Go behind the scenes of the U.S. premiere of Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, which took place at the world-famous Apollo Theater as part of the 56th New York Film Festival—the first time that the festival presented a screening at the historic venue. The film was largely shot in New York City, including many Harlem locations. Annapurna Pictures, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the Apollo Theater worked together to present a host of outreach programs connected to the screening; local students as well as Harlem residents were among the first audiences invited to see the James Baldwin adaptation, in the neighborhood that is home to its characters.
Click play above to hit the red carpet and see the full introduction featuring the Baldwin family and the post-screening Q&A with cast and crew.
The event took place October 9, 2018 and attendees included cast members KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Diego Luna, Finn Wittrock, Ed Skrein, Aunjanue Ellis, Emily Rios, Ebony Obsidian, Dominique Thorne. Filmmakers in attendance included Writer/Director/Producer Barry Jenkins, Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, PASTEL’s Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy, composer Nicholas Britell, cinematographer James Laxton, costume designer Caroline Eselin-Schaeffer, editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders.