Black independent films have become much more prominent in recent years, and credit is partially due to the New Voices in Black Cinema festival, presented by BAMcinématek and now entering into its fourth year. The festival, co-presented by the Fort Greene-based ActNow Foundation, will run from Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30.
Reflecting the wide spectrum of views and themes within the African communities in Brooklyn and beyond, the series features three New York premieres, one world premiere, and special guests at most screenings, aiming to provides a showcase for new and established voices in black independent cinema. Martin Majeske, managing director for ActNow Foundation, said of the partnership with BAMcinématek, "ActNow is extremely excited to be moving into its fourth year with New Voices in Black Cinema. This year’s lineup features fantastic narrative and documentary films that showcase the depth and diversity of the African-American experience, and we can’t wait to share the work of such talented filmmakers with Brooklyn audiences."
Highlights of the festival include Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols’ inspiring documentary about the flex dance movement in East New York "Flex Is Kings," which will be opening the festival; Tommy Oliver’s semi-autobiographical debut feature "1982," an emotional drama starring Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Wayne Brady, and Ruby Dee about a family torn apart by drug addiction; the world premiere of Darious J. Britt’s "Unsound," in which a young filmmaker resorts to extreme measures to help his mother through her mental illness; and a Q&A with John Sayles following the screening of his hilarious sci-fi satire of the immigrant experience, "The Brother from Another Planet."
See the full schedule and get more information here.