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Spring/Summer 2023 | Programs



Join us for a special screenings and partnerships that recognize this month of Afro-Diasporic Joy!



Dir. Cauleen Smith

creening in partnership with Black Cinema Collective, LANGSTON, and SIFF

June 9 - *11th, 2023
@ SIFF Theater
511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98101


A lost treasure of 1990s DIY filmmaking, Cauleen Smith’s Drylongso embeds an incisive look at racial injustice within a lovingly handmade buddy movie/murder mystery/romance. Alarmed by the rate at which the young Black men around her are dying—indeed, “becoming extinct,” as she sees it—brash Oakland art student Pica (Toby Smith) attempts to preserve their existence in Polaroid snapshots, along the way forging a friendship with a woman in an abusive relationship (April Barnett), experiencing love and loss, and being drawn into the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Capturing the vibrant community spirit of Oakland in the nineties, Smith crafts both a rare cinematic celebration of Black female creativity and a moving elegy for a generation of lost African American men.


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2023

SIFF Cinema Uptown 

4:30 PM7:30 PM


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2023

SIFF Cinema Uptown 

1:30 PM4:30 PM7:30 PM

  • * SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2023

SIFF Cinema Uptown 

1:30 PM4:30 PM7:30 PM

25% of tix sales for Sunday screening will go, each,



USA |   1998  |   86 mins  |  Director. Cauleen Smith

Opens June 9, 2023

Drylongso follows a woman in a photography class who begins taking pictures of Black men out of fear they will

soon be extinct. New 4k restoration.

  • Principal Cast: Toby Smith, April Barnett, Will Power

  • Producer: Salim Akil

  • ·Screenplay:  Salim Akil, Cauleen Smith

  • Cinematographers:  Andrew Black

  • Editors:  Cauleen Smith

  • Music:  Curt Harpel, Pat Thomi

  • Language:  English

  • Distribution by Janus Films.



Co-sponsors  Black Cinema Collective and LANGSTON will each receive 25% of the proceeds from all Sunday, June 11 screenings.


Screening Finding Fela @ Northwest Film Forum

June 16 - 18th, 2023

1515 12th Avenue,, Seattle, WA 98122

It's that time again for BCC's annual programming that recognizes Black Music Month and AfroDiasporic sonic contributions to the world. 

As part of our annual Black Sonic Evolutions (BSE) program that recognizes Black Music Month in JuneBlack Cinema Collective will inaugurate a new series of music documentary screenings at Northwest Film Forum. Our film selections offer Black liberation histories and celebrate the artists who have given us enduring cultural soundtracks for powerful social and political change.  And this year we are partnering with Loving Room: diaspora books + salon, whose founder Kristina Clark will be offering a curated reader selection of books to complement our program.  


Black musicians and singers throughout the African Diaspora have gifted us lyrical and sonic inspiration that have ignited independence movements, evolutionary civil and human rights, revolutionary protests and sit-ins, organizational + mutual aid, cultural belonging, ancestral memory, upliftment, and complex stories of love and sexuality.


Black Sonic Evolution acts as celebratory learning, for us to broaden our knowledge of how African and Afrodiasporic cultures have influenced the world at large, through Reggae, Hip Hop, Country, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Afrobeats, the roots of Rock n’ Roll, Funk, Punk, Trip Hop, and more.

Thanks to NWFF Artistic Director Rana San and team for helping to organize this program. 


Curated by Berette S Macaulay

Media Design by jas Moultrie


FRIDAY June 16th

⏰ 8.30pm PDT

SATURDAY June 17th

⏰ 5.30pm PDT, 8.30pm PDT

SUNDAY June 18th

⏰ 5.30pm PDT, 8.30pm PDT


$14 General Admission

$10 Student/Child/Senior

$7 NWFF Member



Finding Fela, 2014

US, 120min, English

Dir. Alex Gibney

Screening at Northwest Film Forum

June 16 - 18th, 2023

Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world.


The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom. Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side).

Synopsis and stills courtesy of Kino Lorber.

Feeling MAY!! The sun is out


and so are the award news!!!

Introducing the 2023 Black Cinema Collective Filmmaker Microgrant Awardees!

