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A Long Walk
2013-14 Hodder Fellow, Chinonye Chukwu, to Screen Latest Film

Chinonye Chukwu, a 2013-14 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, will screen her most recent short film, A Long Walk, on Wednesday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street.

The film is an adaptation of Samuel Autman’s short story “A Walk Through the Neighborhood,” which Autman himself will read following the screening. A conversation on filmmaking, adaptation, and acting between Chukwu, Autman, and Colman Domingo, who stars in the film, will conclude the event, which is free and open to the public.

Autman described the story in a recent HuffPost blog: “When I was ten years old in the summer of 1977, I was standing outside in St. Louis playing Nerf football in the streets with other neighborhood boys when we heard the loud thud of a door slam. Our game stopped. We all looked up to see Steve, a kid who was eight or nine years old, being pulled by the arm, out of the house by his father. Steve's dad had caught him applying make-up and lipstick on his face. To punish him, his father paraded Steve through the neighborhood wearing an oversized dress, high heels, a turban and a carrying a gigantic purse. His dad followed him with a belt dangling from his fist.” A Long Walk was filmed in Camden, New Jersey.

chukwu headshotChukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director. A 2009 recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, her debut feature film, AlaskaLand, was selected to screen globally, including at the Chicago International Film Festival and the New York African Festival at Lincoln Center. Chukwu’s short film, The Dance Lesson, premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and was later licensed by mindTV for regional network distribution. The film was also a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards. A Long Walk has been produced, directed, and edited during her time as a Hodder Fellow.

Autman is a member of the creative writing faculty at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he specializes in teaching courses in the personal essay and journalism. His own essay “A Dash of Pepper in the Snow” won the Tara Masih Intercultural Essay contest sponsored by the Soul Making Literary Competition in San Francisco. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012, it appears in The Chalk Circle: Prizewinning Intercultural Essays. Autman's essays have also appeared in Under the Gum Tree, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, Postcard Memoirs, I'm Black and I Travel, The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.

Domingo is a stage and film actor who has received an OBIE Award for his work in the musical Passing Strange; Lucille Lortel and GLAAD awards for his solo show A Boy and His Soul; and a Tony nomination for the final Kander and Ebb collaboration, The Scottsboro Boys. He is currently starring in a revival of The Scottsboro Boys at London’s Young Vic in London; he made his London theatrical debut with a revival of A Boy and His Soul at the Tricycle Theatre. Domingo has also appeared in many feature films including Lee Daniels’ The Butler, with Forrest Whittaker and Oprah Winfrey; Phil Morrison’s All Is Bright, with Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd; and Shaka King’s Sundance Indie favorite Newlyweeds.

Chukwu watches Jibreel Mawry through a monitor during the production of A Long Walk. Photo courtesy Chinonye Chukwu


Link to photos:
Photo caption 1:  Chinonye Chukwu, a 2013-14 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, will screen her latest film, A Long Walk.
Photo credit 1:  Photo by Hannan Saleh Photography
Photo caption 2:  A still from Chinonye Chukwu’s latest film, A Long Walk, based on the Samuel Autman short story “A Walk Through the Neighborhood”
Photo credit 2:  Still from the film

Related Information

Huffington Post: From Page to Screen 
A blog by Chinonye: my journey as a filmmaker 

Event Information

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

4:30 p.m.

Discussion with author Samuel Autman and star Colman Domingo will follow

James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street

Free and open to the public



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