Wednesday October 18th

Short Film Showcase HARD CHOICES

In these curated series of films, our characters are forced

to make some unpopular choices...sometimes for the better,

sometimes for the worse



directed by Dallas Alexis

A story of the instant effects of bullying and the karma that comes along with it.

directed by Ill Flow
13-year old Nicholas Heyward Jr. was killed by the police while playing in his apartment building.  21 years later, his father is still seeking justice.

directed by Steven Alexander Russell
A young man has a mental breakdown at his ex-lovers baby shower, which causes a rift in his already messy reality.

Wednesday October 18 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -- Get tix today
light refreshments will be available

While experimental films from Black/African diaspora filmmakers have gotten a lot more attention lately, there remains a lack of public access to these films.
We’re fixing that.
And you just have to look out your house, right off your porch, to find them.

The Luminal Theater presents: 

THE PORCH - Black experimental films right outside your door 

At this first two-day event, we project daring experimental films from bright young filmmakers that stretch your perceptions and imagination.  Both passerby and captive audiences, will be captivated by films you won’t be able to see much of elsewhere.

It all takes place right outside the Bed-Stuy concept store Sincerely, Tommy (corner of Tompkins Ave & Monroe St), a business and corner already known for bringing unique art projects to Bed-Stuy!

Beer & Wine will be available for purchase

September 21 & 22
Sincerely, Tommy
343 Tompkins Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Thursday, June 21

  Tuesday October 17th

ONE FALSE MOVE - Free Screening​​

Directed by Carl Franklin
Narrative Feature | 1992 |  115 min.

​with Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach, Jim Metzler, Billy Bob Thornton,

This underrated thriller, a stark observation of crime, sex, and race, sparked the career of Michael

Beach (Soul Food, Third Watch), lent dramatic gravitas to the late Bill Paxton's (Twister, Big Love, Aliens

then burgeoning career, pulled co-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Armageddon) from obscurity,

and cemented Cynda Williams (Mo' Betta Blues) as one of the big screens best femme fatales.

Tuesday October17 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216

light refreshments will be available

Thursday November 16 & 30

Tuesday November 28

   Saturday, May 5                                                                                                      

Thursday, August 9


short film program

​A select array of films on how Black parenthood, and Black fatherhood particularly, has been highly challenged in this society. These films examine that with varied looks at Black parenthood and the results of good and questionable choices made within. 

September 22

This Ain’t No Eulogy by Taja Lindley 

why you always talk about freedom?
there is no explanation (2016)

my name is my name; what does autocorrect
and supremacy have in common?


Under Bone (2018)

by Dana Washington



Come see these standout films presented by the Black Film Space filmmaking collective!  

Click the links for the full lineup for the November 16th and November 30th editions all at Richard Beavers Gallery in Bed-Stuy

presented in partnership with The Caribbean Film Academy

Directed by Roy T. Anderson

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable military genius, ‘Grandy’ Nanny. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerilla warfare’ tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British firepower.

Nanny symbolizes the pride of today’s Caribbean women. In fact, Jamaica’s first female and former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, paid homage to Queen Nanny in her January 2012 inauguration speech, and continues to do so at every opportunity.  And although Maroons, who all proudly proclaim to be Grandy Nanny’s ‘pickibo’ (children), are appreciative that she was named National Hero in 1976, to them her historical importance is such that she is seen as a powerful, living, breathing presence for almost three centuries.

Shot in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, and the United States over the course of two years, the documentary film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned scholars and present-day Maroons. We also engage a select group of women, to explore Queen Nanny’s impact on their lives, and how she has influenced them in their own pioneering work.

​Wednesday December 13 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery
408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -- Get tix today at

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is a rich and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist that reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds.  Written & directed by John Scheinfeld and produced with the support of the Coltrane family and the record labels that collectively manage the Coltrane catalog, Chasing Trane features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of the film), along with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and rare television appearances from around the world.  The words of John Coltrane are spoken by superstar actor Denzel Washington, and his story is told by the musicians who worked with him (Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman), musicians inspired by his fearless artistry and creative vision (Common, The Doors’ John Densmore, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington), Coltrane’s children and biographers, and well-known admirers including President Bill Clinton and Dr. Cornel West.

seating begins at 7:30pm, film starts at 8pm

First Quincy Street Community Garden, 397-410 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 

