Kevin Epps Screens Straight Outta Hunters Point 2 at Bayview Opera House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kate Patterson, San Francisco Arts Commission
Tel: 415-252-4638 E: Kate.Patterson@sfgov.org
THE BAYVIEW SALUTES LOCAL FILMMAKER KEVIN EPPS AND HONORS THE SPIRIT OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER MALCOLM X
The Bayview Opera House hosts the community premier of filmmaker Kevin Epps' Straight Out of Hunters Point 2
SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2012 - On May 20, 2012 from 2-5 p.m., the San Francisco Arts Commission in conjunction with the Bayview Opera House and Mastamind Productions present the free community screening of filmmaker and activist Kevin Epps' Straight Out of Hunters Point 2. This film depicts the daily occurrences of violence plaguing a community in pursuit of social and economic sustainability. A native of the Bayview-Hunters Point, Kevin Epps has emerged against the odds as a community activist, using film as an advocacy tool to highlight the inequities of the neighborhood he holds near to his heart.
"I appreciate this opportunity to partner with the San Francisco Arts Commission in presenting Straight Outta Hunters Point 2," said Epps "As a filmmaker and activist, this is the most important screening of all, premiering the film in the neighborhood where it all started."
This film screening takes place during civil rights leader Malcolm X's birthday weekend, and it will be hosted by Kevin Epps himself to celebrate the spirit of community organizing and activism. Similar to Malcolm X, Epps is regarded in his community as a leader, exposing the negative impact drug abuse and societal apathy has had in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.
According to the SFAC's Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, "The Arts Commission is excited to support the ground-breaking work of Mr. Epps' and this community-wide celebration honoring the legacy of Malcolm X. The Bayview Opera House is a historical landmark and an anchor arts hub in the Bayview, making it the perfect location for such an important community celebration."
The event will also showcase some of the Bayview's most prominent businesses and non-profit organizations including the San Francisco Black Film Festival, the Hunters Point Family Foundation and will be catered by Old Skool Café.
About Kevin Epps
Community activist and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Epps developed his skills through public access shows and classes at the Film Arts Foundation into a film career with the acclaimed documentaries Straight Outta Hunters Point and Black Rock. Epps has collaborated on projects with Google, Yahoo, Discovery Channel, Current TV, and a host of other media partners. His passion for advocacy of underserved communities has led him to give back by working with various community art spaces as well as serving on the boards of two local nonprofit organizations. Epps currently has several projects in the works and looks forward to shooting his first feature film this summer.
About the San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City's well-being. Established by charter in 1932, SFAC programs integrate the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Galleries, Street Artists Licensing, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth and Community Concert Series. The agency's core values are committed to the principle that all residents have equal access to arts experiences in all disciplines, that programs are provided comprehensively and evenly throughout the City, and that they are innovative and of the highest quality.
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