A selection of short films curated by film programmer and filmmaker Rendah Haj Post Screening conversation to follow with Rendah Haj and multi-disciplinary artist and NFFF co-founder Billy Gerard Frank.
TOTAL RUN TIME: 53:08 MINS
2 PM – 3 PM: OUTDOOR SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES
Celebrating black Joy and resistance, featuring Cito Blanko, a Bronx New York native, Spoken Word Artist, and published Poet, and Zania Cummings.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: SHORT FILM PROGRAM 2: RESISTANCE, RITUAL, AND LIBERATION.
A selection of elevated films that range from experimental to documentary, exploring boxing, ritual, dreams, and empowerment, imagining ways diasporic people inhabit and celebrate spaces, push against limitations, and their bodies as the ultimate vessel to liberation.
4 PM – 6:30 PM: LIFT FILM SCREENING FOLLOWED BY CONVERSATION AND LIVE DANCE PERFORMANCE.
The centerpiece film Lift directed by David Petersen and produced by Mary Recine, followed by a conversation with New York Theatre Ballet’s Artistic Director, Steven Melendez, and Lift producer Mary Recine, moderated by Tony Award nominee, Karine Plantadit.
7 PM – 10 PM: MUSIC, DANCE, CELEBRATION.
Grove and awaken the body, senses, and mind to the elevated global sounds and music by D J Serge Negri.
Nova Frontier Film Festival and The Billie Holiday Theatre present Nova Frontier Arts — A day of films, panels, live performances, music, and more, centered around themes and metaphors of liberation, black joy, rituals, and connections. The full day’s program shines a spotlight on the invisible and intimate stories of the overlooked spaces, people, and places in our society, challenging perceived ideas around them, through dance, rituals, and everyday existence. The program is a reflection, as well as a celebration, as there is no better time than now to commemorate all of the joy and light we have experienced through these uncertain times.