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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.