Check out the Award Page for more info on these new filmmakers to watch!

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The tea for MARCH + APRIL!!! 

BCC is excited to co-present and sponsor events in Seattle



Screening at NW Film Forum

In-person only

March 29th – April 2nd

Dir. Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman

Co-presented with Black Cinema Collective,

Meany Center for the Performing Arts

 & UW Simpson Center for the Humanities


France, Rwanda, USA

105 min · Kino Lober | Dedza Films


Kinyarwanda,  Kirundi,  Swahili, French,

and English with English subtitles


Amidst the hilltops of Burundi, a collective of computer hackers emerges from within a coltan mining community, a result of the romance between a miner and an intersex runaway. Set between states of being—past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience—Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.

This program pairs with the West Coast premiere of Saul Williams's The Motherboard Suite which brings to life a suite of his music and poetry, directed and produced by Bill T. Jones in partnership with New York Live Arts.

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      The Motherboard Suite   


The Motherboard Suite

at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts

April 1st, 2023, 8:00 pm


Performed by Saul Williams

and collaborators


The West Coast premiere of this non-linear work is performed by Saul and his musical collaborators, and features seven choreographers — Maria Bauman, Kayla Farrish, Marjani Forté-Saunders, d. Sabela grimes, Jasmine Hearn, Shamel Pitts|TRIBE and Seattle choreographer Jade Solomon Curtis. Each choreographer is invited into the world of Williams’ exploration at the intersection of technology and race, exploitation and mystical anarchy, where hackers are artists and activists.


Directed & Produced

by Bill T. Jones

and New York Live Arts

Post show discussion moderated by BCC's Berette S Macaulay

 2023 Black Cinema Collective Filmmaker Microgrant!!!



Thank you for your submissions!  

The jurors are now at work.  

Award announcements will go out on April 24th, 2023.

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Off The Page

Thurs, March 09, 2023

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM PST

at Northwest Film Forum


NW Film Forum and *Kamari Bright present an offsite event of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference


Off the Page will be an introductory, hands-on workshop highlighting non-traditional expressions of poetry. Participants will have a chance to experience animation poetry, embodied movement poetry, and video poetry in a lively, drop-in setting. Drink special: a poem-inspired specialty drink!


This program is sponsored by Black Cinema Collective and co-presented with Cadence Video Poetry Festival.

*Kamari Bright is an award winning poet, videopoet, and creative whose poetry and films have been published and screened widely from the United States to Germany.

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Did you know the incisive and instructively brilliant Audre Lorde spent her last years in Germany?


Come celebrate her birthday weekend* with a screening of this very special documentary, which explores a little-known chapter of the writer’s prolific life.  


Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984-1992

Dir. Dagmar Schultz (2012)

Germany, 79min

In English and German

(with English subtitles).

Grand Illusion Cinema

Sunday, Feb 19th

2:00 pm matinee

7:30 pm evening


*Audre Lorde was born on Feb 18, 1934, and died Nov 17, 1992


Film selection by Black Cinema Collective for screening at Grand Illusion Cinema - two orgs holding it down with labors of film love.

Fall 2022 | November Programs
Screening & Moderated Discussion

Thursday 11/10/2022
6 – 8 pm PST 
Centro Cultural Mexicano

16300 Redmond Way Suite 100, Redmond

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RIZO (2020, USA) 

Directed by Jeanette Dilone

Produced by Jeanette Dilone & Andrew McLaren 

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KAALA (2019, India) 

Directed by Tarun Jain

Produced by Nasira Khan

Join us for another iteration of BETWEEN THE FRAMES, a program of films in Redmond that uses visual storytelling to promote and deepen our understanding of different histories, traditions, and cultures.

These 2 short films, situated in the Afro-Latino and South Asian contexts are linked by themes of acceptance, self-love, and the complexities of the diasporic experience. They explore and disrupt the deep connections between internalized racial biases and colorism within/outside spaces of color.

Afterwards, there will be a
moderated conversation with Dr. Diana Flores Ruíz, Assistant Professor in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

This program was organized by Savita Krishnamoorthy 

Media design by @_chiledulce


RIZO (2020, USA, 14:37 mins)  

Directed by Jeanette Dilone

Produced by Jeanette Dilone & Andrew McLaren 

An Afro-Latina actress looking for her big break has her hopes dashed when things take a bad turn at an important audition.   


