Canfield Consortium, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development organization committed to restoring the neighborhood community experience in East Canfield Village, in partnership with One Take Strategic Consultants is proud to announce in celebration of Black History Month and February 18th is “National Black Movie Day,” a special re-screening of three independent Detroit Black films, Saturday, February 18, at Cinema Detroit located in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood at 4126 3rd St. in Detroit.
The first movie screening (3 Keys) will begin at 4:30 p.m., follow by the second (One More Flip) at 7:00 p.m., and the final screening (Buffed Up) beginning at 9:00 p.m. Ticket are $10 and can be purchased in advance online, or at the door.
“We are excited to be hosting a National Black Film Day in Detroit. It’s time we celebrate Detroit’s onscreen storytelling and champion local filmmakers.” Kimley Theus, co-founder of Canfield Consortium.
“There is a real disconnect between what people watch and what the industry values. Decision makers are not connected to the culture and are putting out movies that cater to only a portion of what people want to see. The Detroit film industry is really building cultural capital that is measured by activity on social media and what people are talking about. National Black Film Day was founded by Agnes Moss whose mission is to aid persons of color in achieving more recognition and representation in the film industry. We are proud to join Ms. Moss on the journey of recognizing the value and impact of Black films on the global community and especially here in Detroit. I am happy to help spotlight stories, particularly stories that resonate with Detroiters,” Theus added.
Canfield Consortium and One Take Strategic Solutions invites Detroit movie lovers to show their support for three dynamic films centered around the Detroit Black experience: 3 Keys – a comedy about a superficial social media influencer’s flossing in the streets lifestyle take a hard fall; One More Flip – a drama film about drug deal gone wrong and the consequences of jail time and making bad decisions; and finally Buffed Up – an action comedy that follows the drama around three college students who think the only way to a girl is to have pain for Cartier framed glasses.
Mena Monroe is an influential figure in Detroit’s film industry. As a screenwriter, director, actor and producer, there is no area of film making that Monroe has not mastered. Through her films, Monroe explores themes of love, success, and self-actualization. Her work often portrays the experiences of Black women and challenges what it means to be a woman in control your own destiny especially when the circumstances are not favorable.
Streetlord Rook and his company, Chedda Boy Films has created a lane for quality films. One More Flip features Detroit stars Sada Baby, Royce da 5’9, and Mena Monroe. When the film premiered at Emagine Royal Oak, it surpassed turnout for previous premiers including Marvel’s AVENGERS: END GAME demonstrating the excitement for the film. With a distinct ability to showcase talent in Detroit, Streetlord Rook is an independent filmmaker to keep your eye on.
Mula Films is the nucleus of the burgeoning film industry in Detroit. One of their goals is to provide access to film and production opportunities that many in Detroit would not have access too. Mula Films continues to grow. Their television series, McGraw Ave hit cult status, earning lead actor, Murda Pain, the nickname “Hood Denzel”.
Canfield Consortium is a nonprofit community development organization committed to restoring the neighborhood community experience in East Canfield Village. The East Canfield area has lost most of its basic support systems that were crucial to its vitality. Sisters Rhonda and Kim Theus, who grew up in the East Canfield community, after watching their neighborhood shift from a thriving community to an area of blight, founded Canfield Consortium. The sisters have committed themselves to becoming a part of its East Canfield Village resurgence and started Canfield Consortium with the intention of eradicating issues associated with blight, such as substandard infrastructure, rundown buildings and idle spaces.
By initiating an outreach effort to connect residents, schools, churches and businesses, Canfield Consortium is restoring the East Canfield Village community that holds tremendous promise for current residents, residents to come, visitors and businesses.
Canfield Consortium’s most recent project was the developed of an art park that includes a covered shelter and a signature artwork from designed by native Detroiter and famed sculpture artist Austen Brantley, who has created a magnificent piece called “BOY HOLDS FLOWER.”
For more information on National Black Film Day movie screenings at Cinema Detroit please call (313) 338-9555, visit online at CinemaDetroit.org.