Black Filmmakers Spotlight: Resources and Links

With the start of Black History Month, Film at Lincoln Center is proud to launch a month-long initiative that celebrates, showcases, and honors the extraordinary Black filmmakers and artists who have helped shape cinema and the larger cultural landscape. Throughout February, we’ll be sharing resources and engagement tools dedicated to putting the focus on Black voices from around the globe.

February Social Schedule

Our February schedule of content includes:

February Programming

Still from Ephraim Asili’s Fluid Frontiers

This month FLC is also presenting programming relevant to the global Black experience. The 28th New York African Film Festival, presented with African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), takes place February 4-14 in our Virtual Cinema and continues in the Maysles Documentary Center Virtual Cinema from February 18 to March 4. Starting February 26th, we are also screening The Diaspora Suite, a collection of short films from Ephraim Asili, whose, The Inheritance, played at the 58th New York Film Festival and opens at FLC this March.

February Talks

Free Talk: Visions of Africa

Shaka King on Judas and the Black Messiah

Free Talk: See You At The Séance
Friday, February 26, 6pm ET. Advance registration required!

Creators who use the archive to commune with the future come together to discuss how they craft translations of Blackness through the bending, wielding, and visual exploration of time. What are the tangible effects of this holy, intangible ritual? Join NYC’s Upside Film Festival and FLC for a special evening of music and conversation that closes out Black History Month with an eye towards Black futures.

6:00pm ET: Live music set by DJ HIGHGNX

6:20pm ET: Panel discussion with Jourdain Searles (Medium, The New York Times, Variety), Idris Brewster (TRAVELING THE INTERSTITIUM WITH OCTAVIA BUTLER, The Monuments Project), Vernon Jordan III (See My Dreams Come TrueScreencraft 2020), and more participants to be announced soon!

Filmmaker Conversations on Race and Black History

Explore our archive of interviews and Q&As with filmmakers including Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Steve McQueen, Barry Jenkins, Sam Pollard, Dee Rees, Yance Ford, and more discussing their films as they relate to the subject of race in America and the Black experience. 

Explore the playlist below or on YouTube.

Community Corner

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and share your voice on related community questions every Friday.

Film Comment Articles

Explore the Film Comment archives for additional reading and film criticism:

Offer Support Beyond Film at Lincoln Center

Support Black-led organizations and filmmaking initiatives:

Check back for more to come!