Spotlight & Special Screenings

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Screened on Sunday, 02/28 @ 6:30PM PT

The Water Man

Directed by David Oyelowo

The Water Man is a fantasy-adventure film about a young boy named Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) who sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who knows the secret to immortality. Gunner enlists the help of a mysterious local girl (Amiah Miller) who has her own terrifying tale of meeting this figure, known as the Water Man, face-to-face. Together they journey into the remote Wild Horse forest, but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Back home, Gunner’s father, Amos (Oyelowo), who has grown distant from Gunner over the years, will stop at nothing to find his son — and in the process discovers who his son really is.

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Maria Bello, Alfred Molina
Q&A to Follow Screening

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Screened on Sunday, 02/09 @ 6:00PM PT

Judas And The Black Messiah

Directed by Shaka King

Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Screened on Saturday, 02/20 @ 5:00PM PT

41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers

Directed by Gregory Everett

The first part in a documentary series that follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its glorious Black Power beginnings through to its tragic demise. The film explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the L.A.P.D. and the U.S. Organization, as well as the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the L.A. chapter.

SPECIAL SCREENING

Screened on Wednesday, 03/03 @ 4:00PM PT

Clarice

CBS Television Network

“You Can’t Rule Me” — When Ardelia (Devyn Tyler) is recruited to assist Krendler’s Bureau rival, SA Anthony Herman (David Hewlett) investigate the assassination of a suspect it causes friction between two friends, her and Clarice (Rebecca Breeds).

Q&A to Follow Screening
Moderator: Anthony Johnson
Rebecca Breeds, “Clarice Starling”, Devyn Tyler, “Ardelia Mapp”, Jenny Lumet, Co-Creator/Executive Producer,
Elizabeth Klaviter, Executive Producer/Showrunner, DeMane Davis, Co-Executive Producer, Kristen Marston, Color of Change

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Screened on Wednesday, 03/06 @ 6:00PM PT

Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend

Directed by Ryan Matthew Polomski

RAYMOND LEWIS: L.A. LEGEND tells the true story of the mythical basketball legend from Watts California who was blackballed as a rookie from the NBA in the early 1970s following an ugly contract dispute with the Philadelphia 76ers. The film features exclusively uncovered archival footage dating back over 50 years, along with a deep array of over 45 personal interviews that tell the incredibly strange and heartbreaking tale of a once-in-a-generation talent who was shunned by a game he was destined…

Q&A to Follow Screening
Moderator: Anthony Johnson
Ryan Polomski, Dean Prater, Kamilah Rae Lewis, Dr. Adrian Chivers, and Dr. Anthony Samaad

CENTERPIECE FILM

Screened on Sunday, 03/07 @ 6:00PM PT

American Skin

Directed by Nate Parker

After witnessing his son murdered by a white police officer who goes uncharged, Marine veteran Lincoln ‘Linc’ Jefferson takes justice into his own hands in a series of events he hopes will finally lead to justice for his son.
Starring Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Beau Knapp, Nate Parker

Q&A to Follow Screening

CONVERSATION WITH TYLER PERRY, ANDRA DAY & LEE DANIELS

Screened on Wednesday, 03/10 @ 6:00PM PT

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Directed by Lee Daniels
HULU

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.” Led by Oscar® nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay Writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement. NAACP Image Award® Nominee Trevante Rhodes and Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey.
Cast: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund

SPECIAL SCREENING

Screened on Thursday, 03/11 @ 6:00PM PT

Genius: Aretha

NAT GEO & DISNEY

This third season of Genius will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world.
Cast: David Cross, Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance

Q&A to Follow Screening

SPECIAL SCREENING

Screened on Friday, 03/12 @ 6:00PM PT

The Neighborhood

CBS TV & CBS Studios

A comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness.
Cast: Cedric The Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears, Beth Behrs

Q&A to Follow Screening
Moderated by Wilson Morales
Panelists: Cedric The Entertainer, Tichina Arnold, Marcel Spears, Sheaun McKinney, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs

SPECIAL SCREENING

Screened on Friday, 03/12 @ 6:00PM PT

Bob Hearts Abishola

Warner Bros. TV & CBS TV

Bob, a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit, unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over.

Q&A to Follow Screening
Moderated by Wilson Morales
Panelists: Folake Olowofoyeku, Billy Gardell, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Vernee Watson, Gina Yashere

SPECIAL SCREENING

Screened on Saturday, 03/13 @ 6:00PM PT

The Equalizer

NBCUniversal TV & CBS TV

An enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall investigates a community activist’s staged suicide and uncovers a connection between his murder and his protests over local real estate development.
Cast: Queen Latifah, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg

Q&A to Follow Screening
Moderated by Sidra Smith

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Screened on Sunday, 03/14 @ 6:00PM PT

Executive Order

Directed by Lázaro Ramos

Set in a dystopian near-future in Rio de Janeiro, a lawyer sues the Brazilian government for reparation of all descendants of African slaves in the country. The authoritarian government responds by signing an executive order sending all Black citizens to Africa as an excuse to repay the debts of slavery. Citizens are measured by their skin color, hunted and exiled to Africa against their will. While the army and police enforce the law, he enlists his uncle to find his wife, a doctor who has gone…

Starring Alfred Enoch, Taís Araújo, Seu Jorge, Adirana Esteves, Renata Sorrah

Q&A to Follow Screening

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