Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Partners With Hip Hop Film Festival’s CR Capers to Present a Curated Series of Culturally Significant Films
NEW YORK / AUSTIN — February 28, 2021 — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announces a new long-term partnership with the Harlem Film House’s Hip Hop Film Festival by introducing “The Vanguard Collection.” Now available on Alamo on Demand, the series includes important and influential films about the Black experience and will also feature exclusive content and perspectives from voices of the Hip Hop culture.
Launched February 28, the last day of Black History Month and the beginning of Women’s History Month, this is the first time a collection of this nature is helmed by a woman of color in partnership with a major theatrical distributor.
Curated by Harlem Film House Founder CR Capers, the series was created in response to the lack of diversity featured in prominent film collections. Unlike many other lists, “The Vanguard Collection” highlights the African American movie experience and how it has shaped culture, norms and stereotypes.
Initial films include “Bustin’ Loose,” “Do The Right Thing,” “Get Out,” “Straight Outta Compton” and others. View the full collection on Alamo on Demand and read more about the films and why they were selected in a Medium article by Capers.
“Our partnership with Alamo means the world to me and is a huge step forward for the Black community,” said Capers. “The people at Alamo are showing up and speaking out, unlike other leading distributors who are afraid of or reluctant to show any real support.”
About the Hip Hop Film Festival
Out of over 5,000 festivals in the world, the Hip-Hop Film Festival is the only one to focus on writers, directors and producers who grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop. The festival hosts over 200 filmmakers from the United States, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, India, Japan, Portugal, Argentina and more. The Hip Hop Film Festival features stories from a variety of genres, including mystery, sci-fi, horror, action and romance. It is also the only film festival that shares profits directly with participating filmmakers. HipHopFilmFestival.org
About Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House, a 501(c) 3) corporation, produces film and music festivals, operates year-round workshops, theatre productions and live events, while also offering business consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities around the world. The Harlem Film House creates an economic ecosystem by providing filmmakers services and resources to ensure longevity in careers in film, theatre and related entrepreneurial pursuits. More info at HarlemHouseFilm.org.
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was founded in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin, TX. Twenty-three years later, with 41 locations and counting, Alamo Drafthouse has been called “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. Alamo Drafthouse has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star-studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse created Fantastic Fest, a world-renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers, and major Hollywood studios. Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. Alamo Drafthouse continues to expand its brand in new and exciting ways, including the American Genre Film Archive, a non-profit film archive dedicated to preserving, restoring and sharing film, and Alamo On Demand, a new VOD platform boasting a growing and carefully curated library of entertainment for rental or purchase.