington D.C.. played a vital part in the theme and tone of his first feature film, Sons of the City. Marcus is finishing a documentary film and plans to continue to make films as part of the Washington D.C. film community.
Lead Actor: Howard Brown Baker
Screens with the accompanying short:
Directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples
USA / 2013 / 21mins
Crushed by the death of her beloved grandmother, grieving Red returns home to find that her lover has stolen a treasured possession.