A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the first-ever Black to the Future Film Festival a rousing success.
Left to right: SingTrece, Jonathan Miller, Kenneth McLaurin, M. Nicole Horsley, Shola Ajayi, Lesley Greene
More than 150 people attended the festival, which ran from April 27 to April 29 at Cinemapolis. It included a 1920 silent film accompanied by live music, experimental short films, classic features from the 1970s to the 2010s, a late-night horror movie, a family-friendly sing-along musical, a champagne reception, filmmaker Q&As, and more.
The Black to the Future Film Festival was produced by Story House Ithaca and curated by Kenneth McLaurin and Ithaca College faculty members Nicole Horsley and Shola Ajayi. Thanks also to IC student musicians Aalanys Alfred, Megan Donahue, and Chris Rakeman, and to the local businesses that provided us with delicious food and beverages: Eden Luxe Picnic Company, Red Feet Wine Market & Spirit Provisions, Rashida Sawyer Bakery, and Northstar Public House.
The festival was supported by generous gifts from the Park Foundation, the Learning Farm, Khuba International, CAN Cooperative Media, and Tompkins Community Bank. It was made possible in part with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants program from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the office of the Governor and NYS Legislature, administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.