“Move over, TriBeCa, Uptown is getting its own film festival.” – DNAinfo.com, February 4, 2015, Lindsay Armstrong
In March 2016, a few Inwood arts professionals had the good fortune to realize a sixteen-month-long collective vision to bring professional films to a neighborhood bereft of cinemas by producing the inaugural Inwood Film Festival. Over 600 people attended five sold-out screenings of twenty-four short films that were made in the Inwood community or by Inwood filmmakers.
Sparked by the enthusiasm for the film festival, Inwood Art Works was created by Aaron Simms and a collective of Inwood and Washington Heights residents. In line with the essence of the film festival, Inwood Art Works’ focus is to bring the community together by championing local artists and cultivating a diverse arts-going uptown audience. Their mission is to create and curate professional performing and visual arts in the under-served Inwood community and establish a dedicated cultural arts hub that fosters a vibrant multicultural community nourished by local connectivity and sustained by artistic equity.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Inwood Art Works
Audience member caught enjoying eating popcorn before a Film Festival screening (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of Inwood Art Works
A captive audience watches the first screening (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of Inwood Art Works
Good Shepherd School students engaged in talk-back with filmmakers (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of Inwood Art Works
Inwood filmmakers: Ingrid Price, Davis Hall, Memo, Nabil Vinas, Alfonso Rodriguez and guests enjoy the red carpet (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of Inwood Art Works
Filmmaker Mozel Miley-Bailey taking in the crowd before the screening of her film Buoyancy (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of Inwood Art Works