Academy Award-Winning Director Barry Jenkins Brings James Baldwin's IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK To Baltimore
The Dare to Be King Project - an organization engaging boys and men of color for emotional development, familial reconciliation, and academic success - will host a community screening of If Beale Street Could Talk tonight in Baltimore, MD at the historic Senator Theatre. Following the film, Academy Award-winning director, Barry Jenkins will join author Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss If Beale Street Could Talk, the legacy of James Baldwin and the film's relevance today.
The novel "If Beale Street Could Talk" was published in 1974 and is the first English-language feature film adaptation of any James Baldwin novel. Following a world premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, the film made its US premiere at the World-Famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, just blocks away from where Mr. Baldwin grew up. Beale made its mid-Atlantic premiere as the closing night selection of the Smithsonian African American Film Festival in Washington, DC this past October.
Although written 45 years ago, the story continues to resonate deeply today as audiences have demonstrated as the film expands in theaters across North America. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.
This past weekend Regina King won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and has been recognized by the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association in the same category. Her performance has already garnered over 25 critics groups wins for Best Supporting Actress. If Beale Street Could Talk has been features in over 100 critics Top Ten Films of 2018 lists and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture Drama and for Best Adapted Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Writers Guild of America.
About Dare to Be King Project
The mission of the Dare to Be King Project, LLC (DTBK) is to inspire, support, and strengthen organizations that provide services to boys of color. Our goal is to engage boys and men of color for emotional development, familial reconciliation, and academic success.
DTBK is one of a few firms that solely provide life skills training, parental engagement strategies, and academic interventions for boys of color.