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This week's best cultural bets, from film to stage. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3630/About-Town.7.28.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:00:00
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This week's highlights include an exhibit of makeup as art form, politically charged Americana, movies under the stars, hip-hop fundamentals and more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3626/About-Town-7.21.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:00
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This week's calendar includes a trio of Gantt Center exhibit openings, Goodyear Arts previews, a Horace Silver tribute, an LP release from Temperance League, and much more. Read more.

 

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3623/About-Town.7.14.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00
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This week's highlights include a junior version of Alice in Wonderland, an outdoor movie night at Spirit Square, deadly women in NoDa and laserized Pink Floyd. Read more.

 

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3620/About-Town.7.7.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:00:00
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Get your holiday week off to a bang with two local bands' 20th anniversary parties, Summer Pops and fireworks, Plaza Midwood's annual pork-and-music fest, or a host of other worthy events. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3616/About-Town.6.30.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:00:00
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This week's highlights include Tom Brosseau's poetic fare, Los Van Van's classic Latin rhythms and Summer Pops, as well as NPR host Ira Glass trodding the boards (sort of). Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3613/About-Town.6.23.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00
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This week's full slate includes HeroesCon, a symphonic tribute to Bowie, all the best Shakespeare swordfights, literal jazz vibes, and much more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3611/About-Town.6.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:00:00
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Adding to the events we've previewed this week—Ghost Trees Big Band, Digital Dialogues, Phillip Larrimore—are silent film at ImaginOn, Prompt at the McColl Center, 80x80 at the Mint, and more. Read more.

 

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3608/About-Town.6.9.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:00:00
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This week is chockablock with cultural goodies, like Daughter rock and Porter jazz, Beasley poetry and Ando architecture, and so much more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3603/About-Town.6.2.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Thu, 2 Jun 2016 12:00:00
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This week's best cultural bets include Orff's oft-heard but still impressive Carmina Burana, a gallery opening featuring a Viewpoint contributor, an architecture documentary, and more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3592/About-Town.5.11.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 11 May 2016 12:00:00
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This week's cultural must-sees include dueling saxophones, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, a symposium on storytelling as marketing, and an exhibit on footwear over the ages. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3589/About-Town.5.5.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 4 May 2016 12:00:00
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This week's cultural smorgasbord includes a notable violin concerto, Telecaster twang, African-American dance pioneers, an out-of-print Holocaust diary, and more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3586/About-Town.4.18.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:00:00
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This week's events include lots of jazz, some rockin' soul, a design lecture, an Earth Day party, new Latino sounds, new feminist art and more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3581/About-Town.4.21.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00
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The week ahead features classical music from women and the chamber; country music from a rising star; jazz new and old; a Brill Building-inspired musical; a 60s documentary retrospective; and more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3577/About-Town.4.14.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:00
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This week's cultural highlights include intimate and orchestral jazz, the BOOM arts festival, a U.S. opera premiere, dance, Sensoria events and more. Read more.

 

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3573/About-Town.4.7.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:00:00
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This week's highlights include openings for Charles Williams and Sensoria, Satchmo jazz, classical harp, Light Factory bugs, absurdist theater and more. Read more.

 

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3570/About-Town.3.31.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:00:00
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This week's cultural smorgasboard includes Chance-worthy  hip-hop, European masters on paper, busking to eight Tony Awards, some third stream MJQ jazz, a night of shaken-not-stirred Bond themes, and a poetry slam for the yung'uns. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3565/About-Town.3.24.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:00:00
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Photo: (below) Filmmaker Nijla Mu'min, whose short films will screen at the first Black Cinema Forward series presentation at C3 Lab Sunday. 

Earlier this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got slammed for yet another edition of #OscarsSoWhite, in which no actors of color were nominated in any of the four acting categories. As a result, some fantastic work that deserved to be recognized wasn’t.

Sadly, it wasn't exactly a new development; women and minorities have long been ignored by the Hollywood filmmaking machine. Felix Curtis, who’s called Charlotte home for 10 years now, knows how Hollywood operates, having worked with several film festivals on the West Coast. This weekend he launches a new endeavor to bring films to Charlotte that might not otherwise be available to the masses.

Black Cinema Forward is a new quarterly film series that will showcase the works of emerging black filmmakers, specifically women. A cousin to the monthly Classic Black Cinema Series, which is now in its sixth year at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Black Cinema Forward will kick off at C3 Lab in South End on Sunday, March 20. Three short films (Deluge, Dream and Two Bodies) by 30-year-old Nijla Mu'min will be featured, and a discussion with the filmmaker will follow.

Charlotte Viewpoint chatted with Curtis about the new program, the lack of diversity in Hollywood and more.

Where did the idea for Black Cinema Forward come from?

In 1990, I was living in Oakland, Calif., and I got involved with the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, which was an organization that was giving awards to black performers, actors, anybody in the film industry that had been ignored by Hollywood. As a part of this celebration, they also had a film festival component, and that’s how I got involved. [Black Cinema Forward] is an outgrowth of what I was doing in Oakland. I wanted to start a series where we would interact with the filmmakers, get their ideas and what their inspirations and aspirations are and what they perceive as their place in the industry.

