AHHA FILM SERIES
The AHHA FILM SERIES is an ongoing film screening series specializing in independent films, art films, experimental films, and local filmmaker showcases. We encourage local filmmakers to submit films for review and consideration for upcoming screenings. For all submissions, please direct your inquiries to AHHA Film Series Coordinator, Zach Litwack at: firstname.lastname@example.org
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD
Thursday, June 19 – 8:30pm
Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat over twenty years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist. In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and psychological insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the roller coaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody. Admission is free and open to the public.
AHHA FILM INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
*Potential Film Institute students do not need to be enrolled in a traditional college or university in order to apply.
AHHA FILM INSTITUTE FOR ADULT STUDENTS
Due to the positive reception from adults in the Tulsa community, we are proud to announce that the AHHA Film Institute will now be offering a section for adults 21 years old and older. Students will be introduced to the basics of screenwriting, preproduction, HD video production, and finally, video editing and finishing strategies. We are happy to offer this sixteen-week course at the affordable rate of $25 per class session, totaling $400 for the entire semester. This tuition fee is all-inclusive, covering all class sessions and equipment fees.
Zach Litwack is a filmmaker based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Active since 2001, his recent films include the social justice documentary, One Life For Another (2013), the horror homage to German Expressionism, The Gentleman (2012), the surreal fantasy, Lost and Found (2008), and the dark comedy, Improvisation (2006). Between 2007 and 2008, both Improvisation and Lost and Found were featured as Official Selections in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. One Life For Another, an account of his mother’s near death experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer during the Panama Canal Riots of 1964, received the endorsement of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute in 2013 and is beginning its festival circuit. He is currently in pre-production on Good Intentions, a short that will be included in the anthology feature, Vacancy, and writing the feature screenplay for the supernatural thriller, The Other Side.
Outside of pursuing his own projects, Litwack enjoys teaching others to express themselves through film. Between 2001 and 2011, he has taught screenwriting, film production, and film editing at Living Arts of Tulsa, the Tulsa Opera Summer Program, the Chicago chapter of Upward Bound, and Columbia College Chicago’s Film & Video Department. He is looking forward to bringing his experience to the classroom at the AHHA Film Institute and helping a new generation of filmmakers to find their cinematic voices.