The Kidflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

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The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy!
LocationFulton Park in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Founded2000 (2000)
Hosted byMuseum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
Festival dateEvery Friday night in August

The Kidflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy (styled The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy!) is a free[1] annual film festival for children and their families presented by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). It has taken place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, since 2000[2], and is now preparing for its 19th season, the theme for which is "We Love Black Families!"[3] It is held every Friday night in August[4] in Stuyvesant Heights’ Fulton Park.

The festival was founded by local artist TRUE, with the help of MoCADA’s former Executive Director (and current New York City Council woman), Laurie Cumbo. It has been produced in partnership with African Film Festival, Inc. since 2003, and has also collaborated with organizations such as Black Girls Rock![5], caribBEING, DCTV, Red Clay Arts, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Scenarios USA and others. It is funded, in part, by corporate sponsors, governmental agencies, and audience contributions.

The festival is an extension of MoCADA’s public outreach programs, and strives to present films that further the museum’s mission, to “…give a more accurate portrayal of contributions to the historical, artistic and cultural landscape of the world by people of African descent.”[6] The organizers also try to showcase local and independent filmmakers[7], and films made by youth.[8] Film selections have been curated around themes such as “Celebrating Black Music!”[9] “Black Girls Rock!,” “Growing Up Muslim,”[10] and “Young Black Lives Matter,” [11] and are often preceded by live music and dance performances and workshops that are thematically linked to the night’s films.[12]

Selections have included: Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman; The Boys of Baraka; Bronx Princess; Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed; Slingshot Hip Hop; The Trials of Muhammad Ali; and War/Dance. Each year, the festival ends with an interactive “Sing & Dance-Along” to The Wiz that features visual effects, a yellow brick road, puppets, a costume contest[13], and a tribute to the music of Michael Jackson[14] and Lena Horne (who grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant[15]). Popcorn, face-painting, and “I’m a KIDflix KID!” T-shirts are provided free of charge to hundreds of kids each year.[16]

In 2009, former Brooklyn Boro President Marty Markowitz commemorated KIDflix's 10th season by officially proclaiming August 7, 2009 as "The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy! Day" in Brooklyn, New York.

In 2014, Brooklyn Boro President Eric Adams commemorated KIDflix's 15th season by officially proclaiming August 1, 2014 as “The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy! Day” in Brooklyn, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Network Journal, “MoCADA’s 10th Annual KIDflix Film Fest: Best Line Up Ever,” August 7, 2009 [1]
  2. ^ Camille Bautista, DNAinfo, “Watch Free Family Movies at Fulton Park This Summer,” August 7, 2015 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  3. ^ The Official KIDflix Facebook page, August 2017 [2]
  4. ^ Jeff Vandam, New York Times, “History, With Hipper Retailing in Bed-Stuy,” August 21, 2009 [3]
  5. ^ Gay New York, “MoCADA Soul of Brooklyn Festival 2015,” August 15, 2015 [4]
  6. ^ MoCADA’s website, under the “Mission” heading
  7. ^ Jeff Wilkins, New York Daily News, “Filmmaker Erwin (Brooklyn) Brown Brings Film ‘Skiddles’ to Hometown and Namesake Borough,” August 4, 2009 [5]
  8. ^ New York Daily News, “This Weekend,” August 21, 2007 Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Paul DeBenedetto, DNAinfo, “Bed-Stuy Kids Film Festival Celebrates ‘Black Music,’” August 8, 2014 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-08-31.
  10. ^ BK Reader, “Weekend Events: Block Parties, Food Festivals and Burlesque,” August 12, 2016 [6]
  11. ^ The Official KIDflix Facebook page, August 2017 [7]
  12. ^ Bed-Stuy Gateway, “12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy,” August 3, 2011
  13. ^ NY Metro Parents, “KIDflix Film Fest,” August 7, 2015
  14. ^ Time Out New York, “KIDflix Film Fest: A Tribute to Michael Jackson,” August 26, 2011
  15. ^ Jennifer Gould Keil, New York Post, “Jazz up the joint with Lena Horne’s $2M brownstone,” November 9, 2016 [8]
  16. ^ Art in Brooklyn, “KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy: Featuring THE WIZ.” August 23, 2011 [9]

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