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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

Tough Love: Shorts Program

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

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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One False Move - Free Screening
Oct
17
7:15 PM19:15

One False Move - Free Screening

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

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 (TwisterBig LoveAliens) then burgeoning career, pulled co-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton (Sling BladeArmageddon) from obscurity, and cemented Cynda Williams (Mo' Betta Blues) as one of the big screens best femme fatales.

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Wilmington on Fire
Oct
12
7:15 PM19:15

Wilmington on Fire

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

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.

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Little White Lie
Oct
4
7:15 PM19:15

Little White Lie

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

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.

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Opening Launch Film: Black Girl
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Opening Launch Film: Black Girl

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

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:

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Cinema Garden Party - In My Father's House
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Cinema Garden Party - In My Father's House

  • First Quincy Street Community Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.  

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Cinema Garden Party - BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Cinema Garden Party - BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.  

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Cinema Garden Party - Breaking a Monster
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Cinema Garden Party - Breaking a Monster

  • First Quincy Street Community Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.  

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Joebell & America
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Joebell & America

Based on the short story by her father, famed Caribbean novelist and playwright Earl Lovelace, the film tells the story of Joebell, a gambler, who concocts a risky plan to escape Trinidad for the promise and fantasy of a better future in America. Prepared to leave everything behind, including his newfound romance with the village beauty, Joebell sets out for his final destination, with each step of his journey revealing truths about himself and illuminating the island he had always taken for granted.

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Weeksville Freedom Film Festival
Jun
23
to Jun 25

Weeksville Freedom Film Festival

  • Weeksville Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 

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Beyond The Cut Ft. Ephraim Benton
Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

Beyond The Cut Ft. Ephraim Benton

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.

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