Opera on Film: DWB (DRIVING WHILE BLACK)
Part of Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on Film series
DWB (DRIVING WHILE BLACK)
DU’BOIS A’KEEN, CAMRY A’KEEN | USA | 2021 | 42 MIN | NR | ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Filmmakers Du’Bois and Camry A’Keen’s 2021 adaptation of Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel’s one-woman opera incorporates elements of dance, music video production, and intimate storytelling. DWB (DRIVING WHILE BLACK) is a montage of poetic and haunting moments examining the trials and triumphs Black mothers experience as their children come of age in a society plagued by racism and inequality.
Cast: Karen Slack, Yeman Brown, Tweet Kay, Nicole Morris
SOUL (SIGNS): OPERA
KEVIN NEWBURY, BRANDON KAZEN-MADDOX, JAMES MATTHEW DANIEL | USA | 2022 | 22 MIN | NR | ENGLISH, ITALIAN, & ASL W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A series of three 2022 short films exploring the intersection of opera and American Sign Language, featuring arias from Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE, Terence Blanchard’s CHAMPION: AN OPERA IN JAZZ, and Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s BREAKING THE WAVES.
Cast: Dickie Hearts, Brandon Kazen-Maddox, John Taylor Ward, Jordan Rutter, Andrew Morill, Alberto Medero, Markel Reed, Monique Holt, Kiera Duffy