Our longtime collaborator and Emmy-Award winning director, Cam Be is getting ready to premiere his first feature length film here in the Chi. It’s called The Exchange, a documentary following 5 southside Chicago students to Germany.
After one watch of the quick trailer above, I get a true #GowhereYouLove vibe from these students who discover the welcoming worlds not only outside their neighborhoods but outside the country. You can begin to see they discover more about themselves and their creativity in just the brief clips above. Of course, some of the shots themselves are very crisp with Cam behind the lens. One of my favorite Add-2 songs “Get Up Get Down” brings in the trailer too, giving it a true Chicago feel.
Lookin’ forward to seeing the full film! Here are the details on the Chicago premiere, after limited screenings already across the world.
The Black Cinema House will host the Chicago premiere of the Cam Be directed documentary “The Exchange,” a film following five black male high school students from Chicago’s south side traveling with a program called Passport Carriers to Kassel, Germany. The film explores the origins of this program which utilizes passports as a tool for empowering inner city youth. Supported by artist Theaster Gates, the students attend the German art exhibition dOCUMENTA13 and reflect on how the experience transforms their understanding of community and global citizenship.
The Exchange is the first feature length film for director Cam Be, co-produced alongside Keenan Allen, Vladimir Ladouceur, Yaw Agyeman. The soundtrack was composed by Khari Lemuel with addition music by Chicago emcee Add-2.
Schedule and Photo Opportunities:
The screening will take place at the Black Cinema House, located at 7200 S. Kimbark, on Sunday, November 15th. Attendees are asked to RSVP in advance. Please note that we cannot guarantee seats for attendees who do not RSVP.
RSVP online here: goo.gl/df7inh
3:30 p.m. Doors Open
4 p.m. Screening
5 p.m. Discussion [photo opportunity]
5:30 p.m. Music performance by The Ones/Add-2
Black Cinema House: Designed as a beer distribution warehouse, repurposed as an incubator for future filmmakers, Black Cinema House, a program of Rebuild Foundation, hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about people of the African diaspora – and free video and photography workshops.
More information at: http://rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com/black-cinema-house/
Cam Be received an Emmy Award in 2012 with NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ) “About Last Night.” Before focusing on films Cam worked mainly in television, music videos, and promotional pieces, doing work for NBC and BET. He received his bachelors in Communication from Trinity International University before going on to study film at The New York Film Academy and Columbia College Chicago.
The five students featured in the documentary are: Raymond Roundtree, Nkosi Barber, Demarjio Irving, Anthony Parker, and Miguel DeBerry.
UNRELATED: Cam was in the studio with Dr. Dre last night.