our Mission

The Luminal is a site-specific microcinema to-be located in the heart of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) community as a single-screen venue ready to service the diverse and growing population of filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and multimedia artists and companies. 

While open to all cultures and film-types, the primary mission of The Luminal is to provide fully-curated exhibitions of diverse cinema and media of the African diaspora (African-American, African, Caribbean, Afro-European, etc.) allowing these artists to present their work to existing and new audiences. Going forward, it will be an arts facility to serve this underserved community, as similar spaces do not cater to their audiences.

In a rapidly-changing Bed-Stuy, our mission is to keep Black art alive,  through the cinematic arts. 

Our initial pop-up theater space presented programs throughout the Summer of 2015 and was supported in part by the Media Arts Department of Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus.  We are currently in plans to find our permanent location. 

In making these films and filmmakers accessible beyond film festivals and web-based services, and viewed in a collective environment as cinema is best utilized as a shared audience experience, both our present-day screenings and eventual permanent location will serve as meeting space for multiple disciplines of artists and art-minded people which the neighborhood attracts in abundance.  

film Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions (online screeners only!) for films to be shown for select curated Luminal Theater events. All interested parties please contact us at luminaltheater@gmail.com with:

  • your film title
  • total running time
  • short synopsis
  • screener link or trailer


Curtis Caesar John (Executive Director) has an extensive history in cinema and media.  A graduate of both New York University and Long Island University - Brooklyn, along with founding The Luminal Theater he also currently serves as a Programmer-at-Large for BAMcinematek at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, at which he also programs the quarterly Caribbean Film Series (in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy).  He recently served as Media Programmer for the multicultural movie & music app Project Catalyst, and as  Festival Director of New Voices in Black Cinema, a popular film festival he co-founded, which takes place annually at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, NY. A filmmaker, film historian, and culture critic, Curtis also curates and produces tri-state based film events.

Jacqui Brown (Sr. Programmer)

Cherelle Wells (Social Media Coordinator)

*We are continuously seeking more volunteers dedicated to film art to support our events.

Please feel free to contact us at luminaltheater@gmail.com with your resume or interest letter.