As we approach the one-year anniversary of the untimely passing of Prince, many are looking for ways to honor his impact on our world. While commemorative concerts, documentaries, and vigils are in the works, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is partnering with local libraries to celebrate the cinematic legacy of the iconic musician.
According to a press release from AAFCA, the organization will join forces with some of the nation’s leading libraries to present a series of special screenings and panel discussions that will showcase Prince’s career in film.
Beginning April 21st at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City and the Blair-Caldwell Library in Denver, AAFCA’s “Celebration of Prince in Cinema” will take place over two weekends at institutions around the country. The weekend of April 28th, screenings will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta and the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale.
Though most will certainly focus on the artist’s musical legacy, AAFCA president, Gil Robertson, said it’s important to remember his impact on film as well.
“Prince was one of the few Black musicians who enjoyed success in cinema,” Robertson explained. “His aptitude as a visual artist was stunning and continues to be influential today. It is both a privilege and an honor to share his cinematic works with our community partners around the country.”