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
GET CHRISTIE LOVE (1974)
Get Christie Love! is a 1974 made-for-television film and subsequent crime drama TV series starring Teresa Graves. Christie Love was a very beautiful and quite charming black woman who also happened to be a skilled undercover
operative with the Los Angeles Police Department. Her smarts and skills often came in handy when posing as a
prostitute, jewel thief, etc. in an effort to bring down the bad operates.
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD (2005)
HALLE BERRY, MICHAEL ELY, RUBY DEE, TERRENCE HOWARD
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a famous novel by Zora Neale Hurston that is considered standard reading for most high school students. A harrowing tale of racism in the deep South, the story is one that focuses heavily on the importance of self-fulfillment and satisfaction in a world that is seemingly so against the main characters.
The film, produced by Oprah Winfrey is a drama is set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town.
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.