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#ThinkCinematic by Culture Kinetica is a visual culture writer, curator and consultant. Principal programmer on BFI (British Film Institute) 'Queen Of The Screen: Angela Bassett' season, THINK Cinematic has consulted on the board of BFI 'Black Star,' and founded and curated #BCAFilmFest (Black Cultural Archives Film Festival) in partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas.
A contributor to 'Free Thinking' on BBC Radio 3, BBC London, Women Of The World (WOWfest) Festival at Southbank and We Are Parable's 'Who We Are' Collection on BFI Player, THINK Cinematic has also served as a television consultant on the BBC Two series 'Black Is The New Black' and the Netflix US series 'They've Gotta Have Us.'
THINK Cinematic has written feature editorials and reviews for publications and film sites including BFI Sight & Sound International Film Magazine, Indiewire.com, Shadow & Act and June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive.
QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI
Angela Bassett is one of the most captivating screen stars of her generation, with an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, traversing every genre from intimate indie drama (Boyz N the Hood) to heart-stopping musical biopic (What’s Love Got to Do with It) to dystopian, action-fuelled thriller (Strange Days). Bassett’s regal presence and undeniable versatility have come to define her signature star power, and she’s firmly established herself as an iconic leading lady. An electrifying character actor, director and producer, she’s also seen as one of the finest and most beloved artists to have emerged from the early 90s wave of new American cinema.
AUGUST - DECEMBER 2016
Imagine cinema history without Paul Robeson, Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier, Pam Grier, and Samuel L Jackson – some of the greatest actors to light up our screens with their charisma and talent. Now imagine how much richer our shared memory would be, had the opportunities available to black actors matched their abilities. With BLACK STAR we are celebrating great performances and bringing them back to the big screen for everyone to enjoy.
In the BFI book series, 'BLACK STAR'- a fully illustrated 160-page BFI Compendium published to accompany the season, explores the theme of Black stardom in film and TV. It features a range of new writing by contributors including film scholars and critics.
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WHO WE ARE
“Take some wisdom from the past. Lessons of cultural reinvention.”
It’s time for a cultural RESET, says curator THINK Cinematic, and we can take inspiration from Black filmmakers of the past, who have always defied the odds and symbolised the spirit of resilience. 'Pandemic. Pause. Reset' is the second in our series of articles for WHO WE ARE by We Are Parable, an online takeover exploring the artistry behind Black British film.
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Sight & Sound: September Issue
Black Film Bulletin was first published by the British Film Institute in 1993. Founded by editors Dr June Givanni and Gaylene Gould, it was a vital space for critical commentary around developments in new Black cinema and pan-African cinema histories. Publication ceased around the turn of the millennium, but in recent years the BFB has taken gradual steps to being revived in a new form, this time guided by two members of a new generation – THINK Cinematic's Jan Asante and Melanie Hoyes. All four BFB editors talk James Bell through the Black Film Bulletin’s history.
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Matthew Sweet and critics Catherine Bray and Ryan Gilbey look at films making waves as the Academy announces this year's nominations. Writer Jan Asante (THINK Cinematic) and cultural theorist Bill Schwarz assess James Baldwin's legacy in the light of the film adaptation of his novel 'If Beale Street Could Talk.' Language historian John Gallagher gets to grips with the dialogue in period dramas including The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots.
BCA | PICTUREHOUSE | BFI 2014 - 2016
Founded and curated by THINK Cinematic at the Black Cultural Archives, - the UK's largest Black Diaspora Heritage archive, #BCAFilmFest launched in 2014 in partnership with Ritzy Picturehouse Cinema. The 2015 edition of the festival, 'Staying Power: Black Britain On Screen' was inspired by BCA's photographic exhibition partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum.
#BCAFilmFest hosted screenings and events in collaboration with Film4, the British Film Institute and The British Blacklist. THINK Cinematic presented a curatorial talk on 'Staying Power: A Matter Of Diversity' as part of the Independent Cinema Office Screening Day series.