Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Two Films by Fay Hauser-Price Screen during the National Black Theatre Festival at the Central Library in Winston-Salem on July 31, 2013

Lia Chang, Louis Price and Fay Hauser Price at the 25th annual James Stephens III Scholarship Foundation Gala at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, SC on May 4, 2013.

Lia Chang, Louis Price and Fay Hauser Price at the 25th annual James Stephens III Scholarship Foundation Gala at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, SC on May 4, 2013.

Fay Hauser-Price, former Winston-Salem resident, star of “Roots: The Next Generation”, “The Young and The Restless”, “Good Times” and “Candy Man II”, brings two short films to the National Black Theatre Festival’s film arm. “It’s always good to come home and share what I have learned and experienced in my years of acting and directing on the national stage. And I look forward to sharing my directing talents with the community who nurtured me, ” said Hauser-Price.

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, check out the free screenings of the two films, Where There’s Smoke… (3 minutes) and 5150 (30 minutes), the first at 12:05pm and the second at 1:20pm in the Central Library at 660 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The full schedule of films can be found at There are also trailers for the films that can be viewed on the site.Fay_hauser_Price4
Where There’s Smoke…, starring Kofi Natei and Gayle Brown, with narration by Fay Hauser-Price, is 3 minutes packed with suspense, reflection, love and politics set in the turbulence of 1977 America as the black and white community struggled race relations nationally and in South Africa. Nelson Mandela is imprisoned and the characters, an African American and a South African, struggle with the most effective method of liberation. War or peace? What should she do? A provocative cinematic exploration into the consequence of the choices we make for love.

Where There’s Smoke… was shot on 35 mm Kodak film. The challenge was to shoot a compelling and complex story using only 1,000 ft of film, a total of about 10 minutes worth of processed film. “I was up to the challenge with my impressionistic approach to Where There’s Smoke,” said Hauser-Price.
5150, a contemporary tale, stars Randa Walker & Vanessa Williams. This film examines what happens when you get entangled in the “system”. When the authorities restrain you and you feel it is unjustified. How will you react? Will you rage outward? Will you turn your anger inside in personal destruction? Or do you change yourself in order to effectively change the system? And what part does sincere prayer and meditation play in your own healing and effectiveness?

Amid a menagerie of strange characters, while being held for 72 hours in a mental hospital, Joi Devereux learns what it takes to maintain sanity and win back her freedom to live in the outside world.

“Shooting this film was a joy! The cast and crew were exceptional as we worked on this “no-budget” film, shared director Hauser-Price. “The results can stand side by side with other higher budgeted projects. It just shows that if there is a will, there is a way to get your ideas out there.”

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. This summer she will appear as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Penwah, July 30-August 1, 2013.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Celebrity Actress, Pauletta Pearson Washington returns home to North Carolina starring at 2013 National Black Theatre festival with Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street,” Willie Dynamite) and all star cast in Lorey Hayes’ award-winning “Power Play”, a play about Politics, Passion and The Power of God
Video: Power Play’s Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang on The Carmen Mathis Show
Photos: Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss Starring André De Shields Featured in Encore Performances at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 30-August 1, 2013
Photos: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, John Earl Jelks, Leslie Uggams, Anthony Chisholm, S. Epatha Merkerson, Taraji P. Henson, Jesse L. Martin, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon and More Set for August Wilson American Century Cycle Recording Series at The Greene Space in NY, Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 2013
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Grantham Coleman, Jeremy Pope, and Wallace Smith Set for MTC’s World Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, June 18- July 21, 2013
Photos: David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad Opening Night
Production Photos: Mary Zimmerman-helmed Disney’s The Jungle Book featuring Two-Time Tony Nominee André De Shields, Nehal Joshi, Akash Chopra, Govind Kumar and More at The Goodman, Extends Through August 11, 2013
Here Lies Love, Starring Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles, Extends at The Public through July 28, 2013

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