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"Lifetimes" A Film by Amber Love


Courtesy of Amber Love


‘LIFETIMES’ A SHORT DOCUMENTARY DIRECTED BY LANSING LOCAL, AMBER LOVE, TO HAVE HOMETOWN PREMIERE AT THE CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL


“Lifetimes,” a short documentary commissioned by PBS and Firelight Media, will have its local premiere at the Capital City Film Festival on April 7, 6pm at the Lansing Public Media Center (2500 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910). It will play before the documentary feature, “The Sun Rises in the East.”

“Lifetimes” features Lansing locals Rachel Willis and her mother, the late Robin Lewis. The film explores how their family has dedicated themselves to community service for three generations. It is directed by former Lansing resident Amber Love.

For tickets and more information: https://capitalcityfilmfest.com/event/the-sun-rises-in-the-east

FILM DESCRIPTION (SHORT) LIFETIMES meditates on the practical and emotional labor of fighting for racial equity long-term through a portrait of one family, encompassing four generations of Black community leaders in Lansing, MI.

FILM DESCRIPTION (LONG) For three generations, the Lewis family has been pushing for racial equity in the Midwest. Through an emphasis on sharing family history and the importance of local leadership, each generation of the Lewis family has been raised to contribute to their communities in their own way, even knowing they might not see the results of that labor in their own lifetime. Now, as Rachel Lewis runs for City Council, a new generation of Lewises is being exposed to the family’s long line of community organizing. Lifetimes is a meditation on the practical and emotional labor of fighting for racial equity long-term through a portrait of one family in Lansing, MI.

DIRECTOR BIO Amber Love is a filmmaker and festival programmer based in Chicago, IL. Her work has explored Afrofuturism, alternative families, and Black heritage, and has been supported by IF/Then, Short of the Week, Next Doc, and the Sundance Art of Editing Fellowship, as well as festivals across the country. Her forthcoming short film LIFETIMES, about a family of Black community leaders in Lansing, MI, is funded by the Firelight Homegrown: Future Visions initiative, and her upcoming feature ONE ANOTHER was selected for the Kartemquin 2022 Diverse Voices in Docs program. Amber is also part of the 2022-23 HBO and Gotham Documentary Development Initiative and is developing her second feature with HBO Documentary Films.

ABOUT THE FUNDERS This film was funded as part of an initiative supported by Firelight Media, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), and PBS. It is one of eight films in the HOMEGROWN: Future Visions collection.

More information about the initiative: https://firelightmedia.medium.com/firelight-media-pbs-and-caam-announce-filmmakers-s elected-for-new-collection-homegrown-future-8849e0d4d585

ADDITIONAL LINKS Film’s website: https://www.amberlove.org/lifetimes

Short trailer: https://vimeo.com/804432543

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