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Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!EVERYTHING: The Real Thing StoryDirected by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019​Dubbed '...
04/14/2021

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

EVERYTHING: The Real Thing Story
Directed by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019

Dubbed 'the black Beatles' by the British tabloids, the 'other' four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream

#EverythingTheRealThingStory #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming #VirtualCinema

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

EVERYTHING: The Real Thing Story
Directed by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019

Dubbed 'the black Beatles' by the British tabloids, the 'other' four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream

#EverythingTheRealThingStory #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming #VirtualCinema

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe! Nationtime is the long-lost film William Greaves made about the 1972 National Black ...
04/04/2021

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe! Nationtime is the long-lost film William Greaves made about the 1972 National Black Political Convention. Despite multiple production challenges, William Greaves and his crew captured the piercing enthusiasm of this historic event and passed on it’s only filmed record.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream!

#Nationtime #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe! Nationtime is the long-lost film William Greaves made about the 1972 National Black Political Convention. Despite multiple production challenges, William Greaves and his crew captured the piercing enthusiasm of this historic event and passed on it’s only filmed record.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream!

#Nationtime #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming

Today's Film History feature is "Losing Ground" (1982) by Kathleen Collins.  In 2020 this semi-autobiographical classic ...
03/31/2021

Today's Film History feature is "Losing Ground" (1982) by Kathleen Collins. In 2020 this semi-autobiographical classic was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress!

About: "At the time of her death from cancer in 1988, Kathleen Collins was just 46 years old, but she was already an internationally renowned playwright, a popular professor (at New York’s City College) and a successful independent filmmaker.

Her second film, Losing Ground tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy.

Celebrating a recent museum sale, Victor decides to rent a country house where he can return to more realism after years working as an abstract expressionist. Away from the city, the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by Sara’s research and by Victor’s involvement with a young model. " -Milestone Films

#losingground #kathleencollins #cinephile #filmhistory #blackfilmmakers #blackdirectors #independentcinema

Today's Film History feature is "Losing Ground" (1982) by Kathleen Collins. In 2020 this semi-autobiographical classic was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress!

About: "At the time of her death from cancer in 1988, Kathleen Collins was just 46 years old, but she was already an internationally renowned playwright, a popular professor (at New York’s City College) and a successful independent filmmaker.

Her second film, Losing Ground tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy.

Celebrating a recent museum sale, Victor decides to rent a country house where he can return to more realism after years working as an abstract expressionist. Away from the city, the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by Sara’s research and by Victor’s involvement with a young model. " -Milestone Films

#losingground #kathleencollins #cinephile #filmhistory #blackfilmmakers #blackdirectors #independentcinema

Today's music feature is UMI's "Introspection Reimagined" EP. Her latest project is a collaborative rearrangement of her...
03/30/2021

Today's music feature is UMI's "Introspection Reimagined" EP. Her latest project is a collaborative rearrangement of her "Introspection" EP with live accompaniment from over a dozen invited artists.

"By reworking an existing body of work, UMI makes her progress something to which we all can bear witness. She dares to show the cracks in her voice, removing the studio polish and letting emotion take over: same person, same songs, different delivery. Some changes are subtle, others more significant. It’s not a small step to take as an up-and-coming artist, and it shows that she’s willing to go out of bounds for the sake of the candor that’s so central to her music." - Pitchfork Magazine

#umi #introspectionEP #introspectionreimagined #newmusic #livemusic #musicfeature

Today's music feature is UMI's "Introspection Reimagined" EP. Her latest project is a collaborative rearrangement of her "Introspection" EP with live accompaniment from over a dozen invited artists.

"By reworking an existing body of work, UMI makes her progress something to which we all can bear witness. She dares to show the cracks in her voice, removing the studio polish and letting emotion take over: same person, same songs, different delivery. Some changes are subtle, others more significant. It’s not a small step to take as an up-and-coming artist, and it shows that she’s willing to go out of bounds for the sake of the candor that’s so central to her music." - Pitchfork Magazine

#umi #introspectionEP #introspectionreimagined #newmusic #livemusic #musicfeature

A Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe Exclusive! THE CHANGIN' TIMES OF IKE WHITE, Directed by Daniel Vernon (78 minutes, UK.) Go to ...
03/29/2021

A Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe Exclusive! THE CHANGIN' TIMES OF IKE WHITE, Directed by Daniel Vernon (78 minutes, UK.)

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream.

