Uptown Film

Ava DuVernay’s 13th Reframes American History | The Atlantic

Ava DuVernay's 13th Reframes American History | The Atlantic

BY Juleyka Lantigua-Williams Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them. Many […]


Put You On: Throw

Put You On: Throw

Growing up in the violence ridden and gang infested slums of East Baltimore is hard enough. Imagine having to grow up in that environment with a speech impediment. Add to that a relentless determination to not conform. That was the unhappy life of Coffin Nachtmahr until he found purpose, acceptance and community in the “throwers” […]


Lin-Manuel Miranda Launches Fundraiser At Iconic Manhattan Theatre | Broadway World

Lin-Manuel Miranda Launches Fundraiser At Iconic Manhattan Theatre | Broadway World

Lin-Manuel Miranda continues his longstanding support of movies at the United Palace in Washington Heights with a $100K donation for a new DCP projection system that will produce a Hollywood-quality image. He will debut the new projector on October 16 with a screening of the original Mary Poppins, which he will introduce. The classic 1964 […]


Filmmaker Takes a Stand Against Anti-Gay Harlem Church | NBC News

Filmmaker Takes a Stand Against Anti-Gay Harlem Church | NBC News

by Alamin Yohannes In his new film, “My Harlem,” filmmaker Jeff L. Lieberman takes a stand against Harlem’s anti-gay ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church. The Vancouver native, who has documentary “The Amazing Nina Simone” under his belt, uses his new film to examine important themes including homophobia, gentrification and violence against the LGBTQ community. In “My […]


Netflix Love: The Get Down

Netflix Love: The Get Down

Let the bingeing begin. We first put you on to The Get Down last year when we helped the Grant Wilfley Casting company get the word out about their casting call for background actors for the show. Well now the first six of its 12-episode series is waiting for you on Netflix as of today. […]


Spread Love: The 5th Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York

Spread Love: The 5th Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York

The Dominican film industry has been growing by leaps and bounds. Serious cinema is being made in the Dominican Republic. The only problem is that many of those outstanding films never make it to the United States. So you either have travel to Quisqueya or buy a low quality bootleg. Enter the Dominican Film Festival […]


Spread Love: Catch Wild Style @ The United Palace

Spread Love: Catch Wild Style @ The United Palace

Friday, May 20, 2016 6:30pm doors, 7pm breakdance battle royale, 8pm Q&A, 8:30pm movie United Palace (4140 Broadway @ 175th Street) Tickets: Adults $10 online/$15 at the door; children under 17 not admitted https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10087561 The United Palace is taking you back to 1983 with the classic hip-hop film, Wild Style. Not only will you get […]


03/31/16: Maria Montez Screening @ Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center

03/31/16: Maria Montez Screening @ Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center

In celebration of Women’s History Month, there will be a private film screening of Maria Montez at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center on Thursday, 3/31 at 6 pm. The first 50 folks to RSVP will be granted FREE admission. RSVP: RSVP-NYC@mariamontezthemovie.com Related: Maria Montez, The Movie – 7 Questions With Celinés Toribio


Spread Love: The Inwood Film Festival – March 2nd & 3rd

Spread Love: The Inwood Film Festival – March 2nd & 3rd

That’s right people. The inaugural Inwood Film Festival kicks off on March 2nd. Boasting 25 short films, the film festival is all about celebrating and showcasing Inwood through the moving image. The pass for the entire 2 day festival is a steal at only $30. Get yours pronto before you miss out. Support Here: Spread […]


2/16/16: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on PBS

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay folks, I am serious, it is an absolute must that you see this film. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by director Stanley Nelson masterfully tells the story of the rise and subsequent fall of the Black Panther Party. The rich archival footage and the superb musical direction of […]


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 […]

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