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Black Creatives

We remain committed to sharing contemporary work from Black filmmakers from around the world and bringing attention to films that might have been overlooked. Our Black Creatives series highlights films currently available in our virtual cinema and serves as a space to amplify Black voices, to share their stories and their lived experiences. 

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We’ve also been compiling a working list of other films to watch, along with valuable ways to engage in anti-racism learning and support local initiatives in our community.

Mr. Soul! (2020)

Run Time: 90 min. Rating: Not Rated

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From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home.

The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.

 

 

John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)

Run Time: 96 min. Rating: PG

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The film explores Georgia representative Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.

 

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River City Drumbeat (2020)

Run Time: 94 min. Rating: Not Rated

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For 30 years, the indefatigable Nardie White has offered a path to empowerment for African-American youth in Louisville, KY through his River City Drum Corps. White has dedicated his life to teaching communities about their Pan-African roots, but with retirement approaching, he must train his successor. Set against the backdrop of the American South and featuring glorious drum battles, this uplifting film is a timely reminder of the incredible change one person can create.

 

 

 

The 24th (2020)

Run Time: 101 min. Rating: Not Rated

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The 24th tells the incredibly powerful and timely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917. The Houston Riot was a mutiny by 156 African American soldiers in response to the brutal violence and abuse at the hands of Houston police officers. The riot, which lasted two hours, led to the death of nine civilians, four policemen and two soldiers and resulted in the largest murder trial in history, which sentenced a total of nineteen men to execution, and forty-one men to life sentences.