Netflix Partners with Smithsonian African American Film Festival

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Recently, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announced its partnership with Netflix in preparation for its inaugural film festival this October. As part of the partnership, Netflix will also screen its upcoming documentary Quincy at the fest.

Quincy is a documentary on music icon Quincy Jones, directed by Jones’ daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“The museum is pleased to collaborate with Netflix in order to explore important moments in the history of America through the African American lens,” said founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III. “We are pleased the first production of Netflix is a film that honours Quincy Jones, whose creativity and commitment to racial justice is an example of the best of America.”

The biannual festival, which will take place from October 24 to 27, 2018, will include works from both veteran and new filmmakers, alongside historic films that celebrate African American life. The festival will also feature a film competition, movie screenings from the museum’s own collection, and other national film premieres.

Quincy follows the life of famed musician Quincy Jones, using modern-day and archival footage to showcase his musical evolution. The documentary debuted on September 21 on Netflix.


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