Cinema Garden Party:  DECADE OF FIRE
Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

Cinema Garden Party: DECADE OF FIRE

  • First Quincy Street Community Garden (map)
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During the 1970’s, fires consumed the South Bronx. Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the devastation even as they battled daily to save their neighborhoods. Through rich archival and home movie footage, DECADE OF FIRE confronts the racially-charged stereotypes that dehumanized residents of the South Bronx in the 1970’s, and rationalized their abandonment by city, state and federal governments.

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Caribbean Film Series:  SPRINTER
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Caribbean Film Series: SPRINTER

Akeem, nicknamed the Rasta Rocket for his once-in-a-generation speed, is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. But his rising star is weighed down by a volatile father, and an unruly older brother, and Akeem’s hopes that his rise in athletics will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother, who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade.

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Cinema Garden Party: Black Skin, White Mask & Agents of Change
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Cinema Garden Party: Black Skin, White Mask & Agents of Change

  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park (map)
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Celebrating the birthdays of Malcolm X and Kathleen Cleaver with the first-ever film biography of the pre-eminent theorist of the psychological impact of racism on both the colonized and colonizer AND the untold story of college students who struggled for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, that became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's.

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Cinema Garden Party - VANISHING PEARLS + A THOUSAND SUNS (Earth Day 2019)
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Cinema Garden Party - VANISHING PEARLS + A THOUSAND SUNS (Earth Day 2019)

  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park (map)
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Celebrate Earth Day 2019 with environmentally conscious cinema, from and reflective of, the Black/African diaspora experience. The Luminal Theater and Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park present Naliah Jefferson’s VANISHING PEARLS and the Global Oneness Project’s “A Thousand Suns”


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CARIBBEAN FILM SERIES: a 5th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL
Mar
14
to Mar 17

CARIBBEAN FILM SERIES: a 5th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL

Caribbean cinema is at a highpoint critically and artistically, in the ways its filmmakers thrill, entertain, and inform audiences globally. Our new four-day festival here at BAM, not only marks the five-year anniversary of the Caribbean Film Series, but also provides an unparalleled platform to reflect on the Caribbean and its diasporic experiences, in new and unconventional ways. No ‘Jafaican’ accents here, our selections are the truth. See more here.

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Made in Harlem: Harlem Theater
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Made in Harlem: Harlem Theater

Harlem, 1968.  The hope of the Black nation has been assassinated. But Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy takes center stage at the New Lafayette Theatre.  This is where filmmaker Klaus Wildenhahn turns his lens Uptown to follow Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre members as they rehearse scenes, conduct acting exercises for their upcoming season, and run politically radical workshops for the community.

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A Good Day to be Black & Sexy
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

A Good Day to be Black & Sexy

Ten years ago, a daring and sexy film made its debut, and extended to the modern film world a merciless and unusual view into the myths and truths of Black sexuality, creating a touchstone that still exists today. 

With “A Good Day to be Black & Sexy,” writer/director Dennis Dortch offers audiences a ‘mixtape’ of deftly arranged vignettes that show how men and women in Los Angeles explore desire, sex and love - and now we celebrate its anniversary and impact. 

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Cinema Garden Party - THE FITS
Sep
8
7:30 PM19:30

Cinema Garden Party - THE FITS

  • First Quincy Street Community Garden (map)
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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.

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Midday Ramble
Jul
1
to Aug 31

Midday Ramble

In MIDDAY RAMBLE, challenging youth-oriented Black/Black cast films will be presented in a collective environment where teens & pre-teens have a safe-space to learn from the important themes each film presents.  Each film will have guided talking points with discussions before and after.  All films will allow the young people to further discover that they are not just one way, one thing, that they come in a wide variety of arrays and can be so many things - despite the perspectives that popular culture perpetuates about young black women and men.  Done in conjunction with the Bailey's Cafe 'Rites of Passage' program.

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Cinema Garden Party - Whose Streets?
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Cinema Garden Party - Whose Streets?

  • First Quincy Street Community Garden (map)
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WHOSE STREETS?   directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis

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.

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Cinema Garden Party - I Am Not Your Negro
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Cinema Garden Party - I Am Not Your Negro

  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park (map)
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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.

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Cinema Garden Party - Black Theater: The Making of a Movement
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Cinema Garden Party - Black Theater: The Making of a Movement

  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park (map)
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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.

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Cinema Garden Party - Chisholm -72: Unbought & Unbossed
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Cinema Garden Party - Chisholm -72: Unbought & Unbossed

  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park (map)
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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.

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The Preacher's Wife - Holiday Sing-Along
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Preacher's Wife - Holiday Sing-Along

  • Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery (map)
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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.

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Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

  • Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery (map)
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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.

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Black Film Space: Autumn Screening Series
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Black Film Space: Autumn Screening Series

  • Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery (map)
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Black Film Space is partnering with the Luminal Theater for their Autumn Screening Series on:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH from 7:30pm-10:00pm

and

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH from 7:30pm-10:00pm

We are showcasing the latest independent film projects from members of Black Film Space for other filmmakers and our community of supporters! 6-8 filmmakers will screen their films followed by a brief Q&A session.

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Tough Love: Shorts Program
Nov
28
7:15 PM19:15

Tough Love: Shorts Program

  • Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery (map)
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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. 

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Black Film Space: Autumn Screening Series
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Black Film Space: Autumn Screening Series

  • Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Black Film Space is partnering with the Luminal Theater for their Autumn Screening Series on:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH from 7:30pm-10:00pm

and

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH from 7:30pm-10:00pm

We are showcasing the latest independent film projects from members of Black Film Space for other filmmakers and our community of supporters! 6-8 filmmakers will screen their films followed by a brief Q&A session.

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As An Act of Protest
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

As An Act of Protest

  • Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Black Halloween Horror
Oct
25
to Oct 26

Black Halloween Horror

  • Luminal Theater @ Richard Beavers Gallery (map)
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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!

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