Friday July 29th, 2016

films  - 8pm

afterparty begins at 11:00pm

Opera House Lofts
27 Arion Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Saturday 9/26

2pm, 5pm

BLACK ORPHEUS (Orfeu negro, 1959)

Directed by Marcel Camus
With Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, and Adhemer Feirrera da Silva as Death

Recreating the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice within the twentieth-century favelas of Brazil during the Rio de Janeiro carnival, this winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or is a vibrant tour de force. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning during the late 1960’s.
 

​Eventbrite Advanced payment - 2pm - Black Orpheus
Eventbrite Advanced payment - 5pm - Black Orpheus


The Luminal & Bondfire Radio team up to host the Indie Movie Night first-rate short films & new media from an array of local and national filmmakers & artists!

Q&A hosted by The Luminal's  Curtis Caesar John



Wednesday 9/23
Private Event


Thursday 9/24

7pm

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
directed by Carolyn Y. Johnson

African-American freedom is the focus of this film about on Juneteenth, June 19, the African-American Emancipation Day, which originated in Texas in 1865 and celebrates the liberation of slaves in some states of the Confederacy. The testimonials of the current participants in this event and their poignant recollections of those past, inspired the need to record the dynamic and significance of a century old continuous expression of culture.


 Eventbrite Advanced payment - JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

Thursday 9/03

7pm

Night of Naija Films


OYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA!
Directed by Seyi Adebanjo

@SeyiAdebanjo

Journey with Queer Gender Non Conforming Nigerian Seyi Adebanjo on a return home to speak directly with ancestors and connect with Òrìsà (African God/dess) tradition, following a trail back to the powerful legacy of Seyi’s great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Oloya.

ETU & NAGO: THE YORUBA CONNECTION

​Directed by Morenike Olabunmi      

@MOlabunmi


The story of a select group of Jamaicans living in the western parishes whose Yoruba/Nago ancestors arrived in Jamaica as indentured servants during the 1840’s. 


Eventbrite advanced payment 9/3

Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation gives an inside look of how boldness, sex appeal and stardom affected the life of an R&B sensation. 

In the early 1990s R&B music was dominated by the squeaky clean and elegant images of Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and En Vogue. As the decade progressed the genre became a bit more risky as male artists such as R.Kelly, Jodeci, Silk and H-Town sexed their way to the top of the pop charts. In 1995, an unknown singer by the name of Adina Howard expressed sexuality from a young, black, feminine and most importantly dominant perspective, when she released the single “Freak Like Me.”

Never before had a solo, African American, R&B artist, who happened to be a woman, scored mainstream success while discussing her sexual prowess as well as what she demands out of the performance of her male counterpart. 

In this new film from director Gezus Zaire, twenty years after her smash success and eventual descent, Adina discusses her debut appearance on BET, having her music video banned by the same network, being casted for “Waiting to Exhale,” her relationship with rap icon Tupac Shakur and influencing some of the biggest artists of our time such as Rihanna and Beyoncé...and so much more.  

Q&A with director Gezus Zaire and 
a special video welcome message from Adina Howard!


                           Advance tix available at: bit.ly/Adina20-LT

SPECIAL EVENT!

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 12

7pm!

LUMINAL THEATER 

9/02-9/06/2015


$5 general admission, unless otherwise noted

Saturday 9/19


A Right to Matter, Jamaican Style
A series of films that represent the power of the people of Jamaica and their continuous struggle to right the wrongs of the effects of past and present Western colonization on modern Caribbean culture. 

 
2pm

ETU & NAGO: THE YORUBA CONNECTION

Directed by Morenike Olabunmi

The documentary story of a select group of Jamaicans living in the western parishes whose Yoruba/Nago ancestors arrived in Jamaica as indentured servants during the 1840’s.


CAPTURELAND
Directed by nabil elderkin
A short film inspired by the words of the late Nelson Mandela, and the hit single ‘Capture Land’ by reggae superstar Chronixx’s from his Dread and Terrible Project, CaptureLand brings a philosophical view to the life of a Rastafarian Jamaican longing for a change to his life, while showcasing the beauty of Jamaica through its landscape and culture.

The film was shot in early November 2014 in the very welcoming and historic community or Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica.