About: Serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s, music prodigy Ike White had plenty of time to perfect his musical talent, but no hope of putting it to use in the outside world. From this notoriety, he was able to record an album inside the prison with big-time producer Jerry Goldstein (War, Sly and the Family Stone), while superstar Stevie Wonder lobbied successfully for Ike's early release from prison.

With an acclaimed album under his belt and the support of Wonder and others in the industry, Ike was poised for stardom. But, instead, he went off the grid for over 40 years. Daniel Vernon's mesmerizing new documentary is unpredictable and moving, echoing the strange journey of Ike White.

#movienight #virtualcinema #nowstreaming #ikewhite #danielvernon #watchnow #solcinema #whattowatch #nowshowing #movies #cinephile #cinema #filmstowatch

A Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe Exclusive! THE CHANGIN' TIMES OF IKE WHITE, Directed by Daniel Vernon (78 minutes, UK.)

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream.

About: Serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s, music prodigy Ike White had plenty of time to perfect his musical talent, but no hope of putting it to use in the outside world. From this notoriety, he was able to record an album inside the prison with big-time producer Jerry Goldstein (War, Sly and the Family Stone), while superstar Stevie Wonder lobbied successfully for Ike's early release from prison.

With an acclaimed album under his belt and the support of Wonder and others in the industry, Ike was poised for stardom. But, instead, he went off the grid for over 40 years. Daniel Vernon's mesmerizing new documentary is unpredictable and moving, echoing the strange journey of Ike White.

#movienight #virtualcinema #nowstreaming #ikewhite #danielvernon #watchnow #solcinema #whattowatch #nowshowing #movies #cinephile #cinema #filmstowatch

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIESDirected by Various Artists, 82 minStream at ...
03/27/2021

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES
Directed by Various Artists, 82 min

Stream at solcinemacafe.com

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

​"Love in Submission" by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf

Worlds collide when two different Muslim women meet each other for the first time through a mutual third party.

​"A Hollywood Party" by Toryn Seabrooks

An aspiring TV host encounters her lifelong idol at a Hollywood party but is mortified after the superstar accidentally spits on her lip mid-conversation.

​"Nowhere" by Lin Que Ayoung

A middle-aged Latina flees her controlling husband for a night of unadulterated freedom.

​"The Black Banshee" by Kyla Sylvers (Pictured Below)

Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind when the visions she's been having start to have dangerous consequences.

​"Auntie Zariyah" by Zora Bikangaga

Zach crashes with an auntie he's never met before and soon finds out that Auntie Zariyah is a 12-year-old influencer.

​"Pandemic Chronicles" by Ya’ke Smith

A three-part anthology series about love, loss, and grief during quarantine.

#ourrighttogaze #blackfilmidentities #nowstreaming #whattowatch #blackartists #blackdirectors #blackculture

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES
Directed by Various Artists, 82 min

Stream at solcinemacafe.com

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

​"Love in Submission" by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf

Worlds collide when two different Muslim women meet each other for the first time through a mutual third party.

​"A Hollywood Party" by Toryn Seabrooks

An aspiring TV host encounters her lifelong idol at a Hollywood party but is mortified after the superstar accidentally spits on her lip mid-conversation.

​"Nowhere" by Lin Que Ayoung

A middle-aged Latina flees her controlling husband for a night of unadulterated freedom.

​"The Black Banshee" by Kyla Sylvers (Pictured Below)

Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind when the visions she's been having start to have dangerous consequences.

​"Auntie Zariyah" by Zora Bikangaga

Zach crashes with an auntie he's never met before and soon finds out that Auntie Zariyah is a 12-year-old influencer.

​"Pandemic Chronicles" by Ya’ke Smith

A three-part anthology series about love, loss, and grief during quarantine.

#ourrighttogaze #blackfilmidentities #nowstreaming #whattowatch #blackartists #blackdirectors #blackculture

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!EVERYTHING: The Real Thing StoryDirected by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019​Dubbed '...
03/24/2021

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

EVERYTHING: The Real Thing Story
Directed by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019

Dubbed 'the black Beatles' by the British tabloids, the 'other' four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream.

#EverythingTheRealThingStory #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming #VirtualCinema

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

EVERYTHING: The Real Thing Story
Directed by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019

Dubbed 'the black Beatles' by the British tabloids, the 'other' four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream.

