Toni Morrison once said, “I tell my students there is such a thing as ‘writer’s block,’ and they should respect it.” Well, we’ve respected our block and are returning this year with a welcome back function!
We invite our supporters and newcomers to our first Animate the Culture Screening, as an extension of our Cree Summer Chalk Walk! The featured documentary stars black and brown Pixar animators, Aphton Corbin and Louis Gonzales whose work can be seen in Toy Story 3, Soul, Osmosis Jones, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. “A Spark Story” follows the creative process of these two artists, directing their first short film from concept to execution. Make sure to stay after the screening for a mixer and kickback, celebrating D.O.P.E. Collective and inspirational arts contributors ― YOU!
This is a collaborative initiative with El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera which provides programming and supports Western New York in cultivating a future where our communities are stronger because of the presentation and support of diverse artists and cultures.
Twenty Something (2021)
Starring Kaylin Price, Ariana Brown, Aliyah Taylor, Janelle Lasalle, and Napoleon Highbrou, the film focuses on Gia who deals with the insecurities of being a 21-year-old by personifying her emotions in the form of three children in a trenchcoat.
Starring Wilma Bonet as the title character, the short focuses on Nona, a latina grandmother, who desires to watch her wrestling show, but is interrupted by an unexpected visit from her young granddaughter.