The Idlewild International Film Festival brings it August 23/25, 2019. You do not want to miss this!

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Mark your calendar for August 23-25 , 2019.  That is the weekend of the Idlewild International Film Festival.   You do not want to miss this weekend long event.

The weekend of August 23-25, the Cinematic Griot Collective brings to you an outdoor film screening under the stars in the Historical African American Community of Idlewild, Michigan.  Highlighting Women filmmakers telling vibrant and unique stories, the entire weekend will be filled with short films, tours of the Island, art, music, food, and fun!

Featuring carefully selected films, documentaries and music videos, presented to you from all over the world, this festival will also include an art and photography exhibit from the natives and neighboring communities entitled “Voices of Idlewild”.

About Idlewild

Idlewild was once considered the Black Eden of Michigan and is known for its beautiful beaches, lakes, and wildlife. During the highlight of its popularity, travelers from all over the country would go to experience its exciting night-life which often featured notable entertainers such as legends like Lena Horne, Four Tops and Della Reese.

After segregation ended, more entertainers of color were free to perform anywhere in the country and Idlewild became somewhat forgotten. Over the last two decades, new business and venues have grown in this community and in 2019 we invite you to join us in making history by attending the first Idlewild International Film Festival.

2019 Line-up Highlights
Everywhere you turn there are renovations occurring throughout Brooklyn which shifts the neighborhood’s ethnic composition. African American communities seem to be the pit stop for real estate developers to develop new, more expensive housing which leads to community displacement for lower-income families.

“Don’t Expel the Blacks,”  a short film about gentrification in Brooklyn,
will screen at the Idlewild International Film Festival!

Little Church
“Little Church” by #Detroit filmmaker Zachary Cunningham winner at many film festivals will screen at the Idlewild International Film Festival.

Michael, the 10 year old son of a pastor, is plagued with anxiety and confusion as he attempts to connect with his father while struggling to make sense of the culture he’s entrenched in.


Check out the trailer!

The Resistance of Philadelphia
If you enjoy Sci Fi you don’t want to miss this one at our festival by filmmaker M Asli Dukan  

M. Asli Dukan is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who works primarily in the genres of speculative fiction as a subversive artistic and liberatory practice. She has screened at numerous film festivals in North America including the Newark International Film Festival, the Imagenation Film and Music Festival, the Langston Hughes Film Festival, the Blackstar Film Festival and at T.O. Webfest in Toronto, Canada.

Resistance: the battle of Philadelphia is a six-part, short-form, speculative fiction web series about a clandestine collective of residents who mobilize to resist the pervasive surveillance and the repressive state violence of a powerful corporate government in a near-future Philadelphia.


Check out the official trailer.

Brotherhood of Skiing
Don’t miss the short documentary “Brotherhood Of Skiing” by Tyler Wilkinson-Ray & Colin Arisman

Did you know that since, 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul, smiles and a party to the mountain. Formed during the height of the civil rights movement, the organization is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for people of color on the slopes and supporting black youth in snowsports. Today, the Brotherhood hosts the largest gathering of black skiers in the United States and represents 53 ski clubs in four regions across the country and 3,000 members.


Watch this official Trailer for REI’s “Brotherhood of Skiing”

Don’t miss “Light” a short film by Dallas-born Cherokee filmmaker, Sarah Hennigan.

A Dallas-born Cherokee filmmaker, Sarah grew up on-set and backstage, and has been involved in the arts ever since. Her directorial work has been seen in festivals such as LA SkinsFest, Maoriland Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, and Green Bay Film Festival. She is also passionate about Native representation in popular culture.

A gifted young woman launches into the darkness to find a way to save her people. What she uncovers, nobody expected.


Check out the official trailer here.

We Breath
“We Breathe” is a music video that celebrates the tremendous, unique and powerful life journey of #women, and is the second collaboration of the string #quartet #MusiqueNoire and #Detroit-based production company Reel Clever Films LLC directed by Eden Villarba-Sabolboro .

Eden Villarba is an actor and director, known for Going Home (2014), Sunog (2012) and Saranghae My Tutor (2011).

Check out the trailer here.


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The Cinematic Griot Film Collective

Our Mission:
The Cinematic Griot Collective is a network of filmmakers, artists, and creatives who create and showcase, inspiring and unique culturally relevant works. We aim to reach beyond the surface with non-linear perspectives and creations. Traveling throughout forgotten communities, we bring to the forefront people and places that are often overlooked, misrepresented and forgotten.

Film Festival Line Up

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