Negative Film Festival
By Rob Smith
22nd and Sunday 23rd of March, Don Valley stadium saw the Positive
Negative film festival draw a select audience of local black community
opened on Saturday afternoon with a large display of film equipment,
followed by a presentation by a Panasonic Film representative. A
large array of food and drink preceded the main event of the day,
a preview of the film Colour Blind.
directed by Davon E Johnson and written by a young American-Korean
refugee, the story is about resettlement in America, building friendships
and loyalty, leading to murder and robbery with hints of retribution.
Shot and filmed around the streets and houses of Denver, Colorado,
Davon told me about the difficulties he’s faced as a black
film producer trying to establish himself in the sporting town of
Colorado; “Arts and culture at home are not focused on like
sports, which is a real shame.”
– “Colour spelt the English way,” is Davon’s
second film, his first being a documentary about black people living
in the early American West; “Black people were the first in
America’s west. Always the trend setters, they dressed as
cowboys a long time before white settlements out west began.”
Film’s organisers, Carl Baker and Angela Bough, stressed the
need to further develop black media, filmmaking and media training
I asked why
they’d chosen Don Valley rather than somewhere in Burngreave.
Carl replied, “We sought a location within Burngreave, however
this was out of our price range. Don Valley were willing to support
us at short notice, giving us full support”. Carl explained
that they were planning a much larger event in August, much closer
to the community where he resides.