ImageNation Cinema Foundation has announced the return of its Revolution Awards to celebrate innovative trailblazers for their groundbreaking efforts in media, arts and social change. Titled, Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution, the evening will celebrate Black excellence, artistry and activism. Honorees include Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Black Lives Matter and actor Hill Harper of Limitless and CSI, NY. Sponsored by Radio 103.9 and the National Black Programming Consortium, ‘Cocktails, Cinema and Revolution’ will take place Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at the SVA Theatre in New York City.
The festive affair will feature a live performance by vocalist/composer Jeremy James and a screening of the upcoming Lionsgate/CodeBlack film 1982. This special advance screening of ‘1982’ launches Cocktails & Cinema,a new monthly series of films, cocktails, talkbacks and music at ImageNation’s RAW SPACE in Harlem. Starring Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Wayne Brady, Troi Zee, La La Anthony and Ruby Dee, director Tommy Oliver’s emotional debut feature chronicles a Philadelphia father’s struggle to protect his daughter from the reality of her mother’s drug addiction. The film will be followed by a talkback with director Tommy Oliver, actor Hill Harper, image activist Michaela Angela Davis and noted psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere.
Founder of ImageNation, Moikgantsi Kgama says:
“History is being made everyday. This event celebrates Black History Month by recognizing our most inspiring change agents, while highlighting ImageNation’s newest monthly film program Cocktails & Cinema. I am looking forward to the Revolution Awards returning with an epic evening of honoring those who make a difference.”
ImageNation created the ‘Revolution Awards’ in 2003 to celebrate the accomplishments of artists and activists who use their platforms to inspire social change and produce edifying images of Black and Latino communities. Past honorees and participants include Spike Lee, Congressman John Lewis, Erykah Badu, Lee Daniels, Ruby Dee, Jaime Hector, Talib Kweli, Tom Burrell, Debra Lee, Keith Beauchamp, Stanley Nelson, and Lisa Cortes.
For nearly 20 years, ImageNation has produced events, programming and platforms that celebrate and promote the rich film, music and cultural stories of the African diaspora. They have presented events nationally and globally in Canada, South Africa and Scotland. They are currently in the midst of their Soul Cinema campaign to build a boutique cinema in Harlem dedicated to independent Black film music, and media.
For more information and to purchase tickets for ‘Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution’ please visit www.ImageNation.us. For the latest updates on honorees and event details please follow @ImageNationUS on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #CocktailsAndCinema. CC&R is produced in association with Unlimited Productions.
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