Paul Robeson Awards 2014
Wednesday, July 30
4:30-6:30 pm Reception & Awards Ceremony
7 pm Film Screenings
Honoring the spirit of Paul Robeson, activist, performer and athlete,
the Paul Robeson Awards were established in 1985
by the Newark Black Film Festival,
as a biennial competition for aspiring filmmakers.
This year's winners will be screened on Wednesday, July 30.
The next Paul Robeson Awards will be held in 2016.
2014 Paul Robeson Award Winners
Hate Crimes in the Heartland
2013, 51 minutes
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Two crimes set 90-years apart reveal the foundation of the racial segregation and inequality that have come to define modern American society and our culture. Hate Crimes in the Heartland explores the 1921 Race Riot and the 2012 Good Friday murders, exposing an All-American city forever divided, and revealing the dangerous connections between the media, power, race and justice.
Clinging to the last affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying city, a group of African-American neighbors fight to save their homes from the wrecking ball when the city of New Haven proposes a huge new construction project on their property. This group takes their case all the way to federal court in a story about 21st-century racism.
Filmmakers/Producers: Sarah Friedland & Ryan Joseph
2013, 55 minutes
Tar Baby Jane explores how the creation of art has been a therapeutic, transformative and healing force in the life of award-winning artist Vanessa German, whose bouts with debilitating depression that once lead to a suicide attempt.
Filmmaker/Producer/Director: James Richards
Teddy can’t stand Bobbi, and Bobbi can’t stand Teddy, but Teddy is 36 and Bobbi is 10. Teddy is going to marry Bobbi’s mother Cheryl. Do they have what it takes to be a family? When Bobbi’s bike is stolen, Teddy feels this is his opportunity to find the bike and bring them together, if Bobbi lets him.
For the Cause
2013, 22 minutes
2013, 13 minutes
2012 Paul Robeson Award Winners