Museum of Fine Arts Houston
July 15, 2018 | 5 - 6 pm
Ticket | $9
Senior/Member | $7
In attendance: Filmmakers Brian Ellison and Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
The weekend of films, presented in collaboration with Project Row Houses, closes with a lively and thought-provoking selection of short films.
A Day in the Tr3
Directed by Brian Ellison
(USA, 2017, 7 min.)
The film follows a young man through his Third Ward neighborhood which is rapidly changing due to gentrification. Even in the midst of the changes, he experiences the day to day beauty that hides in plain sight and embraces all the beauty his community continues to offer.
Born With It
Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
(USA, 2015, 15 min., in English and Japanese with English subtitles)
A half-Japanese, half-black boy intends to prove to his new Japanese classmates that dark skin is not a disease. Watch the trailer
Directed by Carrie Hawks
(USA, 2017, 23 min.)
Creatively weaving together family stories, interviews and a variety of illustrative styles, this animated autobiography explores the filmmaker’s identity as a queer person of color. Watch the trailer
About the Special Guests
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brian Ellison moved to Houston to pursue his master’s in counseling at Prairie View A&M University. He earned his BA in sociology at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2007. Ellison is a photographer, cinematographer, philanthropist, and conceptual visual artist. Through his lens he strives to begin the healing process necessary to bring to light issues that are unravelling in front of our eyes.
Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. is an award-winning writer-director born and raised in Houston. He started his career in Japan, where he developed a passion for telling authentic yet sensitive human-centered stories. His films have screened and won awards at more than 50 film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Palm Springs, the NBC Short Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, and more. As a commercial director, his work has garnered 6 Addy Awards. Osei-Kuffour, Jr. received his BA in film studies from Stanford University and his MFA in film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is also a fellow in the Disney-ABC TV Directing Program.
Personal Problems is presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of Family, Community, and Shorts: A Project Row Houses / MFAH Collaboration. These screenings are part of PRH's 25th Anniversaryactivities.