​The Cinema Garden Party is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), and the Neighborhood Grant provided by The Citizens Committee for New York City.The Luminal Theater is a sponsored organization of the New York Foundation for the Arts. NYFA is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded in 1971 to work with the arts community throughout New York State and the United States to develop and facilitate programs in all disciplines.​

Wednesday December 20

​​​In this modern holiday classic, Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the pastor of a small struggling Baptist church in New York City. Pulled in a hundred directions by his parishioners' needs and the church's needs, Henry has also become neglectful of his wife, Julia (Whitney Houston), and his son, Jeremiah. Julia worries that her marriage is failing.​  Beginning to lose his faith, Henry prays to God for help, which comes in the form of Dudley (Denzel Washington), a witty and debonair angel. Dudley tells Henry that he is an angel sent by God to help him, but things take a hilarious twist when the usually unflappable Dudley accidentally falls in love...with the preacher's wife.

This romantic comedy hit showcases dynamic songs by Grammy Award winner Houston, including her Top 10 hit "I Believe In You And Me, ” “Step by Step” and Whitney Houston-belted renditions of “Joy to the World”, “Who Would Imagine a King” and more.

*Sing along, and smile along, to this enchanting holiday movie

*singing is not required...just bring a festive attitude

​Wednesday December 20 at 7:00p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery
408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
RSVP for today at 

 $5 suggested donation at door


Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO directed by Raoul Peck

James Baldwin’s radical journey into black history & race in modern in America. Using his unpublished book on the complex political and “memorable” lives of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., rich archival material allows viewers to examine the fabrication of the Black image in news, reality TV, music videos, and Hollywood, and its impact on our collective consciousness.

Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary

*in celebration of Juneteenth*

seating begins at 7:30pm, film begins at 8pm
Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park, 324 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (btw Throop & Tompkins Avenues)


Special thanks to Kino-Lorber

Wednesday December 13th

directed by Shola Lynch

Pioneering Bedford-Stuyvesant based politician Shirley Chisholm is the subject of this lauded documentary.

The nation's first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Chisholm launches a campaign for the United States presidency in the 1972 election, and wins an impressive amount of support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters. The film takes a close look at her presidential run, providing interviews with Chisholm and the dedicated individuals who worked on her groundbreaking campaign.

seating begins at 7pm, film begins at 8pm
Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park, 324 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (btw Throop & Tompkins Avenues)


Special thanks to Women Make Movies

September 21

films from The New Negress Film Society

Afronauts by Frances Bodomo

Pain Revisited by Dyani Douze

Fucked Like a Star by Stefani Saintonge


An Ecstatic Experience by Ja'Tovia Gary

195 Lewis by Chanelle Aponte Pearson

Brooklynification is an uncomfortable comedy series about the gentrification of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. A diverse cast of characters take on the good, the bad and the awkward as transforming neighborhoods face the unexpected encounters of rapidly changing streets in New York’s most storied borough.

is created by Christopher Poindexter & Keith Miller and is presented by BRIC-TV

“sharper than most…well-acted and well written…understated satire”  - The New York Times
“does a great job of capturing those uncomfortable conversations…”- Stareable
“shine[s] a comedic light on the growing pains of neighborhoods in transition”- PIX11 TV

seating begins at 7:30pm, film starts at 8pm
First Quincy Street Community Garden, 397-410 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221

​The Porch is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State


Wednesday October 4th 


How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents?

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an idyllic, mostly carefree, upper-middle-class Jewish household. While she knew she looked different from the rest of her family, yet never wanting to admit it, her parents contended that Lacey’s darker complexion and curly hair were traits inherited from her Sicilian paternal grandfather.  But after going to college and experiencing life outside of her contained Upstate New York community, Lacey finally begins to probe her immediate family history and uncovers unspoken secrets and a purposeful denial that cuts to the core of who she thinks she is, prompting a total re-evaluation of her identity.

Little White Lie is part of The Luminal Theater's ongoing "Black Is...?" series examining what Blackness is, what it ain’t, and what it can be.

Special thanks to Lacey Schwartz and Truth Aid for permitting us to screen this illuminating film.

