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On Friday Aug. 20 the Act Now Foundation will host a fundraiser for the documentary-in-progress, "Footsteps of our Fathers" by Cecil Carter (pictured).

The film is a worldwide exploration of Carnival. Over the last three years, Carter has traced the roots of the present-day West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to Africa in the 1500s.

The benefit, which begins at 6:30 pm, will include a 15-minute piece of footage from the doc, a slide show by Carter, hors d’oeuvres (from countries mentioned in the documentary) and live music.

According to Act Now Foundation Executive Director Aaron Ingram, the proceeds from the event will be applied to post-production costs of completing the film such as editing, transcriptions, translations and music rights. The foundation hopes to raise $35,000 by the end of 2004 and to premiere the film in the winter of 2005.

Act Now, a non-profit with a mission to support theater and film projects about the minority experience in the U.S., was created in January; "Footsteps of our Fathers" is Act Now’s first project, said Ingram.

"’Footsteps of our Fathers’ is an elegantly told, beautifully filmed journey of self-discovery, and with our mission statement in mind, Act Now is proud to participate in the journey and to bring this project to its fruition," said Ingram.

The event will be held at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford St. between Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place in Fort Greene. Suggested donation: $15. For more information, call (212) 414-5144 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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