African-American Flint Film Series Kicks Off Thursday with Questlove’s “Summer of Soul”

FLINT, MI – An annual African American film series designed to inspire, inform, empower and entertain attendees begins this week.

Communities First, Inc. will host its 2021 African American Film Series in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts.

This year’s series represents the seventh year that this series has been introduced to the Flint community and will return in the traditional format of a in-person movie.

The series will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 11 at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. All film screenings will take place at the arts institute.

However, due to the success of last year’s series, the organization decided to host the roundtable live on Facebook on Saturday, November 13 after the film, according to a press release from Communities First.

This is a free in-person film event. Seats are limited to the first 200 guests and there is a suggested donation of $ 5 per person.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and films will start at 7 p.m.

On the Saturday following each film, a roundtable will be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube on the themes of the films, according to the press release.

“Words cannot describe how thrilled we are to return to an in-person version of the African American film series,” said Glenn Wilson, President and CEO of Communities First. “We look forward to bringing this wonderful event to our community and seeing those who have come to love the film series over the past seven years.”

The film series takes place once a month from November through February and is sponsored in part by Cinnaire, WEYI-TV, Gary, Carol and Lynne Hurand, Genesee Health System, General Motors and The Flint Institute of Arts.

The program of the film series is as follows:

Thursday November 11 – Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The documentary examines this festival, which s’ is held at Mount Morris Park, now called Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The festival lasted for six weeks and despite a large turnout and high caliber artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, The Staple Singers, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Sly and the Family Stone, the festival was considered obscure in pop culture, something documentary filmmakers are investigating.

Roundtable – Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. on the Communities First, Inc. Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 – A more beautiful thing

A Most Beautiful Thing explores not only the safety these young men found on the water (where, as the captain says, “we were in a place where we couldn’t hear the sound of sirens”), but the trauma. of violence and cyclical poverty. , examining how these young men were able to help each other reinvent a different future for themselves, and how rowing and water provided the backdrop for this opportunity. These young men came together, after 20 years off the boat, to race last summer, not only to celebrate the founding of the team, but the fact that they are still alive. This is their story.

Roundtable – Saturday, December 4 at 2 p.m. on the Communities First, Inc. Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Thursday January 13, 2022 – Find a scholarship

The title Finding Fellowship is a two-way street. Fellowship is the name of the street where two of the film’s subjects, Kisha and Jason, grew up. This documentary aims to actively unearth and find the history of the community in which they grew up and the street in which they grew up is a wonderful symbol of that community.

But the film is also about the power of people coming together for a common good and how this can only be achieved when actively pursued. In a world where we are often told that we are hopelessly divided, we still believe in fellowship and it is this story that gives us hope.

Roundtable – January 15 at 2 p.m. on the Communities First, Inc. Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Thursday February 10, 2022 – Black Art: in the absence of light

Inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” the documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light offers an enlightening introduction to the work of some of the greatest black visual artists working today. hui.

Directed by Sam Pollard, the film highlights the extraordinary impacts of Driskell’s exhibition on generations of black artists who have claimed their rightful place in the art world of the 21st century. Interweaving insights and background from academics and historians, plus interviews with a new generation of working African-American curators and artists including Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and Carrie Mae Weems, the documentary is a look at the contributions of Black American Artist in today’s contemporary art world.

Round table – February 12 at 2 p.m. on the Communities First, Inc. Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Communities First, Inc. is a Flint-based, non-profit community development company that was founded in 2010. CFI’s priorities are affordable housing, economic development, green programs and quality of life programs. CFI is committed to building sustainable and equitable communities in regions in difficulty.

The organization is the developer of Oak Street Senior Apartments and Swayze Court Apartments located in downtown Flint and has Culture Shock and Green Life programs among its programs. More information about Communities First, Inc. can be found at

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