The Black Cinema Series

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The Black Cinema Series

The Little Theatre is proud to announce The Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ).  The series celebrates both documentary and narrative expressions in black cinema with a curated film choice every month. To complement each film, The Little will host discussions led by RABJ members, local experts, community leaders, and filmmakers after each series screening.

Upcoming films for this Series

This series does not have anything scheduled right now.

Past films from this Series


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jun 14, 2019
Duration: 114m
Rating: Not Rated
SPRINTER tells the story of Akeem Sharp (Dale Elliott), who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes a rise in the track and field world will take him to the U.S. to...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
May 17, 2019
Duration: 68m
Rating: Not Rated
Black Cinema Series presents: BLACK BORDER WARRIORS 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 Made by local filmmakers Discussion with Executive Producers Mikhail Gershteyn and Nate Brown, along with a Skype...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Mar 29, 2019
Duration: 82m
Rating: Not Rated
Chi-Town follows Keifer Sykes on his meteoric rise from Marshall High School on Chicago’s West Side to his improbable shot at the NBA. This exhilarating multi-year journey of the explosive point...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Feb 27, 2019
Duration: 30m
Rating: Not Rated
This is a FREE event. There are no tickets; seats are available on a first come, first seated basis. On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Feb 15, 2019
Duration: 95m
Rating: Not Rated
The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets in their 20s, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jan 18, 2019
Duration: 119m
Rating: R
Open Captions: Tuesday, January 29 at 6:20pm. Ends Thursday, January 31. Based on the novel written by James Baldwin, and directed by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight).  In early 1970s...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Dec 28, 2018
Duration: 109m
Rating: PG
The Black Cinema Series closes 2018 with director Ava DuVernay's take on Madeleine L'Engle classic novel.  Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Dec 8, 2018
Duration: 69m
Rating: Not Rated
Back to Natural is a  69-minute documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr....


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Nov 30, 2018
Duration: 69m
Rating: Not Rated
Back to Natural is a  69-minute documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr....


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 28, 2018
Duration: 95m
Rating: R
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.  He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers,...