Films that exist at the intersection of art and activism
Join Freelancers Hub and the Black TV & FIlm Collective for an exciting evening of short films and discussion led by artists are using their art to address issues in our community. The films presented will explore subjects ranging from gentrification to police and community relations to small business ownership in the community. Among these short films, we're happy to be screening Civic Mind, the newest film from filmmaker Adonis Williams which we'll be following up with a Q&A moderated by Asha Boston. Williams’ latest effort represents the efforts of New York City’s independent artist community coming together to create valuable and meaningful work.
We’re honored to provide a venue to screen Civic Mind and the others short films involved, as they help to further this city's artistry and conversation in issues that desperately need it. After the screenings and Civic Mind Q&A, please join us for a cocktail mixer and the opportunity to network, connect with your community, and continue the conversation.
Civic Mind (2018)
A teenage, NYPD volunteer goes undercover to purchase alcohol and other items not permitted to be sold to minors. His methods are put into question when the biggest bust of his career is done illegally, jeopardizing everything he's worked for and threatens a gentrifying, Brooklyn community.
About the filmmaker:
Adonis Williams is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Son of working-class parents who both migrated to the city from the Dominican Republic, he graduated from The School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor's degree in Film/Video. He just finished full production for his fourth short film Civic Mind. He has written, produced, directed, and edited all four of his shorts. Adonis strives to create work that not only celebrates culture but addresses social issues.
About the moderator:
Born prematurely, at one pound and two ounces, Asha Boston knows a thing or two about fighting for the things you want in life-- including life itself. Asha currently serves as the founder of non-profit, The Dinner Table Documentary and CEO of Passion Fruit Vineyard Productions LLC; a multimedia production company that creates branded content and program development for various non-profit and commercial entities.
In June of 2016, Asha was honored by the Obama Administration’s White House Council for Women and Girls as a "Nominated Change Maker" at the United State of Women Summit. In December 2018, Asha was selected to participate in a six month fellowship at the IFP/Made in NY Fellowship for her debut film series, “A Time Before Kale.”
Not in My Neighbourhood (2017), directed by Kurt Oderson
An excerpt from the documentary Not in My Neighbourhood, which tells the intergenerational stories of the ways in which ordinary citizens respond to the policies, process, and institutions driving contemporary forms of spatial violence and gentrification in Cape Town, New York, and São Paulo.
Zahra and the Oil Man (2019), directed by Yucef Mayes
Zahra, the daughter of a Muslim street merchant, fights to save her father's business in hopes of changing the trajectory of her family's financial future. Zahra and the Oil Man is an exploration of underemployment and entrepreneurship in a community of color.