15th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival

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The 15th Annual ImageNation Outdoors: Soul Cinema & Music Under the Stars (ImageNation Outdoors) Festival is a free open-air film and music series held in NYC parks throughout Harlem on warm summer nights. The annual festival targets community residents, who yearn for holistic portrayals of Blacks and Latinos in film and media. ImageNation Outdoors features films by and/or about Black people worldwide, live music performances and DJs. Launched in 2002 with one screening for 300 people, the festival averaging close to 1,500 people per screening.

Here’s a quick glance at the film line-up:

Monday, July 10th


Directed By: Jordan Peele, 103 min., USA

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027

Music By: DJ Brittofied, Live Music by V Ferg presents Creative Public Offering

In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks

In Get Out, a speculative thriller from the mind of Jordan Peele, a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Saturday, August 12th - Soul Train Tribute

THE 13th

Directed by Ava DuVernay, 100 min., USA

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027

Music By: DJ Stormin Norman with live performances curated by InJoy Enterprises

In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, InJoy Enterprises, Sundae Sermon

The Soul Train Tribute, arguably the hottest Jam in the park for six consecutive years, celebrates the soundtrack of American social movements with a tribute to Freedom Songs from the Soul Train Era! This year’s film The 13th, a 2017 Academy Award nominated documentary takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. With Music spun by DJ Stormin' Norman of Sundae Sermon, this tribute will feature music from Soul Train artists: James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others interpreted by an all-star cast of independent artists including: Abiah, Asa Lovechild, Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Petawayne, Lorinda Robinson, Shelly Nicole and more!

Saturday, August 19th- Harlem Week: I Am Not Your Negro


Directed By: Raoul Peck, 93 min., USA

St. Nicholas Park Great Lawn

135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

Music By: Live DJ

Nominated for a 2017 Academy Award, the seed for I Am Not Your Negro was planted more than 35 years ago. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Through I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

Saturday, August 26th- Harlem Week


Directed By: Mira Nair, 124 min., Uganda/South Africa/USA

St. Nicholas Park Great Lawn

135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

Music By: Live DJ + Chess Activities for Kids by the St. Nicholas Chess Club

In Partnership With: Harlem Week

Starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, and Madina Nalwanga, Queen of Katwe depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe who learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads.

Saturday, September 9th- Black Girl Magic


Directed By: Anna Rose Holmer, 72min, USA

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027

Music By: DJ Natasha Diggs, Live Music By InJoy Enterprise

In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, InJoy Enterprises

A dreamy exploration of girlhood, The Fits follows an 11-year-old tomboy as she tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team. With live performances curated by Injoy Enterprises, this ode to Black women will feature one of NYC's hottest female DJ's, the Uptown Dance Academy, live music by an all female band led by drummer extraordinaire Camille Gainer Jones with performances from independent artists Abby Dobson, Claudia Hayden, Toni Ann Semple, Vivian Sessoms and more!


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