Join the Alameda Social Club as we bring a Film Festival experience to Alameda. We have arranged for a private screening of Positive Negatives, The Photography of David Johnson.
This amazing film uses Johnson's photography to tell the story of his journey to discover and master his craft while dealing with all of the social challenges of the times. David Johnson has the distinction of being Ansel Adams' first African-American student at the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), now known as the venerable San Francisco Art Institute.
David Johnson used his camera to not only tell his story but to capture images that are so candid and honest that they clearly depict the spirit and mood of the time.
Included in Johnson's artistic vision was his desire to depict people positively in the presence of discrimination, thus capturing the emotions of the Civil Rights movement.
He has deep roots here in the Bay Area and spent a considerable amount of time in the Fillmore District of San Francisco and even lived in Alameda for a period as he worked at the Alameda Naval Base. Johnson's amazing eye for detail and passion for truth has made him a respected and regarded photographer for over 40 years.
You will be in awe as you see and hear his story which has been featured in the following film festivals:
The San Diego Black Film Festival
The San Francisco International Women's Film Festival
The Sacramento Film Festival
The Tiburon International Film Festival and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
To elevate the experience, the director of the film, Mindy Steiner will also be present to participate in a Q&A.
Cost: $10. Appetizers will be enjoyed after the first screening and during the Q&A.
A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Frank Bette Center for the Arts.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 26.
Doors open: 6 p.m.
First screening: 6:30 p.m.
Second screening: 7:15 p.m.
Q&A with film director, Mindy Steiner to follow.