Amidst the controversy of the Oscar’s omission of African-American nominees, ImageNation Cinema Foundation has just announced the return of its Revolution Awards. And we’ve got six words for you: you won’t want to miss this!
The honorable evening titled Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution, celebrates progressive and innovative trailblazers of color for their impact in media, arts and social change. This year’s honorees list includes Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Black Lives Matter and actor Hill Harper of Limitless and CSI, NY — all who have contributed groundbreaking efforts in artistry and activism.
In addition to toasting to Black excellence, the affair will feature a live performance by vocalist/composer Jeremy James, followed by a screening of the upcoming Lionsgate/CodeBlack film 1982, chronicling a Philadelphia father’s struggle to protect his daughter from the reality of her mother’s drug addiction. The film also stars a beautifully colored cast consisting of Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Wayne Brady, Troi Zee, La La Anthony and Ruby Dee.
The special advanced screening of 1982 also kicks off Cocktails & Cinema, a new monthly series of films, cocktails, talkbacks and music at ImageNation’s RAW SPACE in Harlem, New York. This launching screener will conclude with an intimate talkback session with director Tommy Oliver, actor Hill Harper, image activist Michaela Angela Davis and noted psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere.
“History is being made everyday. This event celebrates Black History Month by recognizing our most inspiring change agents, while highlighting ImageNation’s newest monthly film program Cocktails & Cinema,” says Moikgantsi Kgama, founder of ImageNation. “I am looking forward to the Revolution Awards returning with an epic evening of honoring those who make a difference.”
Cocktails, Cinema and Revolution will take place Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at the SVA Theatre in New York City.