Created in 2008 in Charlotte, NC, the Classic Black Cinema Series (C.B.C.S.) has been specifically designed as a vehicle to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had around the globe throughout the years.
The series showcases the amazing diversity of cultures and experiences that are woven within the African Diaspora through a selection of films.
Our mission is to appeal to as diverse a population as possible and further the appreciation of Black Cinema. We aim to not only draw a diverse group of movie goers together, but also to provide a forum for Charlotte area residents to openly discuss social issues and the unique legacy of black filmmaking that has served as a frame of reference for today’s contemporary films.
The films explore common themes that run through black films that are influenced by black culture in itself.The love of movies is cross-cultural and we seek to take advantage of this universal pastime to provide a cultural bridge in our community.
harvey b. gantt center
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
FREE FOR GANTT CENTER MEMBERS OR $9.00 WITH REGULAR MUSEUM ADMISSIO
Each month we showcase the amazing diversity of cultures and experiences that are woven within the African Diaspora through a selection of films. We are diligent about selecting films that interest and reflect the artistic contribution that black culture has had in the world and foster relevant, topical, compelling and even challenging discussion among our audience.
Our movies screen every 2nd Sunday of the month
ST. LOUIS BLUES (1958)
NAT KING COLE, CAB CALLOWAY, EARTHA KITT
Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father
and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his
musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the
music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme
song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer,
convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from
his father for many years while he writes and publishes
many blues songs. At last the family is reunited when Gogo
brings them to New York to see Will's music played by a
PRINCESS TAM TAM (1935)
Baker plays a young African woman living in (white) North
Africa. She is "civilized" by a French novelist, somewhat the
way Henry Higgens trains Eliza Doolittle, but here in order
to get back at his wife in France, whom he suspects of
cheating on him, in other words for strictly selfish reasons.
In the end, when he wins back his wife - in a completely
unconvincing scene - he forgets all about Baker.
AVA AND GABRIELLE: A LOVE STORY (1990)
DIRECTED BY FELIX DEROOY
Set in Curacao in the 1940s, Ava & Gabriel: A Love Story
tells of the painter Gabriel Goedbloed, who arrives from
Holland to paint a mural of the Virgin Mary in a local church. Gabriel is black, originally from Surinam. The colonial
Antillian society proves less than tolerant towards him,
especially after he chooses as his model a young Black
Film Curator, Felix Curtis, is interviewed on Feb. 16th by WBTV on the opening weekend of Black Panther in Charlotte NC.
CURATOR AND HOST: Felix curtis
After retiring from a long career as a computer systems analyst, Felix came to Charlotte in 2006 from the Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area. Being an avid film buff and historian Felix started sharing his passion with the public as a curator of “The San Francisco Black Film Festival” and “Black Filmworks” the annual film festival component of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame where he later served as Executive Director.
Felix was actively involved with Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame for over 12 years, however, he was a participant in their activities since it’s inception 28 years ago.
His first involvement with the organization was as a ‘Community” level judge for the Film, Video and Screenplay Competition. This was his first exposure to the collective works of independent Black filmmakers. Felix was enthralled and fascinated by the works and took it upon himself to get more involved by enhancing the processes of judging and presentation. He coordinated the annual Film and Video Competition for over 7 years which involved a review of all films submitted to insure the proper category slot; the selection of judges and group leaders along with the film categories to be judged by each group.
His work on the Steering Committee of Black Filmworks (the Annual Film Festival component of BFHF) consisted of curating the film screening selections. During Black Filmworks he moderated the filmmaker question and answer sessions. In order to make available the works of independent Black filmmakers to the public on an ongoing basis he began hosting a popular monthly screening at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, a landmark event space in Oakland that lasted for 4 years.
Felix now lives an active life in Charlotte with his wife of 48 years, Cheryl. When he's not on the golf course with his buddies, you will often find them enjoying Charlotte's vibrant cultural, music, art, and culinary scene.