Just read that marquee… We are celebrating another SOLD OUT screening for our award winning movie, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” which recently had it’s debut in New York as an “Official Selection” of BAMcinématek and Act Now Foundation’s New Voices in Black Cinema Film Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). This was big! The movie was well received by all who attended.
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The line to get in ran outside of the building (which was a great opportunity to give people a chance to see the FunkJazz Kafé flag waver inside and outside of the building to stir some excitement). It was good to see Brooklyn’s community of artist, film enthusiasts, poets, journalists, actors, musicians, singers and lovers of the arts in general came out. I ran into Saul Williams (Poet/Author/Actor), finally shook hands with Nelson George (“Brooklyn Boheme” writer & director/ historian/Author), hugged Karen Good Marable (Writer/Journalist) in the hallway and her met her husband Maurice Marable , ran into several entertainment industry influencers like Wes Felton (Singer/Rapper/Actor/Filmmaker), Yahzarah St. James (Soul Artist/Foreign Exchange), Loretta Rucker (African-American Public Radio Consortium), Gordon Chambers (Soul Singer/Writer), Dominga Martin (Filmmaker & Editor of Creme Magazine), Isoul Harris (Editor of Uptown Magazine), Patrick Riley (TV Personality/Writer), Michael K. Watts (Live! From Front Row), Jamilla Deria (Apollo Theater), Adrian Franks (Visual Artist), Brandi Pettijohn (Photographer), Fredara Hadley (Writer/Jooski), Todd James (Filmmaker), Stephanie S. Hughley (BAM VP of Education & Humanities/former National Black Arts Festival Exec. Director), Vinnie Bernard (Soul Artist mentioned in the movie as one of the inspirations of FunkJazz Kafé) and met several new friends making this night an enjoyable one!
The house was PACKED! There were even people without seats willing to stand in the aisles and along the walls in the back of the theater just to witness it! This Brooklyn audience laughed without delay at the humorous comments (by Joi and Erykah Badu), clapped at the end of the musical performances (especially Doug E. Fresh’s “Come Again”) and shook their heads at the undeniable social changes in Black music mentioned in the movie (by Cee Lo Green, Kevin Powell, Dick Gregory, Professor Griff, George Clinton, Roy Ayers, Stic Man, Dallas Austin and Speech) and smiled with enlightenment at the educational facts (by Cornel West, Jamal Ahmad and Chuck D). What was even more gratifying, 98% of the crowd stayed for the Q&A that followed and asked questions until we got booted out of the theater.
This wasn’t the first sold out screening while on the film tour but it certainly was one of the most important places to have a sell out crowd! Many thanks to Kelli Williams (Muse Solutions) for her diligence in helping us to make it a reality and Curtis Caeser John for selecting the film. We left the cinema at BAM with an energy of excitement in the air similar to the FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festivals in Atlanta! We’re looking forward to an encore performance in NYC so be sure to send us your email if you missed it (firstname.lastname@example.org) and if you did see it at the debut screening, please tell a friend about it and bring them with you when we return.
Thanks again New York for taking advantage of the opportunity to see this music documentary movie of African-American excellence in music, American history and popular culture on the big screen! It has truly been a source of inspiration for arts communities in other cities that “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade” has screened like Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Charlotte and St. Marteen. Now we can finally add Brooklyn to that list!!!!
Check out the Indiewire/Shadow And Act “Six Things You Should Know About The Director” interview with “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” writer and director, Jason Orr by clicking on the logo below.
If you want to see “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” in your city, please hit the “DEMAND IT” button on the right side of this page. As you can see, we’re getting around to all of the cities that let us know that they want to see this movie. It worked for LOS ANGELES, DETROIT, ATLANTA and NEW YORK!!!! Thanks again for your continued support.
(Photos By Nicolas A. Nichols, Patrick Riley, Wes Felton and Jason A. John)