LAKE CHARLES, LA - The Arts and Humanities Council, in cooperation with the Lake Area Film Group, presents "All About Us" with Producer Michael Swanson. This inspiring story about going after your dreams and the bonds of family is part of the Southern Arts Federation's Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Central School Theatre, 809 Kirby Street, 2nd Floor on Thursday, March 26th.
Following the 7:00 pm screening of his feature film, "All About Us," Swanson will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker. An informal reception with the filmmaker is scheduled immediately following the screening. Admission is free of charge!
Two young African-American filmmakers struggle to make it in Hollywood. Despite having a finished product in the can - accompanied by critical praise and festival circuit awards - the filmmaking couple encounters an industry establishment that is unwilling to budge. At every turn, the filmmakers are reminded that profit is paramount in the film business.
Unable to secure a distribution deal for their latest film, Ed (Boris Kodjoe) and Stacey Brown (Ryan Michelle Bathé) are forced to reconsider their cinematic dreams. With the threat of complete financial meltdown looming ahead and the well-being of their child to consider, the couple sets out for Clarksdale, Mississippi, in search of Morgan Freeman and an answer to their uncertain future.
"All About Us" stars Boris Kodjoe, Ryan Michelle Bathé, Luke Swanson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and Raven Goodwin, with Ruby Dee and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.
Producer Michael Swanson has produced numerous feature, documentary and short films over the past 15 years. His films include "All About You," which won multiple film festival awards, including the Blockbuster Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the American Black Film Festival, the Festival Award at the Pan African Film Festival, and an Audience Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. "All About You" also enjoyed a 13-city theatrical tour.
His most acclaimed short film, "Two Seasons," was nominated for a Student Academy Award and was invited to the Sundance Film Festival. "Two Seasons" won the Warner Bros. Pictures Production Award, the National Black Programming Consortium Award and the HBO Short Film Competition Grand Prize at the Acapulco Black Film Festival.
A Chicago native, Swanson received his BA in film production from the University of Notre Dame. He recently received the Rev. Arthur S. Harvey Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association and the Exemplar Award from the Black Alumni of Notre Dame for his achievement in the arts. He is currently developing three new film projects. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Christine, who directed "All About Us," and their three sons.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975. Southern Arts Federation is supported by funding and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org.