Nadine Patterson (ACG change partner ’09) announces three screenings of her debut feature film, Tango Macbeth. First is free preview screening at the Celebration of Black Writing this weekend June 2 at 2pm at Temple University’s Kiva Auditorium in Ritter Hall (13th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue). Those who attend are invited to stay after the film for a discussion about how Tango Macbeth can be used in for arts and educational programs- middle school, H.S., college, and adult learners. On June 16 at 12pm, Tango Macbeth will officially have its festival premiere at the Roxbury International Film Festival. And on June 20 to 24 it will screen as part of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
Debut Feature Film by Philly’s Nadine Patterson Hits Festival Circuit
Called “Lush, crazy, sexy”, TANGO MACBETH will have its world premiere at the Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston June 14th to 17th, then debut locally at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival June 20th to 24th.
Philadelphia, PA (May 28, 2012)— The award-winning mother-daughter team of Marlene and Nadine Patterson have produced their first narrative feature, a lush mashup of Shakespearean drama, contemporary documentary technique, world music, and dance.
The film follows earlier projects which earned Producer Marlene and Director Nadine Patterson special honors:
“Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit” won Best Documentary at Chicago’s African American Women in the Arts Film/Video Festival.
“Moving with the Dreaming” won the Prized Pieces Award from the National Black Programming Consortium.
This is Macbeth deconstructed. TANGO MACBETH is a visceral, fluid, energetic re-imagining of this classic tragedy for the 21st Century. A documentary film crew follows a theater company in its rehearsal of the tragedy. It captures the moments when the actors become lost in Shakespeare’s world. The drama of the play intertwines with the drama of making the film.
Noted Author Lorene Cary says: “TANGO MACBETH is a fabulous fresh look at the classic. There’s a dancing, lively, refreshing look at Shakespeare’s drama in Macbeth–and also a classy OMG reality show behind the scenes of the actors and director. Each scene makes us 21st century viewers hear the words new. I saw the relationship between Lady Macbeth and her husband with renewed fascination. And the way Patterson casts Banquo’s face takes the old ghost story to a new, haunting, moving level. We think about character and casting, about conflict and resolution, about love and compromise. It’s brilliant.”
TANGO MACBETH stars Alexandra Bailey, Brian Anthony Wilson, Justin Bryant, Veronica Wathome, and James Tolbert. Original music created by Lenny Seidman. Choreography is by Zane Booker.
TANGO MACBETH is funded in part by the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the
Arts, The Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA), The Lomax Family Foundation, the Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen of the He-Shan World Fund of the Tides Foundation, and a generous network of Philadelphians who support the electronic arts. The Art Sanctuary serves as fiscal conduit for the production.