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BelleMoon Productions

presents


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Senegal’s Official Entry to the 2014 Academy Awards

U.S. Premiere in NYC at MIST Harlem--Oct 6-13th
Multi-Award-Winning Film TEY (Today) by Alain Gomis Starring Saul Williams (Slam) Launches its U.S. Theatrical Run
on Sunday, October 6th!

Red Carpet Premiere with Director and Stars in the Heart of Little Senegal

MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street (Lenox & 5th Avenues)



“Spiritual, soulful and captivating” – Hollywood Reporter
“Williams is a solid presence anchoring the movie with great ease” - Variety

NEW YORK, NY -- September 23, 2013 -- In a tradition where death warns its arrival, Tey recounts the journey of one man’s last day on earth. The role is Saul William’s first lead since SLAM, fifteen years ago. Despite scant dialogue, Williams, acclaimed African American poet, writer, musician and performance artist, brilliantly plays Satché -- a man determined to bid a transcendent farewell to his community, family, friends, lover, and wife .

Tey makes its U.S. premiere following acclaimed screenings at film festivals around the world, premiering in Berlin in 2012. Tey has traveled to over 50 festivals internationally and has won over two dozen prizes including Seattle International’s Emerging Masters Award for best director; Del Primio CittaVenezia Award at the Venice Film Festival; and the Golden Stallion at FESPACO for best film and best actor – a first for Senegal and a first for an American actor. Tey is released by BelleMoon Productions a San Francisco based company. The film will be available in selected theaters around the U.S., October 6th - November 6th, 2013. The U.S. premiere and theatrical run is at MIST Harlem. The film will make its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York’s MIST Harlem Cinema on Sunday, October 6th in partnership with the Creatively Speaking Film Series.

Tey is a powerful fairy tale. In a village outside Dakar, the gods, the stars, or destiny, have spoken -- Satché must die by the end of the day. A countdown to his transition, it is a reverse journey to birth – a joyous celebration feted by his community, as if he were a saint. Chosen to disappear, Satché soon finds himself set apart from those closest to him, in beautiful scenes that seek to show those elements of friendship, desire, sadness, affection and anger that are usually left unsaid.

Satché’s journey from the U.S. back to his native Senegal mirrors director Alain Gomis’ own personal story. Born in France to a French mother and Senegalese father, Gomis says about Tey: “For me it’s a voyage… The film was shot in Dakar, this city I love, where I come from… I want(ed) to create suspense with simple moments… an adventure, a film about reconciliation with death -- it’s a dream of life.”

Alain Gomis was born in Paris in 1972 to a French mother and Senegalese father. He directed several short films before shooting his debut feature L’Afrance in 2001, which won awards including the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the Silver Leopard in Locarno. The film focuses on the character El-Hadj Diop, a Senegalese student whose residency in Paris is nearing its expiration. TEY is Gomis’ third feature, and premiered to great acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival 2012. The film just recently won the prestigious Golden Stallion at the FESPACO 2013 for best film and best actor, a first for Senegal and a first for an American actor.

Saul Williams was born in 1972 in Newburgh, New York. He is one of the most well known figures of the hip-hop generation as a poet, actor, rapper, singer and musician. He is recognized for his blend of slam poetry and hip-hop and for his leading role in the film Slam, Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 1998.

Trailer available online at: http://vimeo.com/67658154

FILM DIRECTOR AND ACTORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS – Contact: Steffan.tey@bellemoonproductions.com

ADVANCE SCREENERS ARE AVAILABLE – Contact: Steffan.tey@bellemoonproductions.com

ARTWORK AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

TEY synopsis:

Tey is a powerful fairy tale. In a village outside Dakar, the gods, the stars, or destiny, have spoken -- Satché must die by the end of the day. A countdown to his transition, it is a reverse journey to birth – a joyous celebration feted by his community, as if he were a saint. Chosen to disappear, Satché soon finds himself set apart from those closest to him in beautiful scenes that seek to show elements of friendship, desire, sadness, affection and anger that are usually left unsaid. Satché’s journey from the U.S. back to his native Senegal, mirrors director Alain Gomis’ own personal story -- born in France to a French mother and Senegalese father, but deeply bound to Dakar, a city that he loves.

In French and Wolof with English Subtitles. 88 minutes.

CAST:

Satché -- Saul Williams

Rama  -- Anisia Uzeyman

Nella -- Aïssa Maïga

Sélé -- Djolof Mbengue

L’oncle -- Thierno Ndiaye Doss

CONTACT:

Commercial screenings: Guetty Felin Bellemoonproductions@gmail.com

Educational Screenings: Alain Kasanda apkass@hotmail.com

Community screenings: Natalie Teter natalie.tey@bellemoonproductions.com

Screeners, press screenings and interviews: Steffan Horowitz Steffan.tey@bellemoonproductions.com

Media related issues NY: Michelle Materre & Alice Backer: films@creativelyspeaking.tv

Phone contact: 415-375-0670 or 415-935-7013


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ABOUT CREATIVELY SPEAKING
Creatively Speaking is a monthly curated film series offering a diverse forum that highlights independent film by and/or about people of color.
http://www.creativelyspeaking.tv/home/


ABOUT BELLEMOON PRODUCTIONS
BelleMoon Productions LLC., is a very independent, emerging and dynamic multimedia company created in 2007. We are dedicated to the development, production and distribution of untold stories through compelling narrative features, documentary films, and other hybrid formats, which cross cultural and linguistic barriers.
http://bellemoonproductions.com

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