 CAPTURELAND + ETU & NAGO advance tickets 9/19



3:30p

THE PRICE OF MEMORY
Directed by Karen Mafundikwa  
@KarenMediaMaker

In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. While there she was petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations, dues linked to a desire to move back to the homeland of their African ancestors who were brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit filed against the Queen, amidst stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s, and who undertook a historic mission to Africa to organize official repatriation.   (83 min)


THE PRICE OF MEMORY advance tickets 9/19



6pm

LIFE AND DEBT
Directed by Stephanie Black

Featuring interviews of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund Stanley Fischer, and short commentary by Jean-Bertrand Aristide (former President of Haiti) and Jerry Rawlings (former President of Ghana)

An intense focus on the impact of current economic globalization polices on the developing country of Jamaica by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank.   Life and Debt takes an unapologetic look at the "new world order" from the voices of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy official who see the reality and who are impacted. (81 min)


LIFE & DEBT advance tickets 9/19




SUNDAY 9/20


Private Event: THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT: Field Day

Friday 9/18

7pm

NIYA 
directed by Yusuf Al-Rahman and Hasan Muhammad

“The path to hell is filled with good intentions.”
Yusuf is a successful Muslim financial advisor that doesn’t compromise with things that will lower his self respect. His beloved wife, Anisa, is the strong, loving, and caring middle school teacher that’s the backbone of their family. But when he unexpectedly loses his job and cannot find another due to anti-Mulsim descrimination, Yusef keeps the company of a very unsavory Muslim, Dawood, who aids in lowering his morality and tests the faith of his marriage. Yusef must choose between losing himself for a lucrative job or keeping his morality and declining the job to return home to his beloved family.


A special poetry reading by writer Lisa Muhammad opens the film.


           Eventbrite Advanced payment - NIYA


​​Friday 9/25

7pm

ADINA HOWARD 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation 
Directed by Gezus Zaire

Before there was Beyonce…before Nicki Minaj…before even Lil’ Kim… there was Adina Howard, the soul singer who twenty years ago provided the highest level of female sexual independence, boldness and sex appeal to take the music landscape by storm. 


In this new documentary, discover how her quick stardom, and independent spirit, affected the life of an R&B sensation unafraid to back down.

In the early 1990’s R&B music was dominated by the squeaky clean and elegant images of Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and En Vogue. As the decade progressed the genre became a bit more risky as male artists such as R.Kelly, Jodeci, Silk and H-Town sexed their way to the top of the pop charts. In 1995, an unknown singer by the name of Adina Howard expressed sexuality from a young, black, feminine and most importantly dominant perspective, when she released the single “Freak Like Me.”

Never before had a solo, African American, R&B artist, who happened to be a woman, scored mainstream success while discussing her sexual prowess as well as what she demands out of the performance of her male counterpart. 

In this new film, twenty years after her smash success and eventual descent, Adina discusses her debut appearance on BET, having her music video banned by the same network, being casted for “Waiting to Exhale,” her relationship with rap icon Tupac Shakur and influencing some of the biggest artists of our time such as Rihanna and Beyoncé...and so much more.  

A special video welcome message from Adina Howard herself precedes the film.  


           Eventbrite Advanced payment - ADINA HOWARD 20 - 9/25


Featuring Fresh Indie Films & New Media!


ALL MY FRIENDS ARE MARRIED (ep 3 & 4) - created by Mercedes Brazier-Thurman

SUBPAR episode 2 - by LA.BK

TASTES LIKE MEDICINE - written & directed by Steven Alexander Russell

SPIT - directed by Mtume Gant

STOOP 55: “The Smiths” created by Stoop 55

BYWATER BLUE by Cavalier - produced by Iman Omari; Visualized by Vashni Korin

NO BONI - directed by Dubious Ashong

FOR MOTHER ONLY - directed by Marlon Lewis & Kash Sarvis

CORAZON - directed by Shavon Myers

KUNG FU BUM - directed by Peter Lawton and starring K. Gaines

Curated by The Luminal, and set to amplify African diaspora immigrant cinematic voices, the Weeksville Freedom Film Festival

is the cinematic expression of the history and ideals of Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC), Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution and one of America’s first free Black communities, and their commitment to provide a platform to voices that fight to preserve history through freedom-driven works.  Imbuing Weeksville’s themes of sanctuary, self-determination, and activism, this is a multi-genre celebration of quality independent films, dialogues, and reflections of international immigrant culture, inhabiting direct immigrant themes of freedom, displacement, abandonment, and human rights violations.  Includes "Black Girl", the film classic from 'the Father of African Cinema' Ousmane Sembene, Christopher Everett's must-see documentary "Wilmington on Fire", making its NYC debut, Rachelle Salnave's re-discovery of her Haitian roots in "La Belle Vie," and our short film series 'Women Directors of the Diaspora' ft. Nikyatu Jusu's classic "African Booty Scratcher" and Chelsea Odufu stirring "Ori Inu: In Search of Self", among other fantastic works.  See more on our EVENTS page.

