“Movement With A Meaning”, producer Jim Crum’s documentary film about the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, will have its world premiere at the 15th annual “Dances With Films Festival” on Friday June 1, at 2:45 pm at the Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood.
Festival producers described the documentary as: ”A unique, behind the scenes look at Los Angeles’ Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) – the leading African American dance company west of the Mississippi – and their staging of a ballet piece based on the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem “We Wear the Mask,” a stinging indictment of the Stepin Fetchit roles African Americans were forced to play in order to “get by.” “Known worldwide through their international performances, everything Lula Washington and her company stands for comes together in their production of “We Wore the Mask.”
Jim Crum, an award-winning documentary film producer, followed Lula Washington for six months as she rehearsed “We Wore The Mask”, for the dance company’s 30th anniversary season. Crum, who had just retired from CBS, undertook the project as a labor of love after seeing the dance company in concert and being deeply moved.
Film festival producers selected “Movement With A Meaning” from almost 1,500 submissions. The Chinese theater is located on the 3rd floor of the Hollywood and Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the theater or online at the Dances With Film website: www.danceswithfilms.com/slate_movementwmeaning.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre will next perform “We Wore The Mask” for Dance St. Louis’s Spring To Dance Festival on Friday, May 24 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. It will also be performed on Saturday, May 25 at the Edison Theater in Saint Louis as part of the Black Dance USA Festival.