American Film Institute And Universal Pictures Extend Partnership To Bring Week-Long ‘Black Stories Matter’ Series

The American Film Institute and Universal Pictures have extended their partnership to bring a “Black Stories Matter” week-long AFI Movie Club event, “spotlighting diverse and unique narratives from celebrated Black films,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The event comes on the heels of a recent collaboration between AFI and Universal honoring Spike Lee and his classic film Do The Right Thing. The event will spotlight Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman, Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, and F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton. Aside from the movies, there will be interviews with people who have worked on the films, a conversation between film critic Shawn Edwards and filmmakers and other talents from the respective films, and other content.

The movies will be featured for free starting today, August 24, and run through August 30. They will be available on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, FandangoNOW, Redbox, Verizon, Vadu, and other service providers.

“For decades, Universal has supported thought-provoking stories and powerful perspectives that have served to enlighten, enrich and entertain,” said the chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and AFI trustee, Donna Langley. “Through this partnership with AFI, we are proud to further shine a light on these distinctly important works that continue to so poignantly amplify today’s conversation.”

AFI Movie Club announced a classic film day during the coronavirus pandemic filled with special guests in an effort to connect audiences with “movies to watch together when we’re apart” that launched back on March 31.

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