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Get ready for a series that will provide an enthralling and immersive experience, showcasing a range of perspectives on what luxury means within the Black community. Through the lens of fashion, art, love, and history, viewers will be captivated by the exploration of this concept.

This series at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art aligns with the Black & Boujee exhibition, running from January 13 to February 20 at BIMA. See which films are showing listed below, and select that date when purchasing a ticket, or buy a Series Pass at a discount and see all 4 films! The Member Single Ticket is $10, Non-Member Single Ticket is $12, Member Series Pass is $40, and Non-Member Series Pass is $48.

February 13 THE PHOTOGRAPH - 2020 (106 minutes , Rated PG-13) Starring Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Chante Adams, Y’lan Noel When a famed photographer dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae hurt, angry, and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she is soon delving into her mother’s early life—an investigation which leads to an unexpected encounter with a rising journalist. “Written & directed by Stella Meghie, the film is a gentle and attentive inter-generational tale with a first-rate cast.” - The Associated Press

February 20 MAHOGANY - 1975 (109 minutes Rated PG) Starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins Directed by Berry Gordy An aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hope of becoming one of the world’s top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome, eventually causing her to choose between the man she loves or her new-found success. “MAHOGANY is a big, lush, messy soap opera . . . slick, wonderfully vapid studio confection that used to be fodder for Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

February 27 FRESH DRESSED - 2015 (82 minutes Not Rated) Written & directed by Sacha Jenkins Featuring Damon Dash, Nas, Pharrell Williams FRESH DRESSED chronicles the history of hip-hop and urban fashion, including its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of the 1970s in South Bronx, corporate America, and places in-between. Supported by rich archival materials and in-depth interviews with people crucial to the movement and to the evolution of a culture, this film recognizes and celebrates where style was born on the black and brown side of town.

March 5 EVE'S BAYOU - 1997 (108 minutes Rated R) Starring Samuel L Jackson, Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield Set in 1962 Louisiana, the Batiste Family is headed by charming doctor Louis Batiste. Though he is married to the beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive female patients. One night, one of his trysts is observed by his youngest daughter Eve, who cannot forget the incident. And it’s when she shares this secret that the lies start to roll. With critics declaring Most Promising Actress of young Jurnee Smollett and Roger Ebert proclaiming EVE’S BAYOU the best film of 1997, this was a most accomplished first feature for writer/director Kasi Lemmons.

March 12 DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST - 1991 (113 minutes Rated PG) Written & directed by Julie Dash Starring Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina, former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. “For all its allusions to slavery and hardship, the film is an extended, wildly lyrical meditation on the power of African cultural iconography and the spiritual resilience of the generations of women who have been its custodians.” - The New York Times

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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art inspires curiosity, wonder, and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region. The art museum exhibits, interprets, preserves, collects, and promotes works of proven cultural value as well as new works by emerging artists and craftspeople.

The art museum is open daily, year-round, from 10am-5pm, and admission is always free. BIMA is located in beautiful downtown Bainbridge Island, at the corner of Hwy 305 and Winslow Way, just steps away from the ferry terminal, and with easy access via public transportation or by car from the Kitsap Peninsula.

BIMA is supported through contributions by members and donors like you, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Laird Norton Wealth Management, Stoel Rives LLP, BIMA PRISM Fund for Cultural Programs & Celebrations.

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