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Well, we survived FADE2BLACK1 and quite successfully I might add! No huge attendance numbers - save the 100+ students and teachers. They enthusiastically enjoyed the FOUNDATION PRIME event (focused on age appropriate race movies from 1915-1936). Thank YOU, Cincinnati Public Schools!!! Now, November is upon us and BFMM has another goodie at the MINI microcinema - MOONLIGHT. FREE ($5 donations accepted) as always. Conversation/ Discussion following with BFMM & F2B Founder/ Director/CEO/Curator, Pam Thomas & Film Critic/Writer/Educator T.T. Stern-Enzi. See ya at the movies! Pam Additional info: www.blackfolksmakemovies.org

Here's the BFMM BUZZ!!! September's about to jump off in a Major way! Black Folks Make Movies is gearing up to plow through September and blow up October... BFMM screenings start in September with CAC on the 13th. We're showing for FREE, the rarely seen Harry Belafonte sci fi - yes, sci fi classic, The World, The Flesh and the Devil. Also starring Ingar Stevens & Mel Ferrer, this 1959 Warner Brothers release, asks the question what could happen if the world went away and we could start all over? Opening Reception at 6pm, seating at 6:30,film at 7, followed by discussion. Wanna see Harry at his best? Come checkout this film actually cinematically commenting on Njideka Akunyili Crosby's, Predecessors Exhibit speaking her own truth as a ...

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BAC (Black American Cinema) in March, ETHNIC NOTIONS

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'ETHNIC NOTIONS IS Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary (1986) that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have feuled anti-Black prejudice.'

In keeping with our monthly investigation into Black American Film history, Ethnic Notions hits the nail squarely on the head with searing look at racism in media, the arts, et.al. It clearly demonstrates where we STILL have to go.

A rare treat, not to be missed...

March 12, 2017

1-5 PM (Doors open at 1, screening begins promptly at 1:30PM, with discussion following)

St. Bernard Library

10 McClelland Street

Cincinnati, OH

Free and open to the public with contributions encouraged.

3/23/17

SCREENING NOTES:

Nice turnout! Everyone loved Ethnic Notions - which was well received by all!!! Sparked a great discussion

Had a Great discussion and was quite excited by attendance.

Looking forward to next event at the St. Bernard Library, another Marlon Riggs goodie, COLOR ADJUSTMENT. Should b e fun!

Pam

BFMM

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Coming up at the MINImicrocinema, March 19, 2017, 2-5PM is the rarely seen cult classic, LOOKING FOR LANGSTON. This poetic 'meditation' on literary icon, Langston Hughes, was written, produced and directed by noted filmmaker, Isaac Julian. Released in 1994, the film is both visually stunning and still highly controversial as it focuses on Hughes being gay. Many still have issues with this films' visual portrayal so you have been forwarned. I'll leave it at that...

This program is free & open to the public, though contributions are encouraged.

March 19, 2017

The MINImicrocinema

1329 Main Street

Cincinnati, OH

Doors open at 2pm, screening begins promptly at 2:30 with support from OUTREELS & RiverReels Film Festivals and the Cincinnati Fi...

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FADE2BLACK: A RETROSPECTIVE, Celebrating Black American Cinema 1910-Present, is based out of the University of Cincinnati's, Film & Digital Media Studies Center. F2B is an extraordinary display of Black American film from race movies to the present. paying tribute to the significant history, culture and contributions of Black Americans to American Cinema.

Screening approximately 20+ films over 5 days, FADE2BLACK2018: A Retrospective Celebration, picks up the initial thread cast in 1910 by Peter P. Jones, William Foster and others, and traveling that road to the brilliant tapestry of Black American cinema we have today. From Oscar Micheaux to Julie Dash, Melvyn Van Peebles, Neema Barnett, Spike Lee to Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels, Steve McQue...

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“Thanks for such a warm welcome. I could almost feel at home… In fact we’re not far from where I grew up in East London, but as a young man, I never thought I’d come here. In fact as an older man, I never thought I’d come here. But Oona invited me to speak here today. You know what she’s like, she’s a bit obsessed with diversity. I told her to get out more, & stop watching TV. Thing is, when you get out more, you see there’s a disconnect between the real world & TV world. People in the TV world often aren’t the same as people in the real world. And there’s an even bigger gap between people who make TV, and people who watch TV. I should know, I live in the TV world. And although...

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Very Simply, it's all about 'race movies' specifically, and how that relates to & impacts Black American Cinema - I'll also get into why I capitalize 'Black' & 'Cinema.'

Essentially, race movies are now known as, contemporary Black American Cinema. And what are 'race movies'? Well, Dorothy...race movies are films that were made primarily by African American filmmakers by, for and about the Black Community from 1910 through 1950. They celebrated our very existence. However, before I continue, the following is in response to a petition currently circulating regarding Bill Cosby...

My response to a petition to remove Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of fame:

"It is incomprehensible to me that a person as loathsome as Dr Cosby should ...

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Very Simply, it's all about 'race movies' specifically, and how that relates to & impacts Black American Cinema - I'll also get into why I capitalize 'Black' & 'Cinema.'

Essentially, race movies are now known as, contemporary Black American Cinema. And what are 'race movies'? Well, Dorothy...race movies are films that were made primarily by African American filmmakers by, for and about the Black Community from 1910 through 1950. They celebrated our very existence. However, before I continue, the following is in response to a petition currently circulating regarding Bill Cosby...

My response to a petition to remove Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of fame:

"It is incomprehensible to me that a person as loathsome as Dr Cosby should ...

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