Grandpa's House Film @ The Tatum Center

Posted May 31st, 2012 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Art Tatum African American Resource Center is scheduled to screen the short film, Grandpa’s House (32 minutes), from 3-4 p.m. this Saturday, June 2 at the Kent Branch Library @CCESS Center, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. The film was produced by Toledo natives Durand Alexander (Atlanta, GA) and Nick Ross (Columbus, OH).

Click here to view this Vimeo promo for Grandpa’s House:

Prior to the film, from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Alexander’s family will host a prayer brunch featuring speakers from the community titled Freedom From Violence. One of the speakers scheduled is Latriesha Alexander, whose son Romeo was shot and killed in December 2010 when he tried to prevent a break-in at her home. Romeo was the nephew of the “Grandpa’s House” director Durand Alexander.

Grandpa’s House is Alexander’s first film. He works in video production while writing his next film. The filmmakers’ story is an inspirational one: Both Ross and Alexander said they grew up in the Old West End during the turbulent crack era of the 1980s. Alexander said he struggled with school and staying focused while attending DeVilbiss High School. Alexander’s family encouraged the teen to move away from the environment that was damaging him. He ended up moving to Atlanta, where he found mentors and inspiration. He finished school and studied film at Georgia State. Alexander is scheduled to attend the screening on June 2 where he will discuss making the film and give away DVDs.

The film will be shown in the Kent Branch auditorium. The film is based on Grandpa (Ronald Crenshaw), who has grown weary of the liberties taken by his full-grown grandsons Keith and Kevin, who live with him and his wife. Grandpa uses all of his wisdom and wits to get them to grow up, become stable and independent and get out of his house.

This program is part of the Tatum Center’s ongoing series of programs and activities titled Forever Free: Reflections of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863).

For additional information visit, or event organizer Tiwana Alexander, 419-259-1666 or 419.259.5340

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