The first public screening of the documentary! My friend Morris Gardner and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History sponsored an impressive series of events entitled Alien Encounters: Speculative and Imaginative Fiction by Writers of Color. It was a great event and the first public screening of the documentary was the closing event. Despite the fact that the screening was held on the Sunday before labor day, it was standing room only! Aside from some technical challenges, the screening went well and there was a lively Q&A afterwards. Fortunately, my family was visiting from Memphis so all of my nephews and nieces were able to attend. Unfortunately, the documentary IMMEDIATELY put all of the kids to sleep. At least I know the film is good for something Many thanks to Morris Gardner and the Auburn Avenue Library for all that they do for the community.
Here’s the official announcement:
“The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with Written Magazine, Black Science Fiction Society, Hammonds House Museum and other community partners, will present a multi-genre event that will explore speculative and imaginative fiction in multiple formats, including literary works, comic books, graphic novels, anime and visual arts by African American writers and artists. The program will include a film screening, panel discussion, book-signings, feature speakers, workshops and displays.”
The AARL is a critically important cultural and academic institution. I was honored to have been included in this great event.