#EverythingTheRealThingStory #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming #VirtualCinema

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe! Nationtime is the long-lost film William Greaves made about the 1972 National Black ...
03/19/2021

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe! Nationtime is the long-lost film William Greaves made about the 1972 National Black Political Convention. Despite multiple production challenges, William Greaves and his crew captured the piercing enthusiasm of this historic event and passed on it’s only filmed record.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream!

#Nationtime #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming #VirtualCinema #WilliamGreaves

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe! Nationtime is the long-lost film William Greaves made about the 1972 National Black Political Convention. Despite multiple production challenges, William Greaves and his crew captured the piercing enthusiasm of this historic event and passed on it’s only filmed record.

Go to solcinemacafe.com to stream!

#Nationtime #SolCinemaCafe #ILoveSoulCinema #NowShowing #MovieNight #NowStreaming #VirtualCinema #WilliamGreaves

Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin On" turns 50 this year! With too many accolades to name, this album has topped several best-o...
03/16/2021

Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin On" turns 50 this year! With too many accolades to name, this album has topped several best-of-the-century and best-of-all-time lists - including 2020's Rolling Stone "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

"Throughout the ‘60s, Marvin Gaye was best known as “the prince of Motown’, having released over 30 hit singles on the label (including ‘Heard It Through the Grapevine’ and ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You). Following the death of his singing partner Tammi Terrell, however, Gaye switched paths with ‘What’s Going On’, a stridently political concept album narrated by a Vietnam war veteran and exploring police brutality, war poverty, drug abuse, and environmental issues. Selling over two million copies within a year, it took the pop core of Motown and made it personal." - NME

#marvingaye #whatsgoingon #bestalbumofthecentury #bestalbumofalltime #nme #rollingstone #bestmusic #musichistory

Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin On" turns 50 this year! With too many accolades to name, this album has topped several best-of-the-century and best-of-all-time lists - including 2020's Rolling Stone "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

"Throughout the ‘60s, Marvin Gaye was best known as “the prince of Motown’, having released over 30 hit singles on the label (including ‘Heard It Through the Grapevine’ and ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You). Following the death of his singing partner Tammi Terrell, however, Gaye switched paths with ‘What’s Going On’, a stridently political concept album narrated by a Vietnam war veteran and exploring police brutality, war poverty, drug abuse, and environmental issues. Selling over two million copies within a year, it took the pop core of Motown and made it personal." - NME

#marvingaye #whatsgoingon #bestalbumofthecentury #bestalbumofalltime #nme #rollingstone #bestmusic #musichistory

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIESDirected by Various Artists, 82 minStream at ...
03/16/2021

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES
Directed by Various Artists, 82 min

Stream at solcinemacafe.com

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

​"Love in Submission" by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf

Worlds collide when two different Muslim women meet each other for the first time through a mutual third party.

​"A Hollywood Party" by Toryn Seabrooks

An aspiring TV host encounters her lifelong idol at a Hollywood party but is mortified after the superstar accidentally spits on her lip mid-conversation.

​"Nowhere" by Lin Que Ayoung

A middle-aged Latina flees her controlling husband for a night of unadulterated freedom.

​"The Black Banshee" by Kyla Sylvers

Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind when the visions she's been having start to have dangerous consequences.

​"Auntie Zariyah" by Zora Bikangaga

Zach crashes with an auntie he's never met before and soon finds out that Auntie Zariyah is a 12-year-old influencer.

​"Pandemic Chronicles" by Ya’ke Smith (Pictured below)

A three-part anthology series about love, loss, and grief during quarantine.

#ourrighttogaze #blackfilmidentities #nowstreaming

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES
Directed by Various Artists, 82 min

Stream at solcinemacafe.com

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

​"Love in Submission" by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf

Worlds collide when two different Muslim women meet each other for the first time through a mutual third party.

​"A Hollywood Party" by Toryn Seabrooks

An aspiring TV host encounters her lifelong idol at a Hollywood party but is mortified after the superstar accidentally spits on her lip mid-conversation.

​"Nowhere" by Lin Que Ayoung

A middle-aged Latina flees her controlling husband for a night of unadulterated freedom.

​"The Black Banshee" by Kyla Sylvers

Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind when the visions she's been having start to have dangerous consequences.

​"Auntie Zariyah" by Zora Bikangaga

Zach crashes with an auntie he's never met before and soon finds out that Auntie Zariyah is a 12-year-old influencer.

​"Pandemic Chronicles" by Ya’ke Smith (Pictured below)

A three-part anthology series about love, loss, and grief during quarantine.

