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2016 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival







Monday, June 20, 2016 – in association w/ SummerStage

Saratoga Park, Brooklyn, NY

In My Father’s House

Directed by Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg, 93 Min., USA


IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE explores identity and legacy in the African-American family, as Grammy award-winning rapper Che 'Rhymefest' Smith and his long-lost father reconnect and try to build a new future in Chicago's turbulent South Side. 

Discussion: Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Bob McCullough, Jr. moderated by Chuck Creekmur of


Monday, June 27, 2016 – in association w/ SummerStage

Saratoga Park, Brooklyn, NY

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Directed by Morgan Neville, 91 Min., USA


Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton. 

Music:  DJ Felix Hernandez 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - in association w/ SummerStage

Von King Park, Brooklyn, NY


What Happened Miss Simone?

Directed by Liz Garbus, 101 Min., USA


Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, Black power icon and legendary recording artist Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy.

Live Music: Lisa Simone, daughter of Nina Simone.






Monday, July 18, 2016  - w/ Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival

St. Nicholas Park & 135th Street, New York, NY


Within Our Gates Live Remix by DJ Spooky AKA Paul Miller

Directed by Oscar Micheaux, 79 Min., USA


See Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates  featured on the new


Classics with a new musical score composed by 

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. PIONEERS will be released July 26, 2016.

Live Music: Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky  




Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – in association w/ WEACT

West Harlem Pier Park, 125th Street & Hudson River


Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Directed by Stanley Nelson, 115 min, USA


This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

Live: Q & A w/ Director Stanley Nelson + A Special Performance!





Monday, August 1, 2016  - iw/ Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater - 122nd  & Fifth Ave., New York, NY


Live Music 6pm | DJ 7pm | Film 8pm


It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night: A Soul Train Tribute to Prince


Join ImageNation, Injoy Enterprises and the Historic Harlem Parks Film festival for a joyous evening of tribute performances to the Artist aka Prince. An all-star cast of independent artists including Marcus Machado with his band, Amma Whatt, Angela Johnson, Carmen Rodgers, Chris Rob, Elijah Bland, Kelli Sae, Nicholas Ryan Gant and more will belt out your favorite Prince jams. Followed by a Soul Train line spun by DJ M. Forde.


The annual Soul Train Tribute has become the hottest Jam in the park every summer. This is the FREE, fun party in the park that salutes Soul Train visionary Don Cornelius, the iconic program and our musical legends.


Purple Rain (Adult Content)

Director, directed by Albert Magnoli, 111 min.


A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rockyrelationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.





Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – in association w/ WEACT

West Harlem Pier Park, 125th Street & Hudson River

Company Town

Directed by Natalie Kottke-Masocco and Erica Sardarian, 90 min, USA


Company Town follows one man’s journey to save his town. African-American pastor David Bouie is up against one of the nation’s largest paper mill and chemical plants, Georgia-Pacific, owned by billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch of Koch Industries, a company neighbors worked their entire lives for making products like, Angel Soft, Brawny Paper Towels, Quilted Northern, and Dixie paper cups.


He galvanizes the town, revealing untold stories of cancer and illness.

A Whistleblower bravely steps forward shedding light on Georgia-Pacific’s egregious business practices. A rare look inside one hidden American town, where the company rules and the government’s negligence pushes them to stand up and fight for justice. Crossett, Arkansas represents all towns across America polluted by big business.

Music: DJ Mike


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – in association w/ WEACT

West Harlem Pier Park, 125th Street & Hudson River



Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 90 min, USA

Detropia is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive and make sense of what is happening to their city. An owner of a blues bar, a young blogger, an auto union rep, a group of young artists, an opera impresario, and a gang of illegal “scrappers” make up an unlikely chorus that illuminates the tale of both a city and a country in a soul-searching mood, grasping for a new identity.

Music: DJ Mike




Saturday, August 20, 2016 - in association w/ Harlem Week

St. Nicholas Park & 135th Street, New York, NY


When We Were Kings

Directed by Leon Gast, 88 min, Democratic Republic of Congo


A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Music: DJ M. Ford





Saturday, August 27, 2016 - in association w/ Harlem Week

St. Nicholas Park & 135th Street, New York, NY


A 30th Anniversary Celebration of

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc.



Directed by Jessica Edwards, 80 min, USA


HBO's MAVIS! chronicles the ascension of gospel and soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. An intimate look at a tight-knit family, the film reveals their struggles and successes, featuring dynamic live performances and rarely-seen archival footage, as well as modern-day interviews with Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and Chuck D.


Music: A live Gospel Concert featuring Harlem’s finest Gospel Singers


Photo Credit: Miikka Skaffari/Film First/Courtesy of HBO


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