The Appell Center has kicked off a new, monthly Black Film Series – a course of films that celebrate the culture of the African-American and Black communities. By partnering with local African-American and Black community leaders, the Appell Center aims for the Black Film Series to entertain, educate and bring together diverse groups of moviegoers. The series kicked-off in March with a double-feature of The Wiz and Dreamgirls, and continues each month with classics including Love and Basketball, Claudine, Southside with You, and a special Free First Friday Family Film screening of Akeelah and the Bee. Special thanks go to presenting sponsor M&T Bank, and the Cultural Alliance of York County for naming the Black Film Series a recipient of a 2019 Creative Impact Grant Award.
Why a Black Film Series in York?
York has not yet had a series that regularly showcases historical works and stories of Black and African-American filmmakers and actors. The Appell Center aspires to showcase a wider range of Black films. It aims to make the Black community feel more welcome and expose the non-Black community to more diverse perspectives.
The Black Film Series – along with a new Spanish Language Film Series – is the result of various factors coming together: an Appell Center commitment to invite and welcome all audiences, a renovated Capitol Theatre seeking to diversify its programming, and an interest from the Black and African-American communities to build a film series in York.
Why the name: “Black” Film Series?
After a significant conversation with our volunteer coalition, conclusions were that African-American only described a portion of the target audience. The Black Film Series aims to showcase films about American experiences and others as well, celebrating their cultures and communities.
All tickets $5! Students with ID and kids under 12 accompanied by an adult are FREE!
Tickets available in advance online at AppellCenter.org and via box office at 717-846-1111 or in person 30 minutes prior to each film. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase and can be brought into the theatre.
Love and Basketball
May 25 at 3:00 PM
June 15 at 3:00 PM
Southside with You
July 13 at 3:00 PM
August 10 at 3:00 PM
Akeelah and the Bee
September 6 at 6:30 PM
FREE First Friday Family Film
Sponsored by OSS Health