Mission-driven Community-based programming
Yearlong, O Cinema's is dedicated to showing a balanced and varied slate of films from the perspective of Miami's diverse community. These include African American, LGBT, Jewish, and Latino or Spanish Language. Other areas include Video Art, Retrospectives, Operas, Ballets, & Special Presentations.
AWAKE & AWARE
Awake & Aware, is O Cinema’s conscious cinema program that presents opportunities to see and understand the relations between things, people, and processes. Our program uses cinema to explore our search for meaning.
Awake & Aware will present films whose topics range from spirituality, health, creativity, environmental sustainability, philosophy, and sciences. These events include the ability to engage in discourse on the topic at hand, meet the filmmakers, subjects or practitioners and when possible engage in interactive experiences as they relate to the film.
Art @ O Cinema
O Cinema is more than just a neighborhood art house theater, it is a center for the appreciation of the visual arts. Our lobby gallery at O cinema Wynwood features artwork by a rotating mix of South Florida based artist-in-residence. Art exhibitions at O Cinema Miami Beach are in partnership with Miami Dade Public Library and feature work from the library's collection. Additionally, we partner with ArtCenter South Florida for a monthly brunch that includes, a film for or about an artist and a post-screening art talk with the filmmaker, subject or expert.
CLIMATE CHANGE CINEMA
Climate Change Cinema explores pairings of current, classic, and cult films with lively introductions and conversations by notable figures from the world of science and technology around the topics of climate change and sea level rise. As our community is situated between the Everglades and the Atlantic, we seek to illuminate and explore scientific issues related to our environment that have a tangible impact on our lives.
LIFT EVERY VOICE
Lift Every Voice is a curated series of films and events that reflect O Cinema’s mission to provide culturally relevant programming, a majority-minority city where 70% of the population is considered Hispanic and 18.5% are of African descent. More broadly, Lift Every Voice fulfills a need within the mainstream film industry to represent cultural diversity. Presentations align with South Florida’s diasporic cultural heritage and are co-organized with community partners including Jason Fitzroy Jeffers (Third Horizon), Rachelle Salnava (Ayiti Image), and Neil de la Flor (Reading Queer).
Programming addresses five unique cultural sectors of the Miami community: African American, Ibero-American, LGBTQ, Ayiti (Haiti), and the Caribbean. “Contemporary African American Cinema” highlights films that contextualize the experience of Black Americans, both regionally and nationally. Highlights from 2017 include the SoFla premiere of Moonlight with Academy-Award winning local, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and several post-film discussions; the exclusive Miami art house engagement of I am Not Your Negro; a screening of Whose Streets followed by a discussion with local leaders on how to move from outrage to activism; Nas: Time is Illmatic followed by a conversation with photographer Lisa Leone who documented New York’s hip-hop scene of the 1980's and 90's, and Dear White People followed by a conversation with filmmaker Justin Simien about his experience as an African-American filmmaker