Celebrating TransAfrican Independence Day: ‘One Night in Brooklyn’

One Night in Brooklyn, a feature film project written and directed by Esosa Edosomwan, will tell the story about a group of bohemian Brooklynites who declare a TransAfrican Independence Day and throw a party to celebrate.

Photo: Phillis Kwendoh

Edosomwan, wanting to make a film in the vein of House Party (1990), School Daze (1988), and A Different World (1987) – a vein she saw missing of late – began writing the script for “our coming of age story, about a group of educated post college grads growing into their adulthood” in 2008.

TransAfricanness is central to the project.  “I really wanted to create something that showed a diverse group of brown skinned people, not just monolithic black people but the people I know in my real life,” says Edosomwan in the Indiegogo trailer,  “So we have a Nigerian-American, a girl who is Ethiopian-American, a girl from New Orleans who survived Hurricane Katrina, and a Dominican guy.  Everyone’s very specific and has specific culture and flavor, and that’s a huge part of why I created One Night in Brooklyn.”

The filmmakers are hoping to go into full production in July 2012, and have kicked off a fundraising effort in February to meet this goal. You can also keep up with the film on their facebook page and on twitter.

This is the first feature film project by Edosomwan, who has directed the short films Simple As Blk and White (2008) as well as 50 Bucks in Argentina (2007).

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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