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Jun 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Joebell and America

Co-presented by the Caribbean Film Academy

Free and open to the public!

Asha Lovelace’s film Joebell and America is based on the short story by her father, famed Caribbean novelist & playwright Earl Lovelace.  Joebell, a gambler, concocts a risky plan to escape Trinidad for the promise and fantasy of a better future in America. Prepared to leave everything behind, including his newfound romance with the village beauty, Joebell sets out for his final destination, with each step of his journey revealing truths about himself and illuminating the island he had always taken for granted. Based on the short story by Earl Lovelace.

Programmed by Curtis John


Joebell and America

83 min., 2006

83 min

Curtis Caesar John is an arts manager, arts advocate, and media producer operating out of Brooklyn, NYC with a specialty in discovering and bringing needed attention to the work of talented filmmakers and artists of color. He believes in cinema as one of the most powerful means of sharing life’s stories and furthering our understanding of one another, even within our own cultures.  Curtis is the Founder of The Luminal Theater, a microcinema soon to open in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn highlighting the work of African diaspora and independent filmmakers. Through his Luminal Theater offshoot, the Brooklyn Cinema Collective, Curtis co-founded and produces The Caribbean Film Series, a quarterly program in its third year at BAMcinèmatek in Brooklyn.

Curtis also serves as Film Editor for the culture website Bold As Love Magazine and served as a longtime contributor to Shadow And Act. His work has appeared in TheRoot.com, Film & Festivals Magazine, and African Voices. He is currently a producer on the documentary “BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema.”  Of Guyanese descent, Curtis is born & raised in Brooklyn, NY.


Jun 28, 2017
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


171 Brooklyn Ave

BROOKLYN, NY 11213 United States
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