The Parrish Art Museum is partnering with Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center to present a 2-day outdoor Black Film Festival on August 14 and 21, featuring feature films, documentaries, and shorts inspired by the current epic global movement to elevate black lives and eliminate racism.

The films, selected by a committee made up of both organizations, speak to systemic inequality but also personal stories of hope, and connect historical civil rights movements to today’s events that sparked protests throughout the country and globally.

“The Festival is an opportunity to shed light on different cultures and their life experiences. The only way that we are going to come together is to learn more about each other and to spend time with each other,” says Bonnie Michelle Cannon, Executive Director, Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center. “I am excited about the expanded partnership between The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center and The Parrish. I look forward to us working together in the future. Please come out and support this event; I promise you it will be enlightening, thought-provoking, life changing, and just a great time for all.” 

Entrance opens at 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Films will begin after dark, at approximately 8:30 pm. Cost is $10 for Friends of BHCCRC and Parrish Members | $20 for Nonmembers | Free for Students and Children

Tickets are available online at The Parrish Art Museum.

August 14 Films:
’63 Boycott
2017, Documentary, 30 minutes
Director: Gordon Quinn

On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools. Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants’ reflections today, ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

I Am Not Your Negro
2016, Documentary, 93 minutes
Director: Raoul Peck

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is an examination of racism in America through the lens of James Baldwin’s unfinished book, REMEMBER THIS HOUSE. Intended as an account of the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., each of whom James Baldwin personally knew, only a 30-page manuscript of the book was ever completed. Combining Baldwin’s manuscript with footage of depictions of African-Americans throughout American history, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO uses Baldwin’s words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the efforts to curtail it, from the civil rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

August 21 Films:
2018, NR, 6 minutes, 20 seconds
Director: Xavier Burgin

other is a short film about a black woman who struggles with her feelings as she navigates white spaces in the aftermath of the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a black woman, mother, and wife, she must face unconcerned neighbors, unaware colleagues, and clueless strangers who make containing her hurt, rage, and sorrow almost unbearable. A chance meeting with a barista offers her only respite.

The Hate U Give
2018, PG-13, 132 minutes
Director: George Tillman Jr.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is required.

All tickets are sold pre-event and online only. No sales at the door. All sales are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable.

The event takes place outdoors on the museum’s terrace, with possible use of the event lawn in good weather. Please bring your own chairs, no museum seating is available.

You must wear a mask to access the event. The event is limited capacity with designated seating areas based on safe social distancing. Face coverings must be worn when in aisles or moving through spaces.

No outside food or drink is permitted. Individually packaged food and drinks will be available to pre-purchase through the cafe vendor, Elegant Affairs. 

Please follow the link to view the menu and purchase your food and drink by the end of the day on Thursday, 8/13 for the 8/14 films and Thursday, 8/20 for the 8/21 films:

Restrooms will be open during the event. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available. The Parrish is being regularly disinfected for the safety of our staff and visitors.

No pets are allowed on the museum grounds or in the galleries.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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