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Montage Film Series 2024

Ali Cultural Arts Center
Jun 27 | 7:00 pm | FREE

The event is hosted by Black Cat Media.

Cathleen Dean - Black Cat Media

June 27th 2024 Screening - A Hero of a Thousand Faces and the Dance Film


A Hero of a Thousand Faces Project seeks to discover what makes a hero as it pertains to black men as they seek inclusion and contribution to a society that might see them otherwise. Hero #14 George Gadson - Artist.

About the Filmmaker:

George Gadson: A self-taught artist whose artworks express different spiritual aspects and values of life. His unabated passion for creating translates into exuberant and joyous figurative sculptures, abstracts, photography and more, inspired by his surroundings, people and their environment, and mundane objects of everyday life that often go unnoticed.

Drawing on many sources and ideas for his work, including his personal life story and experiences makes the creative process to be as equally important as the final work. The allows him to feel, explore, and discover the insight, enchantments, and spiritual empowerment that the experience of creating brings.

Gadson seeks to bring to life the forgotten history found in many communities and capture civic memories through creative design works for public spaces. Such efforts aid in rebuilding the tangible and intangible characters of a community, bringing disparate groups together, creating safer neighborhoods, promoting a greater sense of place and belonging, and breathing new life into the “soul” of a community and its residents.

Michael Anderson is a highly experienced and creative technical professional with over 23 years experience in digital media as well as Broadcast Television. Project management, producing, and directing are some of Mr. Anderson's areas of technical expertise His work ranges from live events and historical documentaries to feature films, commercials, web series and reality TV. Michael Anderson has worked closely with companies such as WLRN Public Media Channel 17 Miami, Discovery Channel Latin America, Accord Productions, Cineworks Digital Studios, and SuperGroup International. He has a great capacity to not only meet deadlines but also a keen ability to work under pressure.

His latest projects include the 2021 Suncoast Chapter Emmy award winning show "Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale.” "Hometown Hero" is part of WLRN’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo’s Moon Landing short films series. 2020 Suncoast Chapter Emmy nominated “The Secret Weapon That Won World War II'' produced for WLRN Public Media which is currently in distribution to PBS stations nationwide. The short film “Midway Home” has received a Producers Guild of America award. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Suncoast Chapter. Michael Anderson continues to use his talents and experience to tell the stories of our communities.

Fabian Cardenas: is a Multi-Emmy Award-winning film director, producer, and screenwriter passionate about storytelling and a deep understanding of film and theatre. In the high mountains of Ecuador, the midnight moon glinting in the darkened sky, his grandfather whispering vivid tales of terror as the wind rustled through the eucalyptus branches and shadows closed in; sparked the desire in young Fabian to capture an audience’s imagination and emotion.

Today Fabian directs films and documentaries that speak the language of creativity, conflict, and imagery; Fabian continues collaborating with diverse professionals on various projects.

Fabian is known for solidly managed productions, delivered on time and within budget. Film festivals have selected several projects, such as Freddie of Wynwood and #theconnectedman, and then these short films are distributed to broader audiences on Amazon Prime or PBS. In addition, the short movie Midway Home received a Producers Guild award. Fabian is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Suncoast Chapter. In 2022 he was nominated for three Regional Emmys, winning one Emmy. In 2021 he had two selections; one of his projects, Hero of a Thousand Faces, won an Emmy.

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Montage Film Series 2024