From Groundbreaking Musical Geniuses to TV Actress Who Changed NASA, Movie-Goers Can Discover and Honor African American History Through Film
This February, Fathom Events will launch the company’s first Black History Month film series, Fathom Events Celebrates Black History Month, in cinemas across the U.S.
Movie-goers will have the opportunity to delve into the diverse lives, historic accomplishments and award-winning filmmaking of some of the most influential African American entertainers in modern history. The five-film series includes acclaimed feature films that highlight the lives, experiences and impact of American musical icons, a documentary that explores an entertainer’s groundbreaking work with NASA, and a faith-based drama about the importance of family and lifelong faith.
The lineup for the 2021 Fathom Events Celebrates Black History Month film series is:
- Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA
- Get on Up
- God’s Compass
- TCM Big Screen Classics: Boyz n the Hood 30th Anniversary
“Fathom specializes in curating and distributing a wide variety of content for all movie-goers. We are privileged to utilize our platform to honor Black History Month with films that bring important stories to the big screen,” said Ray Nutt, Chief Executive Officer, Fathom Events. “We hope this film series will reach new audiences who will learn about the amazing contributions of these entertainers and experience some great movies.”
Tickets for Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA, Ray and TCM Big Screen Classics: Boyz n the Hood 30th Anniversary are available now at www.FathomEvents.com/blackhistorymonth or at participating theater box offices. Visit the Fathom Events website to purchase tickets for all titles in the series which will become available closer to the event date. Please continue to check the Fathom Events website and sign up for alerts. (theaters and participants are subject to change)
Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA (2020)
DATE: Tues., Feb 2
CAST: Nichelle Nichols, Ashley Eckstein, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Dorn, George Takei and Pharrel Williams.
DIRECTED BY: Todd Thompson
In 1977, with just four months left, NASA was struggling to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, challenged them by asking the question, “Where are my people?” With NASA’s backing, she embarked on a national PR blitz, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space. This is her—and their—story.
ADDED VALUE: Following the feature presentation, fans will be treated to an exclusive behind the scenes documentary about the making of Woman in Motion, which includes additional interviews with Nichols and other notable guests from the documentary, deleted scenes and additional footage from the making of the film.
DATE: Tues., Feb 9 & Sat., Feb 13
CAST: Jamie Foxx, Regina King and Kerry Washington
DIRECTED BY: Taylor Hackford
SCREENPLAY: James L. White
Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (Dreamgirls) stars as the one-of-a-kind innovator of soul who overcame impossible odds to become a music legend. Ray is the triumphant and remarkable story of one of America’s true musical geniuses, Ray Charles. From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of American music charts, Ray’s inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit. “Ray is Electrifying” hails Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Witness the incredible true story of a musician who fought harder and went further than anyone could imagine.
Get on Up (2014)
DATE: Tues., Feb 23 & Sat., Feb 27
CAST: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, and Viola Davis
DIRECTED BY: Tate Taylor
SCREENPLAY: Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, Get On Up gives a fearless look inside the music, moves, and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as Brown, and is joined by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson, and Dan Aykroyd in the Tate Taylor directed drama.
God’s Compass (2016)
DATE: Thurs., Feb 25 & Fri., Feb 26
CAST: Karen Abercrombie, T.C. Stallings, Jazelle Foster and Joey Ibanez.
DIRECTED BY: Stephan Schultze
On the night Suzanne Waters celebrates her retirement, she is faced with a series of decisions that change her life forever. Trusting God’s direction, her truth becomes clear as she takes in a troubled teenager, Eli, and her family embarks on the journey of adoption, healing, and renewed faith.
2016 “Best Screenplay” winner – International Christian Film Festival.
ADDED VALUE: An exclusive introduction from beloved lead actress, Karen Abercrombie, as she revisits God’s Compass for its special return to the big screen.
TCM Big Screen Classics: Boyz n the Hood 30th Anniversary
DATE: Sun., Feb 28 & Wed., Mar 3
CAST: Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Morris Chestnut, and Larry Fishburne
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: John Singleton
Writer/director John Singleton’s acclaimed debut is a graphic and powerful look at life in South-Central Los Angeles as a trio of young men attempt through different means to escape the violence-filled life of the streets.
Singleton was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 64th Academy Awards®, making him the youngest person and the first African-American to be nominated for Best Director.
ADDED VALUE: This special 30th anniversary event includes exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.
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About Fathom Events:
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