Flint’s African-American film series moves to virtual platform

FLINT, MI – An annual African-American film series with two films remaining on its list is moving to a virtual platform due to the unpredictable nature of the global coronavirus pandemic, organizers say.

The series, hosted by Communities First, Inc. in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts, is halfway there, with the first two installments being offered in the traditional in-person format of an FIA dinner and film. .

This was followed by a roundtable offered virtually the following Saturday via social media.

Due to the unpredictability of the current global pandemic, CFI felt it would be safer to convert the final films, “Finding Fellowship” and “Black Art: In the Absence of Light,” into a virtual platform, according to a statement. CFI press release. .

The decision was the best one to ensure the health and safety of the community, organizers said.

This year’s series marks the seventh year that the film series has been introduced to the Flint community.

The program of the last two films is as follows:

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Film screening – From Thursday January 13 to Monday January 17

Finding Fellowship dates back to 1968, an undoubtedly divided period of student protests and racial unrest to share the remarkable story of three racially segregated churches in Quince Orchard, Md. That came together in the wake of Martin’s assassination Luther King. Their decision to merge will surprise you. Their dedication to staying together will inspire you.

Finding fellowship is a story of possibility that reminds us that even in these divided times, the opportunity and responsibility to come together – heart to heart and hand to hand – rests within each of us.

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

Black Art: in the absence of light

Film screening – From Thursday February 10 to Sunday February 13.

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 the ideas and background of scholars and historians, as well as 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 the contemporary art world today.

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

It’s a free movie, registration is required. You can register at https://comfirst.eventive.org/films, and donations are accepted through the registration link.

A party pack will be offered to guests registered in the Flint area and will be available for local pickup at the FCI office, located at 415 W. Court St., in Flint for the week of the film screening. You will receive additional information on how to collect your Party Pack once your registration is complete.

For more information on the film series, go here.

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