JEANETTE DILONE is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC. Though Jeanette's first passion was classical ballet, she fell in love with acting during her college years. Since then, her acting work has spanned television, film, theater, commercials, and new media. She made her directorial debut with the short film, "Return," which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the NY Shorts International Film Festival and was acquired by Shorts TV. Her second short, "Rizo" (2020), which she wrote, produced, and directed, premiered at LALIFF and was one of the 2020 HBO Latinx Short Film Competition winners and is available to watch on HBOMax. In 2021, Jeanette became a recipient of the LALIFF Inclusion Fellowship, sponsored by Netflix. In 2022, her third short "Hoar", which she wrote, produced, and directed, premiered at LALIFF. 

KAALA (2019, India, 15:24 mins) 

Directed by Tarun Jain; Produced by Nasira Khan 

A short socio-political film about the increasing issues of racism, specifically on hate crimes against African nationals that occurred in New Delhi, India in 2016 and 2017. 


TARUN JAIN is an acclaimed filmmaker from New Delhi, India. His short film, Amma Meri has screened in over 48 festivals including the Oscar Qualifying Tampere Film Festival, IFFI Goa, MIFF, IDSFFK, and Dharamshala, India. His latest film Kaala (2019) is based on the racist attacks on the Africans in New Delhi, India. Kaala (2019) had its world premiere at the Oscar Qualifying Cinequest Film and VR Festival in the USA and also played at Rapid Lion Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was screened at the Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF), a first of its kind event that brought together seven well-established South Asian film festivals across North America in 2020.  


Moderated by

Dr. Diana

Flores Ruíz

DR. DIANA FLORES RUÍZ is Assistant Professor in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, where her teaching specializes in race and media in the US. Dr. Ruíz’s research examines technologies that produce and facilitate structures of racialized violence, as well as artistic and activist media that propose alternative forms of safety and survival.   


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SAVITA KRISHNAMOORTHY is an art historian, educator, organizer, and writer from India, based in Redmond, WA. Her writing publications include The Times of India, Feminist Media Histories (University of California Press), Courageous Creativity, Black Embodiment Studio Journal, and the International Examiner, where she is a regular contributor writing on arts and culture. She earned an MA in Art History (University of Bangalore, India), her MA in Cultural Studies (University of Washington) and received the 2019 Merit Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Foundation.


“I value the space between arts practice and community engagement. To affect change by facilitating conversations that shift the narratives on equity, access, and representation.”


The program is presented by Black Cinema Collective along with Centro Cultural Mexicano, with grants received from the Redmond Arts Seasons Grant (2021) and 4 Culture.


Past Programs + Conversations

From multi-hyphenate poet and artist Saul Williams, and Rwanda-born artist Anisia Uzeyman, #NeptuneFrost is a thrilling anti-colonialist sci-fi musical.

Neptune Frost (2021) Film Screening

A four-film series and lecture by Abderrahmane Sissako in conversation,  holding the transformational poetics of humanitarian cinema.

Abderrahmane Sissako’s African Worlds

The Frye celebrates the final weekend of the landmark exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem with a special screening program of artist videos and short films curated by Berette S Macaulay of Black Cinema Collective.


An annual celebration of Black Music in the United States inaugurated by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

Black Sonic Evolutions 2022

AFTER DARK - BCC's Annual Horror & SciFi Program

AFTER DARK Annual Horror + SciFi Program

An Evolutionary History of Visual Art + Music

This festival of contemporary Brazilian films gives marginalized voices the mic in discussions of race, sexuality, and governance.

Travessias Brazilian Film Festival 2022 [Co-Presenter]

A film program engaging stories of human connection.

Between the Frame: Virtual Screening + Discussion

Serious Tings

A visual retelling of personal and creative responses to daily life in Colombia, Jamaica, and the UK

HERE + THERE, or frequencies of the everyday

A film program engaging stories of human connection.

Between the Frames: Outdoor Screening

Black Spatial Elegance: Sight + Sound

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