COCKTAILS & CINEMA

Established by ImageNation, Cocktails & Cinema is a national quarterly social launched at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater. Stay tuned for future cities, and join us quarterly in Harlem on the Apollo Theater Soundstage!  

 

This a quarterly social features screenings of independent Black world cinema. Each event is preceded by a reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer/cocktails, a live DJ, and a talkback after the film.

 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

ImageNation's Cocktails & Cinema 

Apollo Theater Soundstage

ImageNation's Cocktails & Cinema:

BAKOSÓ: Afrobeats of Cuba
Running Time: 50 min., United States

6pm - Reception & DJ Set with Bembona
7pm - Film Screening followed by Panel Discussion

Apollo Theater Soundstage

The Apollo Theater has partnered with ImageNation to present Cocktails & Cinema,  a quarterly social featuring premiere and advance screenings of Black world cinema. Each event is preceded by a reception with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer, a live DJ, and a talkback after the film.

We proudly continue the second installment of this new series with Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba, preceded by a DJ set by Bembona. Bakoso follows DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find musical inspiration. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade. Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, with stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the Afrobeats genre, the film shows the technology, culture and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.

 

Panelists:
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Director
Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Producer
Mai-Elka Prado Gil, founder of the Afro-Latino Festival of New York

 

Moderator:
Moikgantsi Kgama, ImageNation

Thursday, November 21, 2019

ImageNation's Cocktails & Cinema:

Apollo Theater Soundstage

CLEMENCY

Running Time: 119min., United States

6pm Reception & DJ Set with DJ Reborn
7pm Film Screening

Apollo Theater Soundstage

The Apollo Theater has partnered with ImageNation, an innovative Harlem-based company created to develop audiences for independent film and music that depict the global Black experience. Cocktails & Cinema is a quarterly social featuring premiere and advance screenings of Black world cinema. Each event is preceded by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer, featuring  a live set with DJ Reborn and following the screening a film talk back.

The Apollo proudly launches this new series with an advance screening of Clemency. Starring Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, and Wendell Pierce, Clemency is the winner of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival's grand jury prize. Director Chinonye Chukwu, is the first Black woman to ever win the festival's top prize.

Already deemed an Oscar worthy performance, Woodard depicts prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

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