“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