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2017 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival

Six Nights of Soul Cinema and Music Under the Stars

June 16th to September 9th in Harlem!


FREE! Music begins at 6:00PM; Films at 8:00PM or sundown.

Downloadable festival pocket guide.

Presented in partnership with the Historic Harlem Parks Association and the NYC Parks Department.

Friday, June 16, 2017 – in association w/ Harlem Pride, Slay TV, Harlem2020

Marcus Garvey Park, NYC 



Directed by Barry Jenkins, 111 min., USA  


Winner of Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards, this extraordinary drama explores three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Directed by Barry Jenkins, starring Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomi Harris, Andre Holland and others.


Preceded by the short film 90 Days

Directed by Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte, 19 min., USA



MUSIC: House Party spun by DJ M. Forde

About DJ M. Forde

Coming straight out of Brooklyn the land of Biggie and Jay-z. A multi-talented MC, choreographer, world traveler, stylist, luxury men's wear designer and most of all a Afro- house, house and classics Dj. Dj M. Forde was mentored by the legendary NY DJ's Little Louie Vega of Masters at Work, Timmy Regisford and Carlos Sanchez.  He started out dancing and choreographing for many artist and dance theaters in the underground dance seen in NY in the 90's where he met Erik Morello (I like to move it move it) who introduced him to Louie Vega. M.Forde made his debut as a guest at the Limelight.  He has also played Tokyo's  Club Yellow and made mixtapes with Chicago's DJ Mark Grant. He's worked with many party planners in NY like Colin Cowie and David Starks. Sponsored by Italian sound company FBT, he has a residency at Lola's in Martha's Vineyard and is the newest addition to the Soul Summit dance festival in Brooklyn which he is bringing to MV this summer. Fashion is also his passion as a designer/stylist of his own label M. Forde Designs. He's been featured on the Apprentice, ESPN, rated Esquires best dressed man in America, l'uomo Vogue magazine and the Today Show.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Marcus Garvey Park, NYC


Get Out

Directed by Jordan Peele, 103 min., USA

In Get Out, a speculative thriller from the mind of Jordan Peele, a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation.

MUSIC: Hip-hop, House & Soul by DJ Brittofied

LIVE BAND: V Ferg presents Creative Public Offering

About DJ Brittofied

Visual Artist and DJ Michael Paul Britto graduated with a BA from the City College of New York. Michael's works range from videos to digital photography, sculpture, collage, and performance. Britto has had residencies at the New Museum in New York as well as Smack Mellon, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and LMCC. Michael has been featured in shows at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, The Kitchen and the Victoria and Albert Museum in England. Britto has been written about in "The New York Times, Art In America and the Brooklyn Rail.

About V Ferg

V Ferg is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, performer, and humanitarian whose music unlocks the power to make audiences sing, dance, and even think. By night, you can typically find him hosting lively underground New York City jams as part of his Creative Public Offering collective, performing to packed crowds at hot spots like SOBs, and recording endless amounts of music. During the day, he works as an “Illuminator,” educating sixth and seventh graders on matters of Social Justice. This ethos is reflected in his later album Higher Level Music. He’s jammed alongside the likes of Erykah Badu and shared stages with Girl Talk, MC Hammer, and many more. Playing bass, guitar, keys, and more, he bobs and weaves between rock, hip-hop, and R&B, landing a knockout each time he takes the stage.

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Annual Soul Train Tribute


Directed by Ava DuVernay, 100 min., USA

This 2017 Academy Award nominated documentary takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

The Soul Train Tribute -- arguably the hottest Jam in the park for six consecutive years -- celebrates the soundtrack of American social movements with a tribute to Freedom Songs from the Soul Train Era! With Music spun by DJ Stormin' Norman of Sundae Sermon, this tribute will feature music from Soul Train artists: James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others interpreted by an all-star cast of independent artists including: Aiyana Smash, Abiah, Asa Lovechild, Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne,  Keith Anthony Fluitt, Petawayne, Lorinda Robinson, Shelly Nicole and others!

MUSIC: House Music by DJ Stormin Norman of Sundae Sermon and live Soul Train tribute curated by InJoy Enterprises

About Stormin' Norman

Dj Stormin' Norman originally hails from East London, UK and is now a resident of Harlem, USA. In the 90's, he was part of a groundbreaking DJ collective who brought the Thunderstorm Mix on WBLS 107.5FM NYC, introducing live mixing to daytime radio previously reserved for weekend nights broadcasted from night-clubs, setting a new precedent in national radio. For over 20 years, he's played major New York clubs, exclusive downtown spots, elite private events and world touring.  Currently dj & produces the most anticipated event of the Summer Season in New York City Sundae Sermon, bringing over thousands of attendees per event together in Harlem parks termed by many “the Woodstock of Harlem”.  Continuing his brand Dj Stormin' Norman Host his own show entitled Sundae Sermon Radio on WHCR 90.3fm, a record label Sundae Sermon Recordings and for 2015 the non-for-profit Sundae Sermon Foundation. Dj Stormin’ Norman is also the DJ resident of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster in Harlem.


Saturday, August 19th  Harlem Week w/ NBPC

St. Nicholas Park, NYC


I Am Not Your Negro

Directed by Raoul Peck, 93 min., USA

Nominated for a 2017 Academy Award, the seed for this film was planted more than 35 years ago. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Through I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. 

MUSIC: R&B and Soul by Live DJ

Saturday, August 26th  Harlem Week

St. Nicholas Park, NYC

Queen of Katwe

Director by Mira Nair, 124 min., Uganda/South Africa

Starring David OyelowoLupita Nyong'o, and Madina Nalwanga, Queen of Katwe depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe who learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads.

The film will be preceded by chess activities for kids!

MUSIC: R&B and Soul by Live DJ

Saturday, September 9th  Black Girl Magic!

Marcus Garvey Park, NYC


Celebrating the Superflyness of Black Women & Girls

The Fits

Director by Anna Rose Holmer, 72 min., USA

A dreamy exploration of girlhood, The Fits follows An 11-year-old tomboy as she tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team.

MUSIC: Natasha Diggs (DJ)

About Natasha Diggs

For well over a decade NATASHA DIGGS has been digging deeper to provide the soundscape for parties across the globe in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Prague, Los Angeles and Berlin. As resident of New York City's premiere all-vinyl 45 party, Mobile Mondays!, Diggs has become a force to be reckoned with and one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. Whether she’s playing all vinyl or Serato, Natasha’s deep knowledge of music has enabled her to rock diverse crowds around the globe and on any given night her sets might dip into hip hop, soul, funk, latin, rock, house, reggae, afro-brazilian, disco, and beyond. Natasha has played alongside or opened for artists such as Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, Grandmaster Flash, Just Blaze, Dam Funk, The Pharcyde, Rakim, Slum Village, Foreign Exchange, Kenny Dope, 45 King, Cut Chemist, Spinderella, DJ Scratch, Prince Paul, DJ Spinna, DJ Muro, and many more.


Live Performances: The film is preceded by performances by deejay Natasha Diggs, the Uptown Dance Academy, as well as live music programmed by Injoy Enterprises, featuring an all female band led by drummer extraordinaire Camille Gainer Jones with performances from independent artists Abby Dobson, Claudia Hayden, Toni Ann Semple, Vivian Sessoms, Aiyana Smash and more! 

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