Every day is a good day to enjoy Black cinema, and today (yes, right now!) is an especially good one, as many distributors have made key films from the Black canon available for free, in support of the ongoing and historic protests opposing police violence against the Black community.
These films cover a wide range of styles, tones, and themes, but are held together by their shared emphasis on the centrality, beauty, and struggles of Black life. Though they represent only a small fraction of this rich canon, we hope you can find a new title or two amongst these offerings, and maybe feel inspired to take a deeper dive!
Movie Night + Q&A 7/3
Now Rescheduled for 7/10
Join us Friday, July 10 at 8 PM ET for a screening & an exclusive Q&A with Director Dawn Porter!
10% of proceeds from Movie Night will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund & 50% of the ticket revenue goes to support the Kan-Kan & the Indianapolis Film Project.
***Be sure to select “Kan-Kan Cinema” under “Choose a Theater” when purchasing tickets***
John Lewis: Good Trouble Now Available on Kan-Kan On-Demand
Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.
John Lewis: Good Trouble Livestream Q&A 7/9
Additionally, on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30pm ET join us for a free panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom RidersDr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theatre.
Friend of Kan-Kan, Windsor Park neighbor, and Masters of Film Studies Coye Lloyd gives us “A Jumping Off Point” for Black Cinema – a beautiful and essential tribute to Blackness in cinema, with a full range of film recommendations!
Facing the Facade
In 1994, documentary filmmaker (and Kan-Kan board member!) Jerald Harkness returned to his alma mater, Indiana University, to interview Black students about their academic endeavors and personal experiences on the predominately white campus. Together, they created the film Facing the Facade now available to stream for free!
Change requires action by every single person. We each must act to create the change we want to see. One way is to exercise our privilege and responsibility to vote. Register to vote. Be informed about the candidates. And on November 3rd, VOTE.
Check out our additional resources page for a children’s read-along Black Lives Matter Library, A Trans History with Laverne Cox , and more!