Filmmaker Ephraim Asili and Poet Sonia Sanchez Present Their New Collaboration, “Inheritance” [Berkshire on Stage]
Hudson Valley filmmaker Ephraim Asili is in residence at EMPAC at RPI in Troy to develop his first feature-length film, “Inheritance.” At 7pm tonight (Tuesday, January 23), Asili will present a free live performance of scenes from the film, including a cast of actors and Philadelphia poet, activist, and scholar of the Black Arts Movement, Sonia Sanchez.
Based on real events, “Inheritance” centers around a house in West Philadelphia that the film’s protagonist inherits and transforms into an urban collective for activists of color. Shot predominantly inside the house, the film’s tension builds as day-to-day domestic issues compete with the collective’s political agenda. The increasingly claustrophobic drama unfolds as the group attempts to live together and find consensus through Black political discourse and social philosophy — a commitment that climaxes in explosive action.
Asili is currently in residence to develop the film’s script before shooting begins later this year. Tonight’s event will offer the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production, an opportunity to discuss the project with Asili and EMPAC curator Victoria Brooks, and will feature a live three-act performance of scenes from the film, as well as a reading by Sanchez.