Flint’s African American film series kicks off this month

FLINT, MI — An annual tradition designed to celebrate and inspire African American creatives returns this month.

Flint-based organization Communities First, Inc. announced the eighth annual African American Film Series in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts.

The series takes place once a month from November through February, with films screening November 10, December 1, January 12, and February 9 at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St.

Before the films, guests are invited to visit the FIA ​​galleries and enjoy a complimentary dinner. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and movies start at 6:45 p.m.

The chosen films are designed to “showcase the works of African-American creators,” according to a press release.

CFI will host a round table on Facebook Live on the Saturday following each film. Panelists include local leaders, industry professionals, and often film product members who discuss each film’s themes.

“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 Inc. to bring this wonderful event to our community and see those who have come to love the film series over the past seven years.

The schedule for the film series is as follows:

Screening of the film – Citizen Ashe on November 10

Flint Institute of the Arts | Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie at 6:45 p.m.

“Citizen Ashe” explores the lasting legacy of great tenant and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, tracing his personal evolution from sports legend to global endeavors. His own words reveal his determination to “use what he had to do what he could”.

Citizen Ashe Roundtable on November 12

YouTube and Facebook Live | 2 p.m.

Screening of the film – Aftershock on December 1

Flint Institute of the Arts | Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie at 6:45 p.m.

Following the preventable deaths of their loved ones from childbirth complications, two families are galvanizing activists, midwives and doctors to tackle one of America’s most pressing crises of our time – the crisis of maternal health in the United States.

Roundtable on Aftershocks – December 3

YouTube and Facebook Live | 2 p.m.

A Place Called Desire – January 12, 2023

Flint Institute of the Arts | Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie at 6:45 p.m.

A “Place Called Desire” is a feature-length documentary telling the powerful story of an often-forgotten community in New Orleans’ upper 9th Ward. It has been in the works for 12 years and offers many unforgettable history lessons and memorable stories of love and community.

A Place Called Desire Panel Discussion – January 14, 2023

YouTube and Facebook live | 2 p.m.

Save the Date – February 9, 2023

Flint Institute of the Arts | Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie at 6:45 p.m.

Roundtable – February 11, 2023

YouTube and Facebook Live | 2:00 p.m.

Earlier this year, Communities First, Inc. announced a mixed-use project in Flint for the Grand on University.

The 48-unit mixed-income development provides much-needed housing for Flint families. The development will feature 43 affordable units, five market rate units and is a $16.7 million project.

For more information about Communities First, Inc., go here.

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