Wednesday October 4 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -- Get tix today at

light refreshments will be available

Saturday, September 8

directed by Richard Loussaint; produced by DJ Hard Hittin Harry & DJ Super JB
After popular DJ Hard Hittin Harry’s father Joseph D. D'Janite AKA "PAPIDO" passed away this past April, he was compelled to analyze their relationship, and a short film discussion on fatherhood emerged. This very personal film features commentary from actor Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Empire), Brooklyn Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr., author/scientist Tamykah Anthony-Marston, Harry himself and co-producer DJ Super JB, as well as various perspectives from Harry's children.

directed by Faren Humes
The murder of a local transgender woman causes a rift within the small, rural town of Sanderson, Florida, and tests the tenuous bond of a conservative uncle and his effeminate nephew.

directed by Charbrielle Parker
A biracial college freshman, whose father is a white detective for the NYPD, mother is a college professor at NYU and new boyfriend is a basketball star seems to be living an idyllic life. But her life begins to take a whole new shape when she realizes some people just see the world as black or white.

POPS (3 episodes)
directed by Garland McLaurin
This documentary web series addresses the reality and challenges of 21st-century parenthood for African American fathers, debunking the media narrative of the deadbeat black father generally accepted as a fact of life for African American children.
POPS is presented by Black Public Media and Indie Lens Storycast in association with PBS Digital Studios and the National Endowment for the Arts

SILENT CRIES (The Prelude)
directed by Shauntay Cherry
producer Okema Moore
The story of a construction worker with a failing business who begins to buckle under the pressure of fatherhood as his son’s 7th birthday approaches.

post-screening Q&A with DJ Hard Hittin Harry, Richard Loussaint, Charbrielle Parker, Shauntay Cherry, and special guests (TBA)

Tuesday November 28 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery
408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -- Get tix today at

Wedns. May 23


  Thursday October 12th 


Directed by Christopher Everett
Documentary Feature | 2015 |  89 min.

An in-depth chronicle of the Wilmington Massacre of 1898, a bloody attack

on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the

support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in

the port city of Wilmington, NC. It is considered one of the very few

examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government and

left countless numbers of African-Americans dead and exiled from

the city. This event was the springboard for the White Supremacy movement

and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the

American South.

Thursday October 12 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -- Get tix today at

light refreshments will be available

Saturday, July 7

  Thursday November 2 


Directed by Dennis Leroy Kangalee
Narrative Feature | 2002 |  143 min.

Q&A with Dennis Leroy Kangalee and special guests

Cairo Medina, a young African American actor, goes through a station-of-the-cross journey to find the meaning of his life and eradicate the racism and police brutality that continue to plague the world. "As an Act of Protest" is an internal "Battle of Algiers". It is a cinematic poem about racism and its psychological effects. It is an avant-garde movie that is more like a classical theater piece rather than a foray into conventional narrative cinema and its style flows from documentary and melodrama to satire and horror.

"As an Act of Protest" is part of The Luminal Theater's ongoing "Black Is...?" series examining what Blackness is, what it ain’t, and what it can be.

Thursday November 2 at 7:00p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -- Get tix today at
light refreshments will be available

THE PREACHER'S WIFE                                 

Holiday Sing-Along

WHOSE STREETS?   directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis

This is an advance sneak preview of the documentary "Whose Streets?" before their POV premiere date of July 30th on PBS

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS -

seating begins at 7pm, film starts at 8pm
First Quincy Street Community Garden, 397-410 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221


Wednesday October 25th & Thursday October 26th


Black folks don't do horror?  You couldn't be more wrong!  We're presenting two days of some of the most frightening films made by Black directors.  Maybe the Black character won't die first this time....but somebody will!

CLICK HERE for a special 2-day for 1 price ticket special!

special spooky Halloween themed drinks & treats will be served

*EXTRA special thanks to Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters for recommending many of these films*

Visit her website's unique insight on Black women and characters in the horror realm at

Wednesday October 25  - 7:15pm

directed by Spike Lee

In this 2014 retread of the classic Bill Gunn film "Ganja & Hess," Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a

mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is

not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower

that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.

October 26th - 7:15pm

Black Horror short films 

*special Q&A with the filmmakers for Afterbirth, Page One, Blame, Middle Ground


Eboni C. Boykin
A Black feminist horror story, this is the story of Erika, a recent college grad who, after starting her new independent life, wakes up after an accident to find she now has a creepy

five year old daughter. 


Directed by Kellee Terrell
Haunted by the ghost of a dead rape victim, a young father must decide to either turn his son into the police or delete the only evidence of the assault.

Directed Joseph Grant
Produced by Dana Dane and Joseph Grant
Teen Wolf, The Greatest American Hero and American Werewolf in London are all rolled up into one in this dark, dramatic comedy set on the streets of Brooklyn.

