Join Us For An Evening with the Stars

Celebrating Our Diverse Roots…

The Oakland Film Society & Oakland City Council Member Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Roots is an American Story.

An unprecedented evening where Hollywood comes to Oakland in conjunction with the City of Oakland Black Arts Movement Initiative to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Roots and the filmmakers of the Oakland International Film Festival.  Together for the first time on stage, cast members from the original 1977 Roots miniseries and the 2016 Roots:  A New Vision come together in a powerful “Fireside Chat”.   Listen to Hollywood award winning legends, actors, film directors and producers discuss and reflect on the last 40 years since the debut of the Roots miniseries.

Discussion

  • Historical impact of the Roots miniseries across multiple generations of viewers
  • The older generation perspective vs the younger perspective of Roots
  • Importance of tracing your personal cultural roots and strengthen your identity and family story
  • Social Justice and Advocacy – Where are we now 40 years later?
  • Diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and more…

Celebrity Guests

Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award Winner

Danny Glover, Renowned Actor and Activist

Mario Van Peebles, Producer, Director and Actor

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Actor

and additional invited celebrity guests…

Entertainment

  • Musical performances by artists with local roots
  • Women of VIBE & Oakland Future Trio from the Oakland School of the Arts
  • SambaFunk! Funkquarians
  • Candice Antique of Antique Naked Soul
  • Jahi of PE2.0 (The Next Generation of Public Enemy)
  • Seven-Time Grammy Nominee Percussionist – John Santos
  • The Incredible and Inspiring Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

SPEAKERS

A once-in-a-lifetime no holds barred conversation featuring Hollywood legends, entertainers, corporate and local leaders. Be a part of the conversation of ``Roots``.

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Mark Wolper

Executive Producer "ROOTS"

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Louis Gossett Jr.

Academy Award Winning Actor

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Mario Van Peebles

Actor, Producer, Director

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Mandela Van Peebles

Actor ("Noah" 2016 ROOTS)

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

Actor ("Noah" Original ROOTS)

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Danny Glover

Award Winning Actor / Activist

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Joanna L. Mountain, PhD

23&Me

Enjoy the Amazing Sounds of the Diaspora

Highly acclaimed Bay Area entertainers. Get ready for a show that will move and inspire your soul!

PROGRAM

Doors Open & Reception

 

Opening Performances

15mins

Auditorium

Welcome

15 mins

4th Floor

Fireside Chat

120 mins

Multiple Floors

Beginner

Film Festival Award Ceremony

30 mins

Closing Remarks & Musical Performances

After the main program, stay and enjoy live musical performances.

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Oakland Scottish Rite Center

The majestic Scottish Rite is situated next to the beautiful Lake Merritt.

Location

1547 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612

more information

Attend the 15th Annual Oakland International Film Festival

5 Days of Film Screenings and 5 Oakland Destinations

Oakland International Film Festival

Join us from April 4 – 8, 2017.

Each day is filled with film screenings, music, and fun events at other great destinations in Oakland.   www.oiff.org

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Countries

200

Filmmakers

5

Film Festival Days

5,000

attendees

ROOTS 40TH CELEBRATION & OIFF AWARD CEREMONY EVENT TICKETS

Get your Early Bird tickets before March 31, 2017, enter Promocode: EARLYBIRD to get 20% off! Hurry and get your tickets as they will go fast. Proceeds support the Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF).

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future”.  Alex Haley

Attire:  After-Five/Cocktail

** 100 – 150 students from several Oakland nonprofit organizations and from the Oakland School of the Arts will receive general admission tickets to attend this event.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Become a sponsor of this event and the 5 day film festival. Contact us today for more information.

For more information on becoming a sponsor and our sponsorship package, please contact makedah@bildconnect.com.

Event Producers & Film Festival Partners