Movie world premiere: ‘We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman’

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 10:10 AM

Saturday, Nov. 2, The Tull Family Theater hosts a free world premiere, director’s talkback alongside ‘Harriet’ film screenings.

7:30 -7:50 p.m.

The World Premiere of the artistic cinematic short, We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman, is directed by Nadine Patterson, an award-winning independent writer, producer and director working at the crossroads of narrative and documentary cinema.

For this film, supported with a 2019 Leeway Foundation grant, Patterson created a meditation of resistance, history and nature around poetry written and read by Sonia Sanchez, internationally honored poet and scholar, and Professor Emerita of Temple University. The film was shot on location on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, along the UGRR Trail marked by the state, and in Philadelphia, where Tubman found refuge in a community of Free Blacks and Quakers.

“Professor Sonia Sanchez’s words speak to us today as many in America struggle to find their own liberation. The imagery is meant to heal and aid the viewer in reflection upon the text,” says Patterson, who earned her Master of Arts in Filmmaking at the prestigious London Film School and operates the Philadelphia production and consulting company Harmony Image Productions.

Patterson coordinates MoonDocs as the Documentary Film Strategist at the Center for Documentary Production and Study at Robert Morris University. Her films, including Moving With The Dreaming, Anna Russell Jones, Release and Tango Macbeth, have been screened widely on public television and at film festivals around the world. The only filmmaker selected for The Biennial 2000 at Philadelphia’s African American Museum, Patterson has earned awards at the National Educational Film/Video Festival, African American Women in the Arts Film/Video Competition and the National Black Programming Consortium, and curated the Trenton International Film Festival. Her work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Constellation Change Dance Film Festival in London.

Admission to the World Premiere and Director’s Talkback is free.

Just as Harriet Director Kasi Lemmons has shared how much she learned in the process of making Harriet, and the Theater and its  patrons are learning throughout the events of this opening weekend.  Today’s Harriet Screenings: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00.