Directed by Wi-Moto Nyoko
Purgatory. Two women. One way out.

Directed by Don P. Hooper
Veteran actor Abel Worthy's career of dying first in all his movies gets put to the ultimate test when his latest film gets attacked by bloodthirsty creatures.

Directed by R. Shanea Williams
An emotionally fragile photographer with a sleep disorder moves into a new apartment and fears she may be haunted by a supernatural entity.

Written and directed by Zena Sadé Dixon
Have you ever listened to the sound a tangerine makes when you peel it?

October 26 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -
special two day for one price ticket special

Wednesday November 8

black dance on film

Presenting avant-garde films that evoke how Black bodies are used to tell

provocative stories on the Black experience through rhythm and movement.



Directed & Choreographed by André M. Zachery 

Using the backdrop of the Crown Heights community currently at a crossroads, this film

intends to create and capture the speculative visions of the neighborhood through the lens

of a “seer woman”. The film captures the experiences of a woman based in present day

Brooklyn. Conflicted with the changes in the neighborhood, she is torn about what the

so-called progress means to her personally and to the people she considers her community.

Going out into the community, various spots initiate a deep power within her.

A power representing her own heritage and reflecting the community. The spaces and places

she comes across everyday, awaken her to a gift with the ability to manifest the existence of

a possibilities unseen by others.

Directed by Richard Louissaint

A collaboration between the filmmaker and musician ClassicBeatz, inspired by the words of James Baldwin, the spat of police encounters with people of color, and set against a backdrop of music and dance, all made more biting by the 2016 death of Sandra Bland.


Directed by Terence Nance
Drenched in the heat, spirit and landscape of South Florida, Swimming in Your Skin Again celebrates the spiritual feminine and coming of age. Guided by female inspirations we tour the ritual anchorages of life in and around Miami: the Catholic church, the swamp, the backyard, the water.. An intensely musical film that Nance collaborated on with his brother and musician Norvis Jr.

THIS AIN'T A EULOGY: A Ritual for Re-Membering

Written and choreographed by Taja Lindley; directed by Taja Lindley and Ellen Maynard
Moved by the non-indictments of the police officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, This Ain't A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering draws parallels between discarded materials and the violent treatment of Black people in the United States. Through performance and installation, Lindley repurposed trash bags to re-member, honor and value the Black lives we have lost due to police violence. In this post-Ferguson moment, Lindley is imagining how to recycle the energy of protest, rage, and grief into creating a world where, indeed, Black lives matter.  

Wednesday November 8 at 7:15p
Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery
408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
$8 admission -- Get tix today at

THE FITS is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted.

A look into self-discovery, gender dynamics, peer pressure, and so much more, THE FITS is a film you'll see

and never forget.

Directed by Anna Rose Holmer and starring newcomer Royalty Hightower as Toni

seating begins at 7:30pm, film starts at sundown
First Quincy Street Community Garden

397-410 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Saturday, June 16

The CINEMA GARDEN PARTY is an intimate, nighttime, outdoor film series serving as inter-neighborhood artistic alternatives

for Bedford-Stuyvesant, instilling an enhanced film-centered sensibility, with empowering narratives, into the community --

while also uniting neighbors into public & common spaces with entertainment not commonly provided.  

produced & directed by Woodie King Jr.
with Amiri Baraka, Ossie Davis, Ntozake Shange, James Earl Jones and more

*in celebration of Malcolm X's birthday*

Out of the Civil Rights activism of the 1950s, '60s and '70s was born a bright new theatre. Witness a veritable video encyclopedia of the leading figures, institutions and events of a movement that transformed the American stage.  Excerpts of A Raisin in the Sun, Black Girl, The Dutchman and For Colored Girls... reveal how these actors and playwrights laid the basis for the Black theater of the present.

seating begins at 7pm, film begins at 8pm
Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park, 324 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (btw Throop & Tompkins Avenues)

​Special thanks to California Newsreel

So proud to announce our new partnership with Bed-Stuy's own RICHARD BEAVERS GALLERY!

With this collaboration, you'll be getting weekly access to diverse cinema of the African diaspora right here in Brooklyn throughout the end of the year.   Our FREE kickoff film for this partnership launch is the Ousmane Sembene classic:

BLACK GIRL   (1966)

A young Senegalese woman (M’Bissine Thérèse Diop) who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally—into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world. 

Wednesday September 27 at 7:30pm

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216

RSVP today at:

light refreshments will be available​​