Independent Africa

On April 10, established and aspiring directors and producers will learn how to craft an attention-getting pitch and utilize social networking tools at “Getting Exposure: Securing the Buzz You Need for Your Film.” The panel discussion, which takes place at The Film Society of Lincoln Center at 1:30 pm, is part of “Independent Africa,” the 17th Annual New York African Film Festival (NYAFF). NYAFF is presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF).

Panelists will include Jennifer Merin, film journalist with About.com and founder of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists; Misani, culture writer for the Amsterdam News; Paul Burani, social media strategist; and Pam Pickens, digital marketing expert. The event, which is open to the public, will be moderated by veteran entertainment publicist and NYAFF’s public relations consultant Cheryl L. Duncan of Cheryl Duncan & Company Inc.

NYAFF runs at the FSLC’s Walter Reade Theater from April 7 through April 13. It then moves on to Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies on April 14 for a day of film and panel discussions with filmmakers, scholars and film critics. On May 6, NYAFF will hold the world premiere of the tongue-in-cheek Dr. Cruel, a film co-directed by Jakob Boeskov and Teco Benson which critically examines the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on the African continent at 3ten Lounge at 7 pm (doors opening at 6 pm); the event is a collaboration with Creative Time with music by DJ Amo. AFF and the New Museum will co-present a series of films that celebrate the technical innovations that have contributed to a new level of independence in African cinema at New Museum, on May 13, 15 and 16. The festival concludes at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek in tandem with DanceAfrica from May 28 through May 31. BAMcinématek is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn.

The film promotion panel will be held in the FSLC’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th Street, plaza level. Tickets are $8 public, $7 seniors (62+) and $6 Film Society members and students. For panel or film tickets, go to www.filmlinc.com.

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