TRACY “TWINKIE” BYRD’S POWERFUL DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, “THE COUNTER: 1960” SELECTED TO BE SCREENED AT PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL

 

 

TRACY “TWINKIE” BYRD’S POWERFUL DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, “THE COUNTER: 1960” SELECTED TO BE SCREENED AT PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd’s “The Counter: 1960” illustrates underrepresented narratives
and boldly sparks dialogue of racial equality

 

WHO: After 27 years of working as casting director for famous music videos,
TV, and films including Being Mary Jane, Fruitvale Station and
Southside With You, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd releases her first film as a
director, writer and producer, The Counter: 1960.

WHAT: The Counter: 1960 is a short film inspired by and motivated to
bridge between all races, cultures and generations. Co-written and coproduced
by Ashley Jackson and produced by Kimberly L. Ogletree,
The Counter: 1960 hopes to create a change within the film industry
by bringing light to such less represented narratives.

 

The film has been selected for screening in the 26th Annual Pan
African Film Festival (PAFF), the Hollywood Reel Independent Film
Festival, as well as the 10th Annual Jaipur International Film Festival
in India. In addition, it has received Gold and Silver Awards at the LA
Shorts Awards and the NYC Indie Film Awards in 2017.

About the film:
Based off of a true story, the film begins with three North Caroline
University students, Joseph (Jerod Haynes), Diane (Ashley Jackson),
and Franklin (Etienne Maurice), who are completely frustrated by a
constant string of police killing of unarmed black youth. They decide
to meet and think of what it is students like them can do to contribute
to positive change. The film’s plotline unravels through a bridging
between different temporal backgrounds and settings.

WHERE: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Rave 15 Cinemas
3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

WHEN: Opening Night & Red Carpet:
Thu, February 8th @ 8PM
Screenings: Tue, February 13th @ 6:25PM
Thu, February 15th @ 3:30 PM

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