The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announced that streaming giant Netflix will be a partner for the museum’s inaugural African American Film Festival, which is set to take place this October.
To kick off the festival, Netflix will screen the upcoming documentary Quincy, which will offer an intimate look into the life of music legend Quincy Jones.
“The museum is pleased to collaborate with Netflix in order to explore important moments in the history of America through the African American lens” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum.“We are pleased this original production by Netflix is a film that honors Quincy Jones whose creativity and commitment. The film, co-directed by Quincy Jones’ daughter and Angie Tribeca actress Rashida Jones, will show never-before-seen archival footage and interviews to viewers not-too-familiar with the life of one of the world’s most prolific musicians. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this month.
The aim of the Smithsonian African American Film Festival is to expand people’s understanding of African American cinema by devoting attention to works to explore the culture and its history in the past, present and the future. The film festival will take place on Oct. 24-27 and will screen films by both emerging and well-established filmmakers.
The four-day celebration will also include a juried film contest and screenings from the museum’s collection.