#ourrighttogaze #blackfilmidentities #nowstreaming

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Love that ImageNation just got a shout in the talk with Tilane Jones at the Bronze Len Film Festival! Bravo!
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By Linn Washington Jr. BERLIN, Germany—When Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith contemplated a life-changing decision nearly four decades ago to relocate over 4,000-miles from his hometown of Chicago, the words of his mentor, legendary jazz singer Oscar Brown Jr., weighed heavily on his mind. Donald Griffith. Photo by Linn Washington, Jr. Griffith remembered a challenge Brown issued him. Griffith said Brown had told him that if he “wished societal adjustments” he had to “assume responsibility for bringing those changes about.” Griffith once served as Brown’s manager, whose artistic portfolio included playwright, poet and actor. Griffith had expanded his own portfolio from a college degree with an emphasis on psychology and education into acting, dance and modeling. An invitation to Griffith to come to Berlin, Germany in 1979 to perform in a Broadway-style musical ignited a life-enriching artistic odyssey that created a body of accomplishments that have produced accolades for Griffith and that have elevated the recognition of Afro-American culture in Berlin. When in Berlin for that initial acting opportunity, Griffith said he “met a group of American co-performers and a German colleague, who were interested in creating artistic works, which also addressed social issues.” He decided to stay in Berlin at the conclusion of that theater contact. Griffith embraced the words of Oscar Brown Jr. and has made an artistic mark in Berlin, a city that does not enjoy recognition as a nourishing place for artistic expressions by Afro-Americans on par with Paris, France. “I was and am very fortunate to have wonderful friends and family, who supported our ambitions,” Griffith said. Ambitions Griffith held to influence social change through cultural expressions grew into institutions, the first being Fountainhead Tanz Theatre, an arts and cultural organization founded in 1980. Griffith said a mission of Fountainhead Tanz is to confront violence and prejudice through various cultural activities. Six years after the founding of Tanz Griffith produced and directed the first European Black Cultural Festival, a three-week long event that featured the contributions of blacks to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars. That Cultural Festival included inauguration of the Black International Cinema Berlin. That cinema event, now held annually, showcases films with subject matter about blacks but is not limited to black issues only. The distinguished group EFFE – Europe For Festivals/Festivals For Europe – now ranks Griffith’s film festival as one of “Europe’s finest” annual festivals. The 30th Anniversary of the Black Cinema Berlin in 2015 produced a “heartfelt congratulations” from the Cultural Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. A letter from the Attaché noted that one of the films selected for screening last year was an award-winning film about Griffith’s 1986 founding of the European Black Cultural Festival. The Attaché characterized Griffith’s Festival as “the beginnings of Black American culture in Germany.” Griffith has taken Cinema Berlin to other cities in Europe and America. Griffith’s achievements in Berlin led to an invitation from the University of Indiana in South Bend (USA) from him and his wife, ballerina Gayle, to create a dance theater department. While at that university from 1992-1995, the pair travelled annually to Berlin to produce the film festival and other cultural activities. From Fountainhead Tanz Theatre have flowed initiatives in theater, dance, films/videos, film distribution, film festivals, musical productions, publications, seminars, exhibitions and workshops. Another Tanz endeavor is Griffith hosting THE COLLEGIUM, a television program with a magazine style format broadcast regularly in Berlin and other German cities. Berlin is a city quickly associated in the minds of most Americans with Cold War intrigues and/or World War II Nazi-era excesses. However, Afro-American Griffith said race-based ugliness in Berlin and beyond has not proved a major problem in either his professional or personal experiences. “I have been fortunate to avoid unpleasantness in Europe, although one senses a change in attitude in the atmosphere, with declining economies and newcomers from various countries seeking to become a part of Europe,” Griffith said. Griffith credits his psychologist father and classical pianist mother for inspiration along with his “mentor” Oscar Brown Jr. “I was and am influenced by the intelligence, education, diligence and sense of responsibility of my parents, especially by father, John Willis Griffith.”
The Columbus Black International Film Festival is looking for afrofuturist scripts for a new writing competition called The Next 15 Minutes! Winning writers will receive travel & accommodations to come to the festival and see their entry performed in a live dramatic reading by actors! CHECK IT: https://artisticfreedomltd.wixsite.com/inkyfutures
If anyone's looking for a place to share their writing, I just started leading this bi-weekly writing group at the NY public library. The next meeting is this Saturday 3/2 at 3pm, 18 W 53 St (bw 5-6th aves, across from MoMA). More info here https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2019/03/02/53rd-street-writing-workshop