Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition
Director: Gemal Woods
In category: Documentary


Exact Runtime 
00 hr : 25 min : 30 sec

Date of Completion 
June 2011

Country of Production 





Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models. The ceremony at this New Orleans barbershop was created by Dr. Andre Perry and Wilbert ‘Chill’ Wilson as a way to strengthen communities struggling with crime, poverty and alarming high school drop out rates. Cultural traditions have been the cornerstone of African communities for centuries. Close Ties examines the impact of this new tradition and shows us how tying a necktie — an act associated with men who embody professionalism and prestige — can inspire high school boys to commit to a life of achievement and success. 



Screening Time & Venue


Time / Date



12:30 PM     Sun, Oct 30

screens with

Young Gifted & Black

Agree to Disagree(48:19)



Laemmle Sunset 5: Theater 4

$12.50 Matinee