PARRISH ART MUSEUM PRESENTS THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM
A SCI-FI PUNK MUSICAL WITH AN AFROFUTURIST VISION, AUGUST 19
THE SHORT FILM “KINKS, LOCS, AND LOVE” AND PANEL ON BLACK HAIR, AUGUST 26
The two-part event marks the third Black Film Festival presented in partnership
with the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center
Film Still, Neptune Frost, c. Chris Schwagga
WATER MILL, NY, 8/4/22—Parrish Art Museum and the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center (BHCCRC) continue their history of partnership with the third, two-day Black Film Festival outdoors at the Museum, on Friday evenings August 19 and 26. Part I features Neptune Frost (2021, 105 minutes), a visually brilliant sci-fi punk musical that brings unique dynamism to an Afrofuturist vision. Guests are encouraged to wear Afropunk attire to celebrate the film, self-expression, music, and art. The short film Kinks, Locs, and Love on August 26 is followed by a discussion on Black hair with a panel of experts. Both programs include a tour of the new exhibition Another Justice: US is Them—Hank Willis Thomas | For Freedoms led by Corinne Erni, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.
The Black Film Festival is dedicated to presenting award-winning feature films and shorts celebrating Black culture and raising awareness about issues that specifically impact Black communities, selected by a committee representing the Parrish, BHCCRC, The Witness Project of Long Island, and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Office of Minority Health.
Black Film Festival Part I: Neptune Frost (Outdoor screening), Reception & Tour
Friday, August 19, 7–10pm
7 pm: Curator tour of the exhibition Another Justice: US is Them with Corinne Erni
7:30 pm: Reception, Mildred C. Brinn Terrace
8 pm: Introductions and Film Screening of Neptune Frost, Meadow
$15 Adults | $5 Members and Friends of BHCCR, for tour, reception, and film
Film: Neptune Frost
Presented at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, and the New York Film Festivals, Neptune Frost is an empowering film and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends. Directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, with executive producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, it was dubbed “the future of black film” with “pure cinematic power” by the Hollywood Reporter.
The film is set in the hilltops of Burundi where the metallic, radioactive ore colton is mined under harsh conditions for miniscule wages. With a group of escaped coltan miners, Neptune—an intersex runaway (played by both Elvis Ngabo and Cheryl Isheja)—and Matalusa (played by Kaya Free) form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective that attempts to take over the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources and people. With hypnotic visuals and original songs composed by musician and co-director Saul Williams, this celestial cyber-musical offers a radically bold vision of power, exploitation, and love.
With a BA from Morehouse College and an MFA from NYU Tisch, Williams broke ground in 2001 with his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, produced by Rick Rubin. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings, he has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations from the White House, Louvre, Getty Center, Sydney Opera House, and Lincoln Center to countless villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. Williams has recorded with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg and made countless film and television appearances.
Kinks, Locs, and Love film still
Black Film Festival, Part II | Kinks, Locs, and Love,
followed by panel discussion on Black hair
Friday August 26, 5-8 pm
5 pm: Curator tour of the exhibition Another Justice: US is Them with Corinne Erni
5:30 pm: Reception
6 pm: Welcome, film screening
6:45 pm: Introductions and panel
$15 Adults | $5 Members and Friends of BHCCR
Kinks, Locs, and Love (2018, 46 min, directed by Lawrence Green) documents hair journeys from perms to natural hair of women of African descent primarily in the Washington D.C. area. It also sheds light on the natural hair community through events, businesses, fashion figures, and bloggers. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with dermatologist Dr. Achiamah Osei-Tutu and others to be announced, on Black hair and its importance to health, sense of identity, community and culture.
THE DIRECTOR, LAWRENCE GREEN
Filmmaker, photographer, and DJ Lawrence Green’s work has been featured at nationally renowned venues including SXSW, The Kennedy Center, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, and film festivals throughout the United States. In 2010, he founded Time Traveling Media Inc. to produce original content and provide visual solutions for clients with projects including short films Zsudayka’s Journey, about Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell balancing art and family; The Conversation, depicting a married heterosexual couple confronting the topic of having children, and Trashman, which explores Green’s neighborhood trash pollution problem. Green, who holds a MFA in Film and Media Arts from American University, is currently a Lead Multimedia Specialist at Amtrak, managing production of its video and photography portfolio.
Both events include a tour of Another Justice: US is Them—Hank Willis Thomas | For Freedoms, led by Corinne Erni. This new exhibition is a call to the community to reconvene and reconsider what justice can be in a time of imbalance. It features 12 contemporary artists with nearly 30 works in mixed media, sculpture, site-specific installation, wall painting, and photography—many created specifically for the exhibition. Presenting artists include Zoë Buckman, Pamela Council, Jeremy Dennis, Jeffrey Gibson, Eric Gottesman, Christine Sun Kim, Muna Malik, Joiri Minaya, Koyoltzintli Miranda-Rivadeneira, Kambui Olujimi, Hank Willis Thomas, Marie Watt. Each artist has collaborated with For Freedoms—the artist coalition co-founded by Thomas with Eric Gottesman, Michelle Woo, and Wyatt Gallery with the mission to model and increase creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action.
Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America.
Additional support provided by Weill Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group
The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.
Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center
The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center was born out of tragedy in 1949 after a fire in a migrant camp killed two children of seasonal workers. Six acres were donated to create The Center in 1954. It has served the East End community’s children with educational and enrichment programs ever since. The Center is a lifeline for working families.
The Center has After-School Programs and a Summer Program with strong educational components to help prevent the “Summer Slide” in learning. It offers supervised homework, Saturday Math and Reading Clubs and Scrabble and Chess Clubs. BHCCRC partners with local museums to introduce children to the arts and humanities. Swim lessons, sports, cooking, nutrition, and healthy living are part of the curriculum. The foundation of the teen program, our D.R.E.A.M. Teens is: Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude and Motivation. The Center offers college prep, SAT classes and one-on-one college and vocational guidance.
BHCCR’s THINKING FORWARD LECTURE SERIES for the entire community is designed to educate, inspire, and open hearts and minds, with segments Equality Matters in the Hamptons; Straight Talk, Real People; Well, Well, Well; The Politics of it All. The food pantry, which served 70 individuals monthly pre-COVID, now serves over 700 people weekly.
Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.