Opera House Lofts
27 Arion Place
Brooklyn, NY 11206


Afterparty with sounds by

iLLSpokkin (Freestyle Mondays) and

Macedonia (Both Sides of The Surface) follows Q&A panel

Watch our inaugural edition of Beyond the Cut, featuring filmmaker Shaka King

Beyond the Cut  is a live discussion series featuring influential artists from the realms of film, art, and culture. Here, their storytelling perspectives are celebrated, and their career journey is examined, with emphasis on how live audience members can learn from and share these stories.  This first season will shed a continuous light on the contributions of African-American influencers who live or work in and around Bedford-Stuyvesant, focusing on the impact their work has on the world and their community.


 RSVP here for this groundbreaking event.  

Weeksville Heritage Center is Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities. A not-for-profit organization, their programming is sponsored, in part, by the new York City Deptartment of Cultural Affairs.

SHAKA KING is a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn raised, award-winning filmmaker, known for his bold and challenging film work. “Newlyweeds” (2013), his ambitious feature film debut, was a bitingly funny ‘black’ comedy and a truly focused character study of two young people refusing to begin to take their lives more seriously.

Beyond the Cut is proud to have Mr. King examine his ongoing and ever-evolving film career for our inaugural edition.

This summer is about to get even hotter come July 29th when we team up with Bondfire Radio to host the Indie Movie Night at the Opera House Lofts...first-rate short films & new media from an array of local and national filmmakers & artists!

Our friends at Bondfire Radio are an interactive live streaming network (internet radio) of multiple shows buoyed by their flagship program TK in the AM

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

Our guest  is EPHRAIM 'Fetti' BENTON, a true force to be reckoned with. His work in the arts as an actor and producer are only matched by his devotion as a community leader, entrepreneur, and father.

Having appeared in award-winning & critically noteworthy films such as "Precious," "Gun Hill Road", "The Place Beyond The Pines" and Lisa France’s “Anne B. Real,” Ephraim was the lead in Rik Cordero’s "Inside A Change" as teenager Chris Price, a young man forced to reexamine his life and bring his crumbling family together for his mom’s birthday in Rik Cordero's "Inside A Change."

In addition to creating Daddy Daughter Publishing with his young daughter, Ephraim has used his life experience to give back to the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn community with the annual Daddy Children’s Day, The Bed-Stuy Community Youth & Cultural Fair, and the Chillin On Da Corner & Beyond Film Series.

Special thanks to 500 Men Making A Difference and graphic designer Raquel Rivera.


Black Film Lovers, stay tuned for our

Summer 2017 Outdoor Film Series!

Our guest  is filmmaker NIKYATU JUSU.  The Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker's short films have played at festivals nationally and internationally garnering her NYU’s prestigious Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Foundation Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions.  Her feature screenplay Free The Town was one of 12 projects invited to participate in Sundance Institute’s first Diverse Writers Workshop. Additionally Free The Town was hand selected for Africa’s most prestigious Film Market, the 2013 Durban Film Mart and one of five narrative films selected for Film Independent's Fast Track.  Presently Nikyatu is in development on her feature film FLOWERS.  The short film rendition of Flowers, which she co-wrote/co-directed with Yvonne Shirley, won the HBO Short Film Competition at the American Black Film Festival (2016) and is currently touring the festival circuit. 
Nikyatu studied narrative filmmaking at New York University’s MFA film program and teaches filmmaking full time. She is a resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. This edition is co-presented and produced by Weeksville Heritage Center.


Beyond the Cut is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).