For the past 12 years ImageNation has partnered with Harlem Week to present outdoor screenings during the culminating weekends of the month-long Harlem Week Celebrations. This year, due to COVID-19, the Harlem Week/ImageNation Film Festival will take place right here online! The program features a series of films curated by Moikgantsi Kgama, founder of ImageNation and CEO of the Sol Cinema Cafe, that celebrate the 2020 Harlem Week themes: Movement of the People, 100th Anniversary of Harlem Renaissance, and the 100th Anniversary of Negro Baseball League. The program will also include the timely panel discussion "Cinema & Social Change" featuring celebrated filmmakers: Stanley Nelson, Gretchen Hildebran, Vivian Vazquez and others to be announced.
Your free ticket gives you access to all films. Content is released daily:
DAY 1 - Black Ball! A Cinematic Tribute to the Negro Baseball Leagues DAY 2 - Stormy Weather DAY 3 - Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution DAY 4 - Brother to Brother DAY 5 – Cinema & Social Change Panel Discussion DAY 6 – Decade of Fire DAY 7 – Whose Streets
DAY 1, AUGUST 16 - BLACK BALL - Enjoy this cinematic tribute to the Negro Baseball Leagues. Curated for your viewing pleasure, we hope you enjoy this tribute and leave with a new appreciation for this unique aspect of African-American history.
DAY 2, AUGUST 17 - STORMY WEATHER - Bill Williamson (Bill Robinson), a struggling performer, meets a beautiful vocalist named Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Bill promises her that they will be together after he becomes a success. However, he and Selina both skyrocket to fame and lose contact. Fortunately, Bill just might get one more chance to woo Selina at a huge musical stage show. Popular entertainers of the 1940s, including Fats Waller and Cab Calloway, perform as themselves in the film.
DAY 3, AUGUST 18 - BLACK PANTHERS- Filmmaker Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture. (2015 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 55m, director: Stanley Nelson) Trailer: https://youtu.be/8lEp0bKzWMQ
DAY 4, AUGUST 19 - BROTHER TO BROTHER - A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter. Stars Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson and Alex Burns. (2004 • Drama • 1h 34min • director: Rodney Evans) Trailer: https://youtu.be/qyVmaX4uQNU
DAY 5, AUGUST 20 - PANEL DISCUSSION
DAY 6, AUGUST 21 - DECADE OF FIRE - In the 1970s, fires raged through the South Bronx-- meet the brave citizens who outlasted the flames and saved their community. (2019, Documentary, 76 min, Directed by Gretchen Hildebran, Vivian Vazquez) Trailer: https://vimeo.com/135829602
DAY 7, AUGUST 22 - WHOSE STREETS - An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement. (2017 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 43m, Directed by: Sabaah Folayan; Damon Davis, co-director) Trailer: https://youtu.be/upiJnjJSerw
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