‘N’kisi Concorde’

‘N’kisi Concorde’

Screens at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets are $10, $9 for DIA members and seniors.

Detroit artists Olayami Dabls and Dmytro Szylak create very different types of art and are very different types of men, yet they are connected by the passion and zeal with which they make their neighborhoods brighter. Director Nikki Sass jumps back and forth between their captivating stories while presenting gorgeously composed images of their art.

At his MBAD African Bead Museum on Grand River, Dabls uses donated materials like paint, tile, metal, mirrors, wood, and, of course, beads to educate the community about the collision between African and European culture. Since 1992, Ukrainian emigre Szylak has been creating and maintaining a 30-foot-tall backyard installation of hand-carved and assembled mechanical toys that the community has lovingly nicknamed Hamtramck Disneyland. His whimsical work lies in sharp contrast to his back story, which involves living in Germany and the Nazi-occupied Ukraine during World War II.

Both artists represent a do-it-yourself aesthetic that is uniquely Detroit. Michigan premiere.

AFTER THE FILM: There will be a Q&A featuring the film’s subjects, Olayami Dabls and Dmytro Szylak.

Year: 2014
Running time: 1 hour, 8 minutes
Rating: Not rated; nothing objectionable
Director: Nikki Sass
Writer: Nikki Sass
Cinematographer: Brittin Richter
Editors: Nikki Sass
Producers: Brittin Richter, Nikki Sass
Production company: Hot Tonya
Film festivals: Bahamas International Film Festival (2014), Cinema on the Bayou (2015), DocFeed (2015)