Tuesday, April 3, 2018 / 5:15-8:15 PM / 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
Join us at Holy Names University for opening night of the 16th annual Oakland International Film Festival(OIFF)! Enjoy a great film, conversation with the film director and other special guests, a networking reception with music. This opening night program is presented by the Oakland Film Society and the HNU Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute in partnership with the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series and the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Chicago harbors many scars for Orr Academy’s basketball team. There’s the abandoned house where Tyquone’s friends were murdered, the corner where Coach Lou was shot, and the alley where his teammate Marquise was arrested for gun possession. Tyquone seeks refuge between the lines of the basketball court. With Coach Lou as his guide, their eyes are set on a championship. But Tyquone wants more, and grapples with dreams bigger than Chicago can offer.
Dustin Nakao Haider is a Chicago-born filmmaker now based between Miami and Brooklyn. A co-founder of the production collective Bogie, Dustin has directed short documentaries on Jay Z and Robinson Cano. Most recently he completed work as a creative producer at Sports Illustrated for their film 89 Blocks, executive produced by Lebron James. He is a Fellow of Film Independent’s Documentary Lab as well as a recipient of the Sundance Institute | ESPN Films award for his first feature film, Shot in the Dark. This film is executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper, and being distributed via Fox Sports.
Tunisia M. Owens is policy director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, and a passionate advocate on issues of Black economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion, criminal justice reform, education equity, and the fight against commercial sexual exploitation of youth. Prior to joining the Ella Baker Center, she was a diplomat proudly representing the United States in Africa, the Middle East, and South America. She holds a B.A. in political science and economics from Spelman College, a joint master’s degree in public policy and urban/regional planning from Princeton University, and a juris doctorate degree from the Hastings College of the Law at UC Berkeley.
5:15-7:00 pm Film screening
7:00-7:30 pm Conversation with filmmaker and other guests
7:30-8:15 pm Networking reception catered by Epicurean
FREE for HNU students with school ID
$10 HNU alumnae/i - discounted rate available at the door
$15 General admission - Click here to purchase tickets online
Holy Names University (HNU) is located at 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619. This event will be held in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA) at HNU. Click on the following links for driving directions and campus map. (VCPA is marked "D" on the map.) Please note that parking in the "Main Parking Lot" at the VCPA is limited. Additional parking is available in the "Lower Parking Lot" on the north side of campus, and also outside the campus gate along Mountain Boulevard.
Questions? Contact Prof. Chiho Sawada (firstname.lastname@example.org), executive director of the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute.
We would like to thank the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series and the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Thanks also to the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) and the Political Science and Historical Studies Program at Holy Names University.