By Ricky Richardson

Contributing Writer

        (Los Angeles)- The Summer season is in full swing. Everyone can agree that the heat is on throughout the region. Hopefully, you are taking the precaution to stay cool by going to colling centers, the mall or using the cooling system provided by Mother Nature in parks, beaches, etc. 

        Another vibrant option for staying cool is Cinema Alfresco, Movies in the Park or Cinema After Dark. The Music Center is set to host an advance screening of a new AILEY Documentary on Jerry Moss Plaza illuminating the life and legacy of visionary artist Alvin Ailey.

        This is a great opportunity to see a wonderful film alfresco, in a relaxing atmosphere, with a beautiful Los Angeles sunset, framed artistically by the Downtown skyline at night.

        The Music Center and Center Dance Arts will honor the performing arts center’s long-standing partnership with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the revered dance company founded by Alvin Ailey, by hosting a free screening of the new AILEY film on Sunday, August 1, 2021, in advance of the films nationwide opening on August 6, 2021. A NEON release directed by Jamila Wignot and produced by Insignia Films. AILEY chronicles the life of artist, icon, and activist and was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The free event begins at 7:30pm with a pre-screening introduction of the film featuring Jamila Wignot and Los Angeles Times writer Makeda Easter, followed by the screening at 8:00pm. The pre-screening talk will give Angelenos, and dance fans a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which runs 82 minutes.

        Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. AILEY traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man who search for truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black experience with grace, strength and unparallel beauty. Director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an excusive visionary told through Ailey’s own words and features evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him.

        The film is directed by documentary filmmaker Jamila Wignot, based in New York. Her directing work includes two episodes of the Peabody, Emmy® and NAACP award-winning series The African-American: Many Rivers to Cross (PBS), hosted by Henry Louis Gates and chronicling the five hundred year history of African Americans; Town Hall (co-directed with Sierra Pettingill), a featured length co-production with ITVS following Tea Party Activists determined to unseat Barack Obama; and for PBS’s American Experience Series, the Peabody Award-winning Triangle Fire and Emmy®-nominated Walt Whitman.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Courtesy Photo)

7:30pm                Film Introduction with Jamila Wignot and Makeda Easter

8:00pm                Film Screening Begins

Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center

135 N. Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Tickets are free, but guest must register in advance at https://musiccenter.org/aileyfilm 

Attendance is limited to the first 400 registrants.

This is a free event open to all ages. No outside alcohol is permitted at the AILEY screening. For a list of prohibited items, please visit The Music Center website. Masks are recommended outdoors for those not fully vaccinated. Please visit https://musiccenter.org/safety for more information about The Music Center’s safety and security measures.

Please visit https://musiccenter.org/aileyfilm for more information.