Short Film Program

Juneteenth Celebration: (RE)VISION

651 ARTS presents, in association with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Rooftop Films, its inaugural Juneteenth commemoration!

Fri Jun 18 8:00 PM

The Films

For its first year, 651 ARTS’ Juneteenth Celebration: (RE)VISION will highlight films that look through the lens of futurism and movement to illuminate stories about the Black perspective and the Black experience in America told through a hybrid presentation that explores what it means to be Black and how to imagine a way forward together.

Headlining the film screening will be the short film WATA, along with the regional premiere of Charles O. Anderson’s (RE)current Unrest, an encore presentation of 651’s world premiere of Marjani Forté-Saunders’ Memoirs of a…Unicorn: BLUEPRINT, and the world premiere of the provocative Cyborg Heaven, an exploration of the Black urban movement through House Ballroom culture and hip hop. Juneteenth Celebration (Re)VISION is sponsored by Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

WATA

Joy Yamusangie | UK | 14

WATA weaves together considerations of ancestry, cross cultural connections, music and migration. Telling the story of Mami Wata, a water deity traced back to West Africa, Central Africa and the Caribbean, in Mckenzie and Yamusangie’s interpretation she is drawn into a dance with The Musician. Musician is tantalized by Mami Wata’s jewels, and in his desire to bring them to the surface, the two circle the lines between finding, taking and finally appreciating. Interweaving a dual narrative of sound and visuals, musicians Melo-Zed, Roxanne Tataei, Boofti and Birame are brought together for the first time. WATA is the culmination of a long-term friendship and exchange between Mckenzie and Yamusangie, opening up an avenue through which they explore their love and fascination with the colour blue, West and Central African Jazz music, as well as their African and Caribbean ancestry. A film supported by Gucci, in partnership with Garage.

(RE)current Unrest

Charles O. Anderson | US | 60

"A High-frequency Call to Action!" -Sightlines Magazine.

(RE)current Unrest is an Afro-contemporary choreographic exploration of the condition of unease and discomfort produced by the condition of inescapable social awareness. (RE)current Unrest is inspired by James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, Ta-nehisi Coates' Between The World And Me, and current and historical Black protest movements. Performed by dance theatre x.

Memoirs of a...Unicorn: BLUEPRINT

Meena Murugesan | US |

A visually stunning portrait of a Black family, its structure, and its integral connection to one’s self-identity. Memoirs chronicles how through time, from slavery through Jim Crow to today, that structure is tested. Choreographed by Marjani Forté-Saunders. Composed by Everett Saunders.

Cyborg Heaven

Kimberly Knox | US |

A celebration of the poetics and performance aesthetic of the black and queer radical poetic traditions, and the black urban movement rooted in House Ballroom culture and hip hop. Poetry by Brad Walrond. Music Produced by $YNDRM. Dancer/Choreography by Pony Zion

Event Details

Venue

The Plaza at 300 Ashland

85 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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