Culture Shock African American Film Series

Communities First, Inc. has partnered with the Flint Institute of Arts to host an African American Film Series at the Flint Institute of Arts. The series is designed to inspire, inform, empower and entertain attendees.

“The Culture Shock program provides opportunities for people from all walks of life to experience arts and culture at minimal cost in new and exciting ways. There are many people who do not realize that independent films exist or that they could make a career in the film industry outside of the mainstream. We are hopeful that this series will be eye opening and entertaining for attendees,” said Glenn Wilson, President/CEO.

The series takes place once a month from November to February. The schedule for the film series is:

Thursday, November 12 – Brooklyn Boheme
Reception and live entertainment begins at 5:30pm
Spike Lee, Branford Marsalis, and Chris Rock are among the subjects of a portrait of the black arts movement that exploded in the New York borough during the late 1980s through the ’90s. This film is recommended for ages 13 and older, some strong language.

Thursday, December 10 – An American Ascent
Gallery Tours begin at 5:30pm
This documents the first African American expedition to climb Denali – North America’s highest peak – and explores our relationship with the outdoors. This film is recommended for all ages.

Thursday, January 14 – The Bicycle
Gallery Tours begin at 5:30pm
When Bobbi is jumped and her bicycle is stolen, her mother’s fiance Teddy realizes that finding the bully and getting back the bicycle is the perfect opportunity to repair his relationship with Bobbi and save his fiancée’s hope of them becoming a family. This film is recommended for all ages.

Thursday, February 11 – Last Night
Reception and live entertainment begins at 5:30pm
Last Night spins an unexpected adventure when verbal sparring takes an intimate turn into soul-baring disclosures between strangers who might never meet again. This film is recommended for ages 13 and older.

“We are happy to be partnering with Communities First to be bringing quality cinema on a variety of themes and issues to the Flint community,” said Ed Bradley. associate curator of film at the Flint Institute of Arts.

Doors open at 5:30pm and the films begin at 7:00pm. Seating is limited to the first 300 guests and a donation of $2 is suggested. Each film will feature a brief discussion about the themes guests will see in the films. For more information visit

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