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

​​The First Quincy Street Community Garden hosts our Friday, September 15th Cinema Garden Party screening of:

A feature length documentary inspired by nostalgia and a romantic idea of family legacy, IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE follows acclaimed hip-hop artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith as he decides to purchase his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side
and raise his new family in the same house where he grew up.  Through this journey, Che realizes the importance of reconnecting with his estranged father and finds him living on the streets as a homeless alcoholic just a few blocks away. Through authentic sharing and storytelling, this powerful film shines a light on systemic issues facing our nation today -- like fatherhood and homelessness -- as Che hesitantly sets  out to reconnect with the man who abandoned him over 25 years ago.

seating begins at 7pm, film starts at 8pm

First Quincy Street Community Garden, 397-410 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221

This event is sponsored in part by the Citizens Committee for New York City. ​ Special thanks to Break Thru for supporting this screening.

The Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park hosts our Thursday, AUGUST 17th edition screening of:

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
An inspirational portrait of the poet and activist’s life and work, a seminal figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and pioneer of spoken word poetry, who harnessed her gift for words as a champion against racism, sexism and war, fusing art and activism over the past six decades.  The prodigious Sanchez has been on the front lines of art and activism for 60 years—teaching, writing, performing, protesting, and fought to establish the first university Black Studies program in the country.  But, her commitment to justice for all people has come at a cost. This film captures the breadth of Sanchez's rich and often unsettled life. This performance-packed film features appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Ursula Rucker, Ruby Dee, Haki Madhubuti, Imani Uzuri, Bryonn Bain, Jessica Care Moore, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

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

This event is sponsored in part by the Citizens Committee for New York City.

Special thanks to California Newsreel for supporting this screening.

Friday July 29th, 2016

films  - 8pm

afterparty begins at 11:00pm

Opera House Lofts
27 Arion Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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

These 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.  

  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.

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

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​​

  Wednesday October 18th

Short Film Showcase 


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

  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,

In Los Angeles, after a violent drug rip-off, the Los Angeles Police Department detectives find the identity of the

trio - the sadistic I.Q. of 150 and college graduate Lenny "Pluto" Franklyn; his not so bright buddy in San Quentin

Ray Malcolm; and his girlfriend Fantasia. Their further investigation indicates that the criminals are fleeing to

Star City, Arkanas, and LAPD detective Dud Cole and his partner John McFeely contact the local Chief of

Police Dale 'Hurricane' Dixon and they head to the little town. The yokel family man Dale, who is used to resolve

domestic issues, is fascinated with the chance to participate of a manhunt and befriends the two detectives. But

when he sees the picture of Fantasia, he recognizes her as Lila Walker and is haunted by his past, hiding a deep

secret about her.

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

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

  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

Get tix today at

​​The First Quincy Street Community Garden hosts our *Saturday, JULY 15th Cinema Garden Party screening of:


directed by Luke Meyer
Chronicles the break-out year of the band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH, following 12 and 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins as they first encounter stardom and the music industry, transcending childhood to reckon with their rock-star dreams.

This event is sponsored in part by the Citizens Committee for New York City.

Special thanks to See Think Films and Abramorama for supporting this screening.

*event postponed from July 14th to the 15th due to rain

  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