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HPAC is pleased to present Afrofuturism Celebration

HPAC is pleased to present Afrofuturism Celebration

August 1-31 | Gallery222
The First Annual Afrofuturism Celebration at The Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre is a month-long
event centered around the images and imaginings of an Afro-centricly bright future. This celebration
includes a month-long gallery exhibition at Gallery222 featuring Afrofuturist Tim Fielder, book signing,
workshop and a film screening, intending to bring awareness of this genre, described by Ytasha
Womack as “an intersection of imagination, technology, the future and liberation”.

When: August 1-31
Where: Gallery222. 222 Main Street Directly Across the Street from the Hurleyville Performing Arts
Centre and Tango Cafe. Parking is Available In 2 large Municipal Lots On Main Street and Railroad

Afrofuturism Celebration Events:
● August 13 | Gallery Reception| 4-7 pm, Gallery222
● August 12-14 Film: Neptune Frost | HPAC Cinema | Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm | $12
● August 13, 12 pm, How to Draw Black Superheroes & Comics with Tim Fielder. Gallery222 Free -

Suggested Donations

Press inquiries Contact: Erin Dudley, Executive Director, Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre | (646) 263-9055
Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre | 219 Main Street Hurleyville NY | (845) 985-4722

How to Draw Black Superheroes & Comics with Tim Fielder.
Comic/Superhero Art Workshop Saturday August 13, 12:00-3:00 Join Tim Fielder (Infinitum, Matty’s Rocket Book One - DieselFunk Studios) for a master class on drawing comics and characters. This program is open to all ages, but it is especially geared towards young people ages 13 and up. Free if Need Be or Support this work with $25.00 Donation. Register here.

About Time Fielder
Tim Fielder is an Illustrator, concept designer, cartoonist, and animator born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He has a lifelong love of Visual Afrofutuism, Pulp entertainment, and action films. Tim has worked over the years in the storyboarding, film visual development, gaming, comics, and animation industries for clients as varied as Marvel Comics (‘Dr Dre: Man With A Cold Cold Heart’), The Village Voice, Tri-Star Pictures (‘The Mothership Connection’), to Ubisoft Entertainment (‘Batman: Vengeance). He is known for his graphic novels Matty’s Rocket, INFINITUM, Black Metropolis and High John Conqueror from his company Dieselfunk Studios. He has also worked as an educator for institutions such as New York University, The School of Visual Arts, New York Film Academy and Howard University in the areas of digital animation, concept design, and illustration. Tim has also been an independent animator on his work-in-progress animated film, ‘Harbinger’.

About the Film Neptune Frost
Made in Rwanda. Directed by Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams. With Cheryl Isheja, Bertrand Ninteretse, Eliane Umuhire, Elvis Ngabo.

Neptune is an intersex hacker exploring and disrupting binaries. They arrive in that other dimension, a village fed by a mysterious power source, to find Matalusa. There they discover a band of rebellious Black folks, such as Memory (Eliane Umuhire), Psychology (Trésor Niyongabo), and so forth who want to transform the world away from domineering colonialist powers, away from a totalitarian government known as the Authority, and out from one age into another.

"Neptune Frost" demands your attention. Uzeyman’s luminous cinematography caresses black skin under blue and purple lights, allowing this talented group of actors to play to every corner of their innate beauty. The ingenious costumes by Cedric Mizero—a collection of wires, knobs, and hard drives—range from motherboard chic to a lightweight yet richly colored fabric that is elegant. The musical numbers, fusions of singer-songwriter Williams’ Afropunk style with atmospheric drones owing to Sun Ra, spring from the group so organically you immediately become fluent in their dynamic rhythms, moods, and tones. While the artistry does dazzle, you never forget that “Neptune Frost” is a movie dedicated to the cause of liberation: a liberation of stolen resources and Black folks, and a freedom of the body. I found myself enraptured by the scenes of community building, of Africans bound together by a love for each other and a hope for the future moving toward revolutionary ends.

- Robert Daniels 


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