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ImageNation Announces 2012 Summer Schedule Of FREE Film Screenings + Performances (NYC)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 20, 2012 6:52 PM
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Several titles on this list that we've covered here on S&A (Brooklyn Boheme, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of FishboneCome Back Africa, Marley and much more), so if you haven't seen them, here's your opportunity; it's summer, sun, films... all for FREE!!

Missed the first (June 10th) but you're good for the rest of the summer (it picks up again in July), so check out the full lineup follows below:


New York, NY (June 8, 2012) This year marks 10 years of ImageNation Outdoors being New York’s only summer long festival exclusively dedicated to films and music from throughout the global African diaspora. Continuing to blaze new trails and expand their horizons, this year ImageNation has announced a new partnership with SummerStage and plans to open a new boutique cinema in Harlem that will solely be dedicated to Black Soul Cinema. In addition ImageNation is highly honored to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) in Central Park.

ImageNation Outdoors recently kicked off the 2012 season with a collaborative SummerStage showing of the highly acclaimed Brooklyn Boheme and a live performance by Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, and Jah Stix in Bed Stuy’s Von King Park. Upcoming highlights of the 2012 season include the much talked about films Pariah, the Bob Marley documentary Marley, DJ Bobbito’s new film Doin It In the Park, the Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes, & Life and the Latin animated film Chico and Rita. Most of the film showings will be accompanied by DJs and live music including a special tribute to Don Cornelius and performances by Goapele, Yerbabuena, Bobby Sanabria, Game Rebellion and others.

In celebration of their anniversary and expansion plans to open The Soul Cinema, ImageNation has also dubbed this 2012 season, The Summer of Soul. The Summer of Soul fundraising campaign will be a capital campaign to open its first cinema that will be a permanent space dedicated to the ImageNation mission. Summer of Soul fundraiser initiatives will include a KickStarter Campaign and opportunities for supporters to text pledges during the outdoor series.

In total ImageNation will showcase sixteen over fifteen dates. Below is the 2012 ImageNation Outdoors Schedule.

Music Performances begin at 7:30pm and Films at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.
** Denotes SummerStage Collaboration. These events begin at 7pm

**June 10th
Brooklyn Boheme
Performance by Talib Kweli
Q& A with Co-Director Nelson George
Vong King Park, Brooklyn

July 11th
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
In Partnership with the Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
Performances by Game Rebellion and Davi
St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

July 12th
Soul Train!: The Hippest Trip in America
Tribute to Don Cornelius
In Partnership with the Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
Performances by Amma Whatt, Barry Antonie, Collette, Denise Rasberry, Mika, Nicholas Ryan Grant, Ra-Re Valdverde and Russell Taylor
Soul Train line with music by DJ MPB
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem

July 15th
Sundae Sermon
Morningside Park, Harlem

July 21st
Night Catches Us
Performances by Willis Earl Beal and Krystle Warren
Weeksville, Brooklyn

**July 29th
Africa Unite
Performance by Taj Weeks & Adowa, Shine & The Moonbeams, and Randolph Mathews
Springrield Park, Queens

August 1st
Taking Root: A Tribute to Wanguri Maathai
In Partnership with the Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
Music by DJ Cool Gee
West Harlem Pier Park, Harlem

August 2nd
Pumzi and Burning in the Sun
In Partnership with the Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
Music by DJ Cool Gee
West Harlem Pier Park, Harlem

August 6th Pariah Performance by Bachslider
St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

**August 12th, 6pm
Doin it in the Park
Music by DJ Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love
Performance by Yerbabuena
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem

August 13th
New York International Latino Film Festival
St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

**August 14th
Come Back Africa
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the ANC
Performances by Goapele and Yolanda Zama
Central Park, NYC

August 18th
In Partnership with Harlem Week
Music by DJ Cool Gee
St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 20th
Chico and Rita
Music by Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache
St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 25th
Amandla!: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
In Partnership with Harlem Week
Music by DJ Cool Gee
St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 27th
Beats, Rhymes, & Life
Music by DJ Stormin Norman of Sundae Sermon
St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

All films are free and open to the public. For more information, detailed film descriptions, and director profiles please visit

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1 Comment

  • Micah | June 20, 2012 11:44 PMReply

    If I wasn't working so much this Summer, I would love to zip up to NYC and attend some of these events. I wonder how many local kids, including ones in projects, can get a chance to attend.. It would be eye opening and potentially life-changing for them. It's amazing how kids in some of these areas rarely go outside of a few block radius.

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