Uptown Film

Uptown Tonight: Black And Cuba @ The Schomburg Center

Uptown Tonight: Black And Cuba @ The Schomburg Center

This award-winning documentary follows street-smart Ivy League students who band together on an adventure to the enigmatic Caribbean island of Cuba, where the population is 60% black. Their journey reveals enthralling scenes of Cuban life, including hip-hop performances, block parties, and candid encounters with Afro-Cuban youth. As they film, the young travelers discover connections between Cuban and […]


Casting Call – The Get Down

Casting Call – The Get Down

Listen up folks: You still have a chance to be a part of this groundbreaking project. The Get Down by Baz Luhrmann will be available worldwide on Netflix on August 12th, 2016 but will be filming until April. Email current photos and phone number to getdown@gwcnyc.com with the SUBJECT LINE reading: Uptown Collective, Name, Union […]


2/7/16: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution @ The Apollo Theater

2/7/16: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution @ The Apollo Theater

Sunday, Feb 7 at 2 PM The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution The Apollo Theater, in partnership with Independent Lens & THIRTEEN, presents a free screening of Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture and to […]


12/20/15: A Miracle On 34th Street @ The United Palace

12/20/15: A Miracle On 34th Street @ The United Palace

Miracle on 34th Street Sunday, December 20, 2015, 04:00pm The Women of Fox Film Festival Doors open at 4pm; Pre-show entertainment at 5pm; movie at 5:30pm. Pre-show caroling Intro by New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick and classic film blogger Will McKinley Where a tuxedo or gown and get in for free! Tickets: $10 […]


Spread Love: C-Rock Is Now On-Demand

Spread Love: C-Rock Is Now On-Demand

In the summer, boys leap from heights up to 110 feet into the Harlem River. It’s a dangerous rite of passage going back generations in the Bronx, New York City. In this festival favorite short documentary, kids stand struck with fear on the cliff’s edge while others taunt from the water. Some dare to try […]


9/19/15: The Official Latino Short Film Festival

9/19/15: The Official Latino Short Film Festival

The Official Latino Film Festival is a One-Day Event on Sept. 19, taking place at the Poet’s Den Theater ((309 East 108th St.) from 12pm – 10pm. The festival will showcase 50 films produced and directed by American Latino filmmakers from all over the United States. The event’s mission aims to assist in recognizing and […]


Maria Montez, The Movie – 7 Questions With Celinés Toribio

Maria Montez, The Movie – 7 Questions With Celinés Toribio

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) 64 years ago today, Maria Montez passed away but not before making history. Maria Montez went from humble origins in Barahona, Dominican Republic to the heights of Hollywood in the 1940’s. Known as the Queen of Technicolor, Maria Montez appeared in 26 films in the United States and Europe. Through sheer […]


9/9/15: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Time is Illmatic

9/9/15: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Time is Illmatic

Soak up the sweet last days of summer with a free movie screening of NAS: Time is iLLmatic SEPTEMBER 9th, 2015 Morningside Park Upper Lawn 113th St. & Morningside Drive Music by OP! at 6:30 Movie Screening at 8pmBring your friends + family, lawn chairs + blankets Come early and get your SWEET spot! Presented […]


Amy – The Review

Amy – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Amy Winehouse died four years ago today, July 23rd. The immensely talented but troubled songstress perished at the age of 27. By the time of her death in 2011, she had become the punching bag of comedians and late night hosts on both sides of the Atlantic for her disheveled appearance […]


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – The Review

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The Black Panthers changed everything. I mean everything. The Black Panther’s racial, social and cultural impact on this country and beyond is seismic yet little understood. Instead of the marching and solemnity that was a hallmark of the Civil Rights era; the Black Panthers were brash, angry and armed. The Black […]


Dominican Film Festival to Feature More Than 50 Movies Uptown This Week | DNAinfo

Dominican Film Festival to Feature More Than 50 Movies Uptown This Week | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The largest celebration of Dominican cinema outside the nation itself is happening Uptown this week with the Dominican Film Festival in New York. Now in its fourth year, the festival will showcase more than 50 films by both leaders in the Dominican film industry and emerging talents. The festival runs June […]


5/29/15: Millie and the Lords @ Maysles Cinema

5/29/15: Millie and the Lords @ Maysles Cinema

Millie and the Lords Maysles Cinema (343 Malcolm X Blvd) Friday, May 29th 2015 @ 9:30pm The People’s Film Festival is kicking off at Maysles Cinema this Friday the 29th with Mille and the Lords. The film infuses the legendary history of Puerto Rican activist group The Young Lords Party and the story of Milagros […]


