The mission of the First Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival is to recognize the Puerto Rican community’s place in the history of the City of New York. Puerto Ricans were the first, and largest Spanish-speaking group to migrate and settle in New York City. The festival also seeks to display the richness of Puerto [...]
Hollywood Hits NYC for the UrbanWorld Film Festival — Nia Long, Kerry Washington, Jamie Hector and More Attend the Festivities
Tonight is the final night of the UrbanWorld Film Festival. The five day festival closes with the premiere of Ava DuVernay’s (Director of My Mic Sounds Nice) feature film I Will Follow, starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick (For Colored Girls) and Dijon Talton (Glee). Film screenings began Thursday night at the AMC 34th St Theater [...]
The 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, comes to the AMC Loews 34th Street Theater starting today. Founding sponsor HBO continues its support of the nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival. The festival will screen 71 films including 22 world premieres. The festival is open to the public and individual tickets to [...]
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Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s latest documentary FREEDOM RIDERS, is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives — and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment — for simply traveling together on buses [...]
It was June 1964, the beginning of the Freedom Summer — the height of the Civil Rights movement — when a mob of Klansmen in Neshoba County, Mississippi murdered three civil rights workers: two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi. It took 41 years for the state to convict one man, Edgar [...]
Lucy Walker’s Sundance award winning documentary Waste Land follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who has pieces in museums worldwide (including El Museo del Barrio), on this daring project. Arriving at a landfill, Muniz discovers that the workers are welcoming, engaging, bright people. One man has opened a library using the discarded books he’s found, while [...]
Brooklyn-based educator and filmmaker, Aiesha Turman, will screen her first feature, The Black Girl Project at the Spike Lee Screening Room on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. “In a culture where Black women and girls are either praised for their saintly accomplishments, stripping them of any other character except that of a martyr [...]
The Crucial Arts Monthly Documentary Film Series presents Race: The Power Of An Illusion — The Story We Tell, a film written, produced and directed by Christine Herbes-Sommerst. ***** The division of the world’s peoples into distinct groups — “red,” “black,” “white” or “yellow” peoples — has became so deeply embedded in our psyches, so [...]
DanceAfrica, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) longest running program — and one of America’s largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African American dance, music, and culture — celebrated its 30th year in 2007. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a high-spirited Memorial Day Weekend tradition [...]
CBS will be airing three African American Short Films this weekend. Be sure to set your DVR if you’re not going to be home Date: 5/9/2010 Time: 1:30pm, Station: WCBS-TV CBS Ties That Bind This short film is inspired by the true story of Sandra Daniels, who used abuse to motivate her success. Daniels started [...]
Using minimal narration, From the Ground Up shows how an ordinary cup of coffee occupies center stage in the world economy. Traveling with the filmmaker from Guatemala to South Carolina to New York City and seeing each phase of coffee production unfold the growing, picking, processing, distribution, brewing and selling one comes to understand that [...]
I was checking out the Brooklyn Museum’s website and noticed Conversation and Book Signing with Shepard Fairey. I first learned of Fairey because of the famous Obama Hope poster which inspired many variations.
SYNOPSIS The Lottery is a feature-length documentary that explores the struggles and dreams of four families from Harlem and the Bronx in the months leading up to the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful schools in New York City. The four families cast their lots in a high-stakes draw, where only [...]
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Doc Watchers will present a special non-documentary presentation of Up With Me directed by Greg Takoudes. After winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, Francisco must struggle to maintain his relationships with his girlfriend, Erika, who fears he will no longer be the boy from El Barrio she loves, and best friend Brandon, who [...]