moonlight movies

Mt. Airy CDC and our collaborators ROOT Ritual Dance Movement and Outlaw Arts are hosting a single Moonlight Movie for the 2023 season, and it’s a special one: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). This Oscar-winning film, directed by Questlove, brings to light the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 and the musicians that made it a landmark event. Part music documentary, part historical record, the film uses never-before-seen footage to illuminate this epic event of Black history, culture and fashion that took place just 100 miles from Woodstock. Temple Health – Chestnut Hill Hospital is our generous sponsor for this free event.

With performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more, this film will have you singing and dancing in your seat!

The movie begins at sunset (it needs to be dark to see the screen!), so start time is approximately 8:30pm. We invite the community to join us at 7:30pm for musical performances and other activities before the show. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.

This is a family-friendly event open to everyone, but please note that the film is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for younger residents.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and let’s make a night of it in the park!

Pre-movie entertainment will include:

ROOT Conscious Dance CommunityROOT is a conscious movement dance experience. It is not a class, although learning may happen. The inspiration lies in earthy mysticism and the sacred ritual of the elements that sustain our life.

Rhythm in MotionThe Rhythm in Motion Dance Program at Settlement Music School is designed to include dance techniques from West-African, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Modern to introduce the moving body as a musical instrument. This program incorporates technique through rhythm, musicality, and choreography for children and adults of all ages and is under the director of Daniella Brown. Follow our journey over at 6128 Germantown Ave!

Saxophonist Karim Jones AliKarim Jones Ali started playing saxophone at 10 years old. He is a student scholar of the Marian Anderson Young Artist Jazz Saxophone program. He has performed in a variety of venues including the Clef Club, the African History & Cultural Museum, the Cecil B. Moore Cultural Center, the Kimmel Center, as well as churches and mosques. He enjoys listening to music and loves playing saxophone just for fun and to make himself and others happy.

Rhythmetrix – Rhythmetrix combines music with movement and mindfulness to rewire the brain and regulate the nervous system through unique modalities of group drumming. Michael Blount, lead facilitator, feels every beat that comes off a drum. Whether he’s on djembe, congas, dumbek, or the taiko, Michael knows how to keep a circle flowing and the rhythm going. With years of teaching a wide variety of children and adults with diverse ranges in age and backgrounds, Michael is a patient, fun, engaging facilitator who has a talent for understanding emotions and a great habit of leaving you with a smile.

Moonlight Movie 2023

  • Friday, July 28 [8:30pm]: Summer of Soul (2021) @ Lovett Park (6945 Germantown Ave)


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