What’s the criteria for the films you plan to showcase in this series?

Our emphasis is really to show works that aren’t accessible. You can’t find them on television or in the theaters. I also like to showcase the acting chops of black performers. I like to show the different styles of filmmaking that directors use, and a lot of films that are historically relevant or have been overlooked or ignored in the past.

You mentioned one of the reasons you started this series was because of the recent “renaissance of black filmmaking,” citing the works of Ryan Coogler, Ava Duvernay, Issa Rae and others. Why do you think this renaissance is happening now?

Filmmaking, as far as creating a film and getting it produced, is not as prohibitive as it has been in the past. So more and more people are looking at that as a means. Plus, people are not concentrating as much on books and literature; they’re more looking at films to get that dramatic fix.

Why is it important to put a spotlight on works created by black filmmakers?

The film industry has expanded to different media sources. You have the whole web series, you have a lot of the stuff that’s going on television now that’s diverse. What’s happening is some of the stories, very good dramatic screenwriting and directing, aren’t being greenlighted [for those platforms]. And a lot of it is from female filmmakers. The heads in Hollywood and also the majority in television are white males, so you can see that there’s going to be a conflict as far as what’s being selected and what’s being shown to the majority. With the exception of Shonda Rhimes, who’s on television, you really don’t see too many black female directors being showcased in Hollywood or in the theaters.

In the discussions you host after your viewings, how do you tackle race?

[We look at] two aspects: One is the subject matter and what’s emphasized. The other is how blacks are depicted in these films. You have older films where black actors were put in stereotypical roles. If you look at modern day films, you can still see those same parallels. And it’s up to black filmmakers to counteract that to show different perspectives. The films we show, we point out the stereotypical aspects and give context to why actors submitted to that. And we also look at films that are done by white directors that showcase blacks in a positive light. For instance, last Sunday, we did a film called White Nights, which was showcasing Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. We mention the director [Taylor Hackford] also had directed An Officer and a Gentleman, which Louis Gossett Jr. got an award for, and more recently he directed Ray about Ray Charles, which Jamie Foxx got an Academy Award for. Not all films done by whites will show blacks in a stereotypical role, but we do have to be on the lookout for those that do and make comments about them.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3564/Black-Cinema-Forward- Key/Words/Entered/Here Kimberly Lawson Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:00:00
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This week's culture potpourri includes a tribute to Miles, Russian symponic masters, groundbreaking Peter Thompson films, soul legends, the circus arts and a Miracle Worker.  Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3563/About-Town.3.17.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:00:00
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This week's cultural potpourri includes a jazz legend tribute, free lunch art, New Zealanders on ukuleles, international films, 250 $250 paintings, and post-modern Bard. Read more.

 

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3561/About-Town.3.10.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 9 Mar 2016 12:00:00
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A packed week features a Seuss-a-Thon, the real Harriet Tubman story, Bach cello suites, Hiss Golden Messenger and Mutual Benefit rock, Little Mermaid ballet, and films about hijackings and L.A. smog. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3556/About-Town.3.3.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 2 Mar 2016 12:00:00
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This week's cultural events include a pollution-measuring installation, American songbook jazz and classic bossa nova, a fasion show fashioned from condoms and a funk show fashioned after fashion, and a Real Housewives take-off.  Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3546/About-Town.2.25.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:00:00
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A packed week includes stand-up comedy, uptown and on-campus jazz, Civil War Theater, puppets that rock, Storyslams and more.  Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3544/About-Town.2.18.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:00:00
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This week's festivities include symphony pops and Lollipops, top-shelf photography and folk, celebrations of Black History Month and Carnaval, and more. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3541/About-Town.2.11.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:00:00
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This week's cultural smorgasbord includes classical, jazz and soul concerts; exhibit openings; and a documentary on Frank Gehry. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3537/About-Town.2.4.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:00:00
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This week marks the end of the Goodyear Building Skyline experiment, but print-making, trio and Latin music, sugary shoegaze and prodigal daughter's line drawing step into its place.  Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3532/About-Town.1.28.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:00:00
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This week's culture cup runneth over, including new theater voices, new metal, old bebop, barbed satire, fiction readings, comics artists and an MLK celebration. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3525/About-Town.1.14.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:00:00
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Start 2016 off with a cello concerto, a Broadway musical smash, some blue jazz, a legendary Carolina painter, and more this week. Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3523/About-Town.1.7.16 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 6 Jan 2016 12:00:00
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The week's best bets include New Year's celebrations of the rock and open-air variety, chamber music and a last chance to see art exhibits.  Read more.

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3519/About-Town.12.31.15 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:00:00
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Sure, it's the holidays, but there are also Benji Hughes and Bill Hanna shows, Kinky Boots theater, a Celtic holiday extravaganza and Vanilla Sex. Read more. 

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http://charlotteviewpoint.org/article/3517/About-Town.12.24 Key/Words/Entered/Here CV staff Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:00:00