MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The City of Mount Vernon is hosting the second annual Mount Vernon Film Festival Thursday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 27.
“We teamed up this year with the Picture House Regional Film Center, formerly known as the Pelham Picture House. Mount Vernon natives, singer Al B. Sure and filmmaker Osiris Imhotep will be a part of this year’s festivities in order to celebrate, inspire and support the wealth of talent coming out of the Mount Vernon community,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis.
The festival will feature over 65 films from nine different countries, beginning with the opening night film, “I’ll Always Love My Ma Ma,” a film by Imhotep, a Mount Vernon native. The special advance screening is courtesy of Osirian Pictures. A red carpet reception will take place Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Doles Center Theater in Mount Vernon.
“I’ll Always Love My Ma Ma,” written, produced and directed by Imhotep, tells the story of what a mother will do to save her family and fight to keep her community safe from pre-teen killers. Cast of the film will be present. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; film starts at 7:30 p.m.
“As a filmmaker who has traveled around the world to various film festivals, it’s a labor of love seeing this happen in my hometown,” said Imhotep. “The festival will afford young people an opportunity to be engaged with other filmmakers on a level that I never had at their age.”
On Friday, Sept. 25, the life of singer, songwriter and radio personality Al B. Sure will be screened prior to television airing on TV One. The show depicts his rise in the music industry and includes scenes filmed in Mount Vernon. Sure, the recognizable voice behind the first segments of the series “Unsung,” is a former Mount Vernon High School quarterback.
The Mount Vernon Film Festival is an initiative of Mount Vernon Film Festival/The People’s Media Music & Arts Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization whose objective is to promote awareness in independent music, media and art across the globe while encouraging those to develop a greater appreciation and understanding for cultural diversity in film.
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