Black Film: Then and Now

Black Film: Then & Now will be a continuing series of free events centered on displaying the evolution of how Black people have been depicted throughout the history of cinema, while also seeking to boost the voices of Black Lehigh Valley-based artists of all disciplines. The film screenings will feature performances and/or discussions apropos to the film being presented with Black voices always front and center. In addition to the screenings, we aim to have our curator available to teach free workshops on basic film production to the Black youth of the region. This series is supported by the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program.



Vernard James is a filmmaker from Allentown. He is a DeSales University alum with a BA in Television and Film. His film “Five Stars” won Best in Show and won Best Director at the 2020 Greater Lehigh Valley Film Festival. In his spare time he enjoys making films with a group composed of his graduating class.



Amira Jackson is a Pittsburgh native studying Theatre and Film at Muhlenberg College. She has always been interested in sharing and portraying stories about the African American experience! She has made 5 films that show the positives and hardships of what being African American is like in fictional worlds, but also reality. She has had the honor of studying abroad in the Czech Republic to have a better understanding of film in a global perspective and she is excited to be back in the states working on the Black Film Series Then and Now:2023! She hopes that this series will influence meaningful and creative conversations.