Philadelphia is home to a rich, and vibrant arts and entertainment community. In addition, much of it is fueled by the individual and collective efforts of many of its residents who have gone on to create organizations that celebrate diversity. One of these is cineSPEAK, the Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing marginalized communities with a multimedia platform. The group’s first foray into widespreead collective action centered on their February 16th, 2017 screening of She’s Gotta Have It, in response to the 88th Annual Oscar Awards’ lack of diversity.

With the success of that event, the cineSPEAK team is continuing these efforts with a Boycott the Oscars film series. The series kicks off on July 21st, 2017, followed by film screenings tentatively scheduled for August and September. You can read more about cineSPEAK’s first event and film series below:

cineSPEAK’s kick-off event on FRIDAY JULY 21 will feature FOOD + DRINKS, A FAMILY-ORIENTED screening of Spike Lee’s CROOKLYN (5:30PM) followed by DO THE RIGHT THING (8PM). MUSIC provided by West Philly’s Sofistafunk DJ Crew.
VENUE: The Glass Factory – 1517 N. Bailey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
GENERAL ADMISSION: $12 ADV / $15 sliding scale DOORS

Our #BOYCOTTTHEOSCARSPHL neighborhood cinema project is based in Lower North Philadelphia/Brewerytown, an epicenter of exponentially-advancing gentrification. We seek to bring together longstanding North Philadelphia residents and those newcomers moving in as neighbors. Our community film screenings will showcase films that The Academy of Motion Pictures have grossly snubbed films written, produced, and acted by important non-conforming individuals in history who have paved the cinematic way doing their own thing their own damn way. Post-screening discussions will be moderated by some of Philly’s wisest community creatives, movers + shakers.

In addition, a BTO YOUTH CREW is forming out of our relationship with Athletic Rec Center (N. 26th St) + Give N Go Athletics (youth mentorship program) where high school aged youth from our neighborhood will be trained in event production, media literacy + digital storytelling. This Youth Crew will be learning + earning — they will be trained + hired as staff to work future cineSPEAK film screenings.

ABOUT cineSPEAK: alternative cinema
cineSPEAK is a Philadelphia based non-profit organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory + foreign film programming; creating space + centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema, with a specific focus on cause-based filmmaking. We promote community togetherness + global understanding by engaging film enthusiasts while cultivating the next generation of discerning moviegoers; encouraging people to demand social justice both on-screen + throughout society.

INSTAGRAM: @cinespeak

(This event series is produced in-part with the generous support of Leeway Foundation)