If you’re not outraged by recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island, then you’re not paying attention. #Icantbreathe and #blacklivesmatter are vital movements that are changing the conversation about the oppression of African-American people in America.
That’s one reason why it’s important that Queer/Art/Film at the Independent Film Center in New York City Center is announcing their second annual summer-themed film series, “BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS,” a celebration of gay artists of color that truly dazzles.
Monday, May 11 is the official kick-off, with musician and performance artist M. Lamar presenting Isaac Julien’s classic Looking for Langston. I am so jealous of the New Yorkers who get to see this film on a big screen with all the pomp and circumstance it deserves. Looking for Langston is an artful, dreamy documentary about the gay poet Langston Hughes and his experiences during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 30s – it’s unforgettable, and definitely one of the highlights of my film school experience! If you live in NYC, don’t miss it.
Monday, June 8, actor Colman Domingo introduces the 1970’s hit film Mahogany starring Diana Ross, and July 20th will feature the very cool children’s writer Jacqueline Woodson presenting James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, a documentary about the man who wrote famously and wonderfully about the Civil Rights Movement in America. August 17 will wrap things up with the hilarious smash Friday, presented by poet Angel Nafis. For the full schedule and all the details, visit the IFC website.
“The black influence upon every aspect of LGBTQ life is as pervasive as breathing air,” said co-curator Pamela Sneed, sharing her duties with Stephen Winter. “We’re pleased this series will further recognize and celebrate some of the myriad ways African-American life and culture has represented and infused itself within queer filmmaking, and are thrilled to honor our guests’ vitally important position in the cultural and political landscape of New York City and beyond.”
I can’t think of a cooler thing to do on a hot summer night.