$10 for all day entry AND other specials

Friday 9/04

7pm

NEWLYWEEDS

directed by Shaka King

with Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Isiah Whitlock, Tonya Pinkins, Adrian Martinez, Diane Neal, Hassan Johnson, Colman Domingo


A stoner couple struggles to get by, get high, and get lost. 


Lyle is a repo-man, an often perilous and/or heart breaking enterprise. His sole companion is his girlfriend Nina, an unemployed, capricious, dreamer. To dull the stress of their daily lives, they self-medicate with marijuana. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this dark comedy about addiction.


Eventbrite advance payment 9/4

​​Wednesday 9/30


7pm

MOTHERS OF BEDFORD
Directed by Jennifer McShane

96 minutes

Mothers of Bedford is a feature length documentary film that follows the struggles and joys of five women incarcerated at New York 's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. While trying to maintain strong relationships with heir children, nurture their children, and playing central roles in their lives. The women are supported by an innovative children's center that creates a space for positive change in the least likely settings. Take a journey and expand your definition of what it means to be a mother.


           Eventbrite Advanced payment - Mothers of Bedford -  9/30


​​Thursday 10/01


7pm

WE CAME TO SWEAT
Directed and Produced by Kate Kunah

73 minutes

Before Stonewall, there was Starlite.

In 1962, openly gay Black entrepreneur Mackie Harris brought his vision of an LGBT-inclusive bar to life in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when he opened the Starlite Lounge. A community of friends, lovers, performers and activists--primarily people of color--quickly took shape around the bar. Its patrons found refuge and a place of celebration, while across the river another bar—the Stonewall Inn—became known as the nexus of the Gay Liberation movement.

We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite is a portrait of this historic gathering place and the battle for survival that it lost in 2010.
 
The Starlite witnessed profound change over nearly fifty years:  the Civil Rights Act transformed America, seven New York City mayoral administrations came and went, and AIDS/HIV devastated communities. Through it all, its patrons gathered to celebrate, mourn, organize, or meet friends.

As neighborhood property values began to rise, the Starlite’s future became uncertain and eventually its owners faced eviction.  Members of the Brooklyn community—as passionate an engaged as ever—fought to protect this landmark and the history it held.  The questions they raised still remain unanswered: why did the Stonewall survive, while the Starlite died?  How can communities protect their historic sites in the age of gentrification? And above all: Whose history matters?

We Came to Sweat documents the Starlite’s brave culture of affection and inclusivity, its critical history as a Civil Rights-era landmark, and the passionate advocacy of its community. The result is a portrait of an LGBT community of color that refuses to be invisible.  


          
Eventbrite Advanced payment - WE CAME TO SWEAT-  10/1


LUMINAL THEATER 


9/30-10/2/2015


Wednesday 9/02

7pm

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE


Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon

New York City, 1989. The entire city is a powder keg waiting to burst due to high crime, crack being king, and economic depression living side by side with lavish opulence.   That April, five black and Latino teenagers - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Khary Wise - are charged and then convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After they had spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. They were innocent the entire time.

Filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon examine the 1989 case interviewing the five men, their loved ones, and the attorneys, politicians and media makers who convicted the "Central Park Five" before they were even tried.  

 
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Eventbrite advance payment 9/2

Thursday 9/17

7pm
Bed-Stuy Filmmaker Showcase:
  SHAKA KING


NEWLYWEEDS

directed by Shaka King


with Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Isiah Whitlock, Tonya Pinkins, Adrian Martinez, Diane Neal, Hassan Johnson, Colman Domingo


A stoner couple struggles to get by, get high, and get lost. 


Lyle is a repo-man, an often perilous and/or heart breaking enterprise. His sole companion is his girlfriend Nina, an unemployed, capricious, dreamer. To dull the stress of their daily lives, they self-medicate with marijuana. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this dark comedy about addiction.


showing with King's short films:

MULIGNANS
with Cavalier, Jerard Anderson, China Shavers and Shaka King

cinematography by Daniel Patterson


FLATBUSH BROOKLYN 3-30-14
with Shaakir and Naazir Muhammad; cinematography by Daniel Patterson


NEWLYWEDS Eventbrite advance payment 9/17

Friday, October 2 |  6:30-10pm


LUMINAL THEATER Closing Night (sort of...) PARTY


Join us this Friday as we party hard on the last night of The Luminal at our 405 Tompkins Ave. pop-up location! 


It's been a great three months of films and art-related events and we're going out with a bang into our next series of events as we work toward securing a permananent home for cinema space in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn!


$10 suggested donation