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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.

(Day Two) Black History MonthFilm Festival 2023
(Day Two) Black History MonthFilm Festival 2023

Time & Location

Feb 26, 2023, 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.

  1. Not Enough

Directed by: Gabrielle Barlatier about a married couple seeking to restore their relationship.

  1. 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

Autumn Beat:

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.

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