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March 1 at 1 +7:30 p.m.

The Encounter
Directed by Angela Matemotja
USA, 2011, 20 mins., Hawai‘i premiere
A young white woman gets stuck in an elevator with an older African man. Though the residue of apartheid remains, does he hold the key to her finding inner peace?

Director: Anne Buford
USA, 2011, 81 mins., Hawai‘i premiere
Filmed over four years, Elevate documents the extraordinary journeys of four particularly tall West African Muslim teenagers from dilapidated cement courts in Senegal to upscale American prep schools. Recruited for their physical and academic skills, they accept basketball scholarships to U.S. schools—and face the challenges of alienation, American-style basketball, and a new languange and culture rife with African stereotypes. But with courage, humor, and remarkable resilience, they pursue their dreams to obtain an education and a shot at the NBA. Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival.
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Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

African American Jazz Heritage Concert
Chuck James Quartet + Very Special Guests
$35, $30 Academy members
We extend African American History month with a rare gathering of Hawai‘i’s African-American jazz artists. Join Chuck James, Miles Jackson, Reggie Padilla, Jason Gay and Rhea Fox for a tribute to the greats of jazz, featuring music by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and more.  


March 3 at 1, 4 + 7:30 p.m.

Men or Mice
Director: Kiara Jones
USA, 2010, 15 mins., Hawai‘i premiere
A quiet evening at home turns into a night of terror for Jade. When she reaches out to the men of her life for help, she discovers an unconventional hero...she hopes.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Directors: Constance Marks, Philip Shane
USA, 2011, 80 mins
Red, fuzzy Muppet Elmo is an international icon. Yet few people know his creator, Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo tells the story of how a precocious talent who dreamed of working with master puppeteer Jim Henson found a home on Sesame Street. The documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. Winner: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
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