MoCo Native Natalie Jasmine Harris Debuted Her Film, Grace, at 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Natalie Jasmine Harris is a Black, queer filmmaker who is a native of Montgomery County, MD (Silver Spring). Her film, Grace, was selected for the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. According to a kickstarter for the finishing funds of the movie, it is described as “A Black Southern Gothic narrative short film set in the 1950s about a young girl named Grace coming into her womanhood and sexuality.”

According to her website, Harris is currently based in NYC. “She received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a filmmaker, her work spans narrative, documentary, and experimental forms but is centered around a mission to tell stories that capture coming-of-age experiences, showcase Black joy, and reimagine liberation for marginalized communities.”

Natalie’s NYU thesis film, “PURE,” received The 2020 Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award and screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide including BFI Flare, ABFF, NewFest, Outfest, and The Hamptons International Film Festival. In February 2022, the short film was acquired for distribution by HBO and is available to stream on Max

Natalie’s talent and vision have not gone unnoticed. In December 2022, she was recognized by The Alice Initiative, earning a spot on their prestigious 2022 List of Emerging Female Directors. Additionally, she was a 2022 Creative Culture Filmmaking Fellow at The Jacob Burns Film Center, showcasing her commitment to storytelling and artistic growth.

Beyond her independent projects, Natalie is also making waves as an emerging commercial director, having lent her creative prowess to campaigns for Hyundai and Verizon. Her work has garnered attention from publications such as Teen Vogue, THEM Magazine, Huffington Post, The Cut, and NBC, solidifying her place as a powerful voice in film and media.

WTOP reported that Harris hopes to show Grace at more festivals and land a distribution deal for the film.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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