To Be Free, a short film about Nina Simone, directed by Pariah actor Adepero Oduye, will be premiering at the 2018 BAMcinemaFest on June 30 at 2pm. To Be Free was shot by the brilliant cinematographer Bradford Young (Selma), and will be screened alongside a diverse offering of indie films of every genre, exploring various lifestyles, perspectives and narrative situations.

The film’s official description states “Nina Simone takes the stage for a defiant, soul-stirring performance.”  The short teaser on social media depicts a dark, smoky club, where everyone appears to be waiting for Ms. Simone to take the microphone. As drums beat rhythmically in the background, a silhouette emerges in the dimly lit room; the audience erupts in applause as she moves slowly toward the stage…

That teaser is just a taste of what Oduye has to offer. Stop by BamcinemaFest to take a look at what is sure to be unforgettable performance.

There are also a number of other outstanding Black films being screened for the event. Other features in the short film lineup include works by Stefani Saintonge (Seventh Grade – 2014) and Mariama Diallo’s Hair Wolf.

The features include Director Quasim Basir’s unique take on Election Night 2016, the New York premiere of musician-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley’s zany Sorry to Bother You, starring Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok).  Also featured is the Regina Hall film Support the Girls.