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NYWIFT Member Screening Series
Soul Food Junkies

NYWIFT's Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at 2nd St.).

Join us for a screening of the documentary Soul Food Junkies, which asks the question, "Is African American culture a culture of soul food junkies?" Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Byron Hurt, and the film's associate producer Lisa Durden, a NYWIFT member. Then, join us at a nearby venue for mingling, a Cash Bar, and complimentary appetizers.

Food traditions are hard to change, especially when they're passed on from generation to generation. In this PBS documentary, which won Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival, filmmaker Byron Hurt shares his journey to learn more about the African American cuisine known as soul food.

Baffled by his dad's unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. He discovers that the love affair that his dad and his community have with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly.

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and antisexist activist. Hurt is the former host of the Emmy-nominated series Reel Works with Byron Hurt. He began his film career with I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America. His documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcasted on PBS’ Independent Lens. Since then, it has screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide. In 2008, Hurt released If Five-0 Shoots and Barack & Curtis. Both were critically acclaimed and the latter exploded in the blogosphere as a part of The Masculinity Project.

Lisa Durden is an award-winning nonfiction TV and film producer. Durden was the associate producer of the Sundance Channel’s Brick City 1, which won the 2010 Peabody Award and was nominated for an NAACP Award and an Emmy. She was the researcher on Brick City 2, which premiered on the Sundance Channel. She consulted on the BET news special The Down Low Exposed, and executive produced and directed two independent documentaries: Project Wow: Men on The Down Low and China & Irvington: Trading Places. Through her production company, Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions, she executive produces The Lisa Durden Show. She also writes a pop culture blog for the New Jersey Star Ledger

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Additional co-sponsorship by Tyrone Jackson, Internet Media and Entertainment, Inc.