Khalik Allah’s Movie Captures Harlem Faces and Voices by Moonlight | NY Times

Khalik Allah’s Movie Captures Harlem Faces and Voices by Moonlight | NY Times

By NICOLAS RAPOLD Shot at night, the Harlem subjects of the photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah have a soulful glow even when their circumstances are dire. In his film “Field Niggas,” Mr. Allah records the struggling denizens of the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. His rich use of color, chiaroscuro, slow motion and […]


4/12/15: Concerning Violence Screening @ MIST Harlem

4/12/15: Concerning Violence Screening @ MIST Harlem

Right off 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Concerning Violence is a film by Göran Olsson narrating the events of African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s from colonial rule and narrated by Lauryn Hill. As confrontational as it is ultimately rewarding, Concerning Violence is a scathing indictment of past misdeeds — and a sobering reminder […]


NoMAA TA Workshops Series 2015: Introduction to the NUTS & BOLTS of Filmmaking for Short films

NoMAA TA Workshops Series 2015: Introduction to the NUTS & BOLTS of Filmmaking for Short films

Inwood Center 5030 Broadway, 6th Floor New York, New York 10034 Imelda O’Reilly, is a filmmaker and previously taught at NYU as an Assistant Arts Professor in the graduate film program located in TischAsia, Singapore. She will lead this three- part workshop series on the Introduction to the NUTS and BOLTS of filmmaking for short […]


Put You On: We Like It Like That

Put You On: We Like It Like That

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Do you know what Latin boogaloo is? While it was eventually eclipsed by Salsa, Latin boogaloo was the sound of the Latino barrios of New York City in the 1960’s. It was funky, it was brash and it was bi-lingual. We Like It Like That tells the story of this somewhat […]


First-Ever Inwood Film Festival to Put the Spotlight on Uptown | DNAinfo

First-Ever Inwood Film Festival to Put the Spotlight on Uptown | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong INWOOD — Move over, TriBeCa — Uptown is getting its own film festival. A trio of Inwood movie buffs wanting to turn the camera on their own neighborhood have launched the Inwood Film Festival, which will feature short films that were either shot there or created by locals. The festival, set for February 2016, is the […]


Put You On: Concerning Violence – The Review

Put You On: Concerning Violence – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Frantz Fanon was, in many ways, the Che Guevara of the French-speaking world. The Martinique-born intellectual/psychiatrist/revolutionary succumbed to Leukemia in 1961. He was only 36-years-old. The very same week he died, his master opus, The Wretched of the Earth, was published. It was immediately confiscated and banned in France. The book […]


Harlem Independent Theater launches $30K fundraising campaign|Columbia Spectator

Harlem Independent Theater launches $30K fundraising campaign|Columbia Spectator

By Sasha Zients Spectator Staff Writer The Harlem Independent Theater—an affordable movie theater, event space, and café and bar on track to open next summer—has launched a campaign to raise $30,000 by Nov. 25. The idea for HIT was conceived by Mark Blackman—an informal educator, comedian, filmmaker, and eight-year Harlem resident—and Eleanor Luken, an environmental […]


Frankenstein Comes To The United Palace For Halloween

Frankenstein Comes To The United Palace For Halloween

Get this: This Halloween, the classic film Frankenstein will be shown on the United Palace’s colossal screen with a spanking new score from guitar great Gary Lucas. Before the film, there will will be a Halloween parade in the venerable movie palace. Frankenstein will be shown in it’s full digital glory in English with Spanish […]


Spread Love: Support Mari en Maraña

Spread Love: Support Mari en Maraña

If we don’t support our art, who will? Making a film isn’t easy. It takes gumption, dedication, skill, patience, and oh yeah, money. The young people behind Mari en Maraña are trying to make a short film that takes the classic story of Romeo and Juliet and transposes it to present-day Washington Heights with Dominican […]


10/24/14: Celebrate Food Day @ Word Up Books

10/24/14: Celebrate Food Day @ Word Up Books


Time Travel Tuesdays: A Film Maker Evokes The World of Frankfort-On-The-Hudson | NY Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: A Film Maker Evokes The World of Frankfort-On-The-Hudson | NY Times

By MERVYN ROTHSTEIN Published: August 24, 1986 In 1936, when Manny Kirchheimer was 5 years old, he and his family fled Hitler’s Germany and settled in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. They were not alone – by 1950 there were 20,000 Jews in Washington Heights, most of whom had come to this country from […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Mari en Maraña

Indiegogo Spotlight: Mari en Maraña

Mari en Maraña – A Short Film The Breakdown A Dominican college freshman finds her first break heating up when a chance encounter with a Haitian stranger leads to turmoil at her grandmother’s 90th birthday party. The lowdown is uptown: “Romeo & Juliet”, Heights-certified.

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