Sun, Feb 26|
Museum of The Moving Image
(Day Two) Black History MonthFilm Festival 2023
An Amazon Studios produced feature film screening of, "Autumn Beat".Plus, a Short Film Showcase, followed by a Q&A discussion.This free showcase will feature a selection of short films, including one written, shot, and produced by students and Alumni of The Afrikan Poetry Theatre. Film Classes.
Time & Location
Feb 26, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Museum of The Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106, USA
About the Event
The Afrikan Poetry Theatre's 8th anual
Black History Month Film Festival:
@Museum of The Moving Image
Hosted by Vernon “Smij” Williams
(Afrikan Poetry Theatre’s Director of Programs)
Short Film Showcase: 2:00 p.m
Followed by a Q&A discussion, this free showcase will feature a selection of short films, including one written, shot, and produced by students and Alumni of The Afrikan Poetry Theatre.
Film Educational Initiative.
1. No Way Home
Directed by: Atiyah Taylor, Is a documentary about the homeless crisis for immigrants in New York City that was developed in The Afrikan Poetry Theatre’s film class.
- Not Enough
Directed by: Gabrielle Barlatier about a married couple seeking to restore their relationship.
- Home Confinement (New Episode)
a locally shot situational comedy directed by Vernon “Smij” Williams about an ex-con who becomes a babysitter. Total runtime: 64 min.
Featured Film 3pm
Produced by Amazon Studios
with Indiana Productions
Dir. Antonio Dikele Distefano. 2022, 103 mins.
Autumn Beat is a moving, unprecedented story depicting Black culture in Italy. The film is about two brothers, Tito (Seydou) and Paco (Abby 6ix), who have the same dream: to break into the rap music industry. Paco is a born performer and Tito knows how to write yet ambition, life, and love for the same woman will test their bond. Using music as a symbol for redemption and the search for identity and stunningly shot by cinematographer Luigi Martinucci, director Antonio Dikele Distefano’s film is a beautifully crafted story expanding over decades of the lives of brothers and sons.
Following the screening, there will be a discussion in the Fox Amphitheater with director Antonio Dikele Distefano; Vernon “Smij” Williams of Afrikan Poetry Theatre; and Sarah Von H, music curator and founder of the cultural journal RAREPEACE, about the production of Autumn Beat and the use of hip-hop music in film.