Nothing says Independence Day like the beginning of the Afro Punk festival this Friday. The festival will go on from July 4th – 13th.
July 4th:AM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.)
Directed by Eric Martz
Strange but true: in Howard Beach on a 26 acre farm, the Federation of Black Cowboys keeps the western faith. This documentary follows the volunteer group as they train local youths in horsemanship. There’s no more majestic sight than four or five black cowboys riding on horseback down the mean streets of Brooklyn.
July 5th: Skate Clinic
The Afro-Punk Skate Park including ramps and a half-pipe will be erected in GGMC parking lot adjacent to BAM at Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place.
The skate park is open for five days of the festival.
Staffed by BMX and pro skaters who will give demonstrations, the skate park will provide free instruction for youth of all ages along with boards, pads, and helmets. Rounding out the skate park will be a music stage hosting a high-energy series of DJ sets and band performances.
July 6th: BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.)
Directed by Jules Dassin
With Ruby Dee, Raymond St. Jacques, Frank Silvera
Starring some of the greatest black actors of the 60s and set in the days just after MLK’s assassination, Up Tight! was a visceral punch in the face to American emotional story of black rebellion that channels the anger and frustration many felt at the time. Channel 4 Film calls Up Tight! an [i]ntelligently directed tale of urban revolt.
July 7th:AM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.)
Directed by Jennifer Sharp
With Anthony Montgomery, Ryan Alosio
An award-winner on the festival circuit, I’m Through with White Girls addresses the problems of being the only black member of a hipster group of friends as indie-rock, comic-book obsessed Jay gives up dating white girls. Funny and well-acted, the film’s simple charms belie its honest take on race relations in the MySpace era.
*A Q&A with Jennifer Sharp will follow the screening.
July 8th: BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.)Directed by James Spooner
With Ayinde Howell
Afro-Punk director James Spooner’s second feature film deals with a kid named AJ. His real name is Ajamu Talib, but his dislike for his African name is the least of his problems. Brooklyn born and bred, yet outcast by his peers, his only escape is through rock and roll, until he finds that his chosen community, the white rock world, only seems to run smoothly for the white kids. What’s a young black rocker to do? The Hollywood Reporter notes, For his first narrative feature, documentary filmmaker James Spooner (Afro-Punk) goes with what he knows, telling the story of a young African-American man who discovers that the New York underground music world he’s immersed in isn’t as colorblind as he had believed.
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