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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2023

Free “Conscious Cinema” Summer Film Series Lifts Up Historic Social Justice Lessons and Opportunities for Positive Change through Black-Centered Stories Told on the Screen

Long Beach Community is Invited to Participate in Movie Screenings and Intergenerational Dialogue across City to Deepen Understanding and Awareness around Civil Rights Issues from the Past to the Present

(Long Beach, CA —August 24, 2023) The “Conscious Cinema” initiative, a free, public Black-centered social justice film series and dialogue experience will travel across Long Beach starting this summer. Three film screenings, hosted in separate locations across the city, will include panel discussions to promote dialogue with a diverse, intergenerational audience around social justice issues through stories and lessons from the past, connecting them to movement building and community organizing happening today. Lead partners include Hannibal Media Group and Long Beach Forward.

WHAT: Three films will be shown as part of Conscious Cinema: Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, and The Big Payback. Film showings will be followed with panel discussions featuring local subject-matter experts who have lived experience with the civil rights movement and/or social justice advocacy and community organizing background. Film trailers can be watched at www.lbforward.org/consciouscinema

The first film in the series will be Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power, which will be shown on Thursday, August 31st. This is a film of first person accounts and searing archival footage that tells the story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers who fought not just for voting rights, but for Black Power in Lowndes County, Alabama.

WHEN / WHERE: The Summer 2023 Conscious Cinema series schedule includes:

  • Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power – Thursday 8/31, 5:30pm-8pm at Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 90807
  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 – Thursday 9/14, 5:30pm-8pm at Grey Long Beach, 237 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach 90802
  • The Big Payback – Saturday, 9/16, 2pm-4:30pm (after Black Agency’s Long Beach Black Worker Center Career Fair) at Martin Luther King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. Long Beach 90806

Street parking and/or paid garage parking is available. Carpooling and public transportation use is encouraged.

WHO: Conscious Cinema is intended for a diverse, intergenerational audience, and is recommended for audiences ages 16 and older, due to mature content (language and violence) recorded during the civil rights movement. Film screening locations are wheelchair accessible. Community groups are invited to sign up and bring audiences to the screenings.

Current partners include: Beach City Radio, Black Agency, Black Lives Matter, Councilmember Suely Saro – 6th District, Grey Long Beach, Hannibal Media Group, Long Beach Forward, Long Beach Philadelphian, and The SIX Long Beach.

WHY: Through the arts, using film as a tool for inspiration, attendees will be able to connect to one another as a diverse community, explore a greater understanding around social justice issues portrayed in the films and how they continue to exist today, and be introduced to ways they can take part in local social change opportunities. Each event will close with a discussion about how the film relates to community engagement and current challenges that Long Beach faces in the present day and time. 

HOW: To get tickets, people should RSVP at www.lbforward.org/consciouscinema, email hello@lbforward.org, or text/leave at message at 562-900-8683. While the event is free to the public, donations are welcomed to support the film series’ expenses incurred by Long Beach Forward, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations can be made online at www.lbforward.org/consciouscinema. To become a supporting partner, please contact Melissa Morgan at melissa@lbforward.org or 562-900-8683. 

About Long Beach Forward

Long Beach Forward is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds community knowledge, leadership, and power with low-income communities of color to drive social change and advance the vision that Long Beach is a place where race and income do not determine one’s future, and everyone is safe, connected, and healthy. Established in 2010, Long Beach Forward has been rooted in the community since its beginning, serving as the hub organization for Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach over a decade ago. Today, Long Beach Forward collaborates with multiple community partners to provide leadership development, strategy, communications, and convening support for justice-driven coalitions, collaborative groups, and campaigns. www.lbforward.org

About Hannibal Media Group

The Hannibal Media Group strives to be a leader in digital media communications and Lifestyle Marketing. As such, we develop, create and promote a variety of digital media properties which are broadcast across tablets, mobile, streaming and podcast platforms, mobile apps and desktop computers. Our core programming target is the individual who enjoys the urban cultural lifestyle from a decidedly global perspective.Our well documented expertise with music, arts, and events management provides a powerful foundation to provide brand marketing solutions by integrating intimately into the lifestyle of the target consumer. With our global outreach, we are dedicated to building a transatlantic bridge of music, arts and culture with the African Continent and the west. A legacy of broadcast programming, marketing, advertising sales and promotions along with major events management anchors our reliability and experience. Our track record provides exceptional discernment for new music trends and arts productions. Specialties include: Radio Broadcasting, Marketing Strategy Development, Project Management, Event Management, Event Production, Digital Video Editing, Social Networking Strategy, and Script Writing. hannibalmediagroup.com 

Web Site: www.lbforward.org/consciouscinema  

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @movelbforward | #ConsciousCinemaLB

Media Contact:

Melissa Morgan, Communications Director, Long Beach Forward, 515-999-6356, melissa@lbforward.org

Greg Johnson, Hannibal Media Group, 323-641-8537, gregj@hannibalmediagroup.com 

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