Mead Film Festival: Thursday

Thursday, May 9, 2024

This four-day celebration takes place from Thursday, May 9–Sunday, May 12, and will present storytelling, documentary films, and live performances from diverse voices near and far.

Welcome Performance: Soundtrack ’63

7 pm | LeFrak Theater

17 people on a stage, playing various instruments, below a screen with an image of two raised fists and text "Black Power Olympic Protest, 1968."
Soundtrack '63

Soundtrack ’63 is a live music and multimedia retrospective of the Black experience in the United States. It is an artistic survey of the past that gives context to the present and asks important questions about the future. The full sensory experience is a journey from the African continent through milestone events in African-American history. Immersive video of archival footage and animation accompany a sequential soundtrack of spirituals, protest songs, hip-hop, and other popular music performed by a dynamic ensemble and vocal chamber. 

Following the performance, there will be a complimentary welcome toast for ages 21+.

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ICE COLD: The Untold Story of Hip Hop Jewelry

All Day | Griffin Exploration Atrium, Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation

Two clasped hands covered in bling—a large ring on each hand and multiple, shining bracelets and watches on the wrists.

This four-part documentary series serves as an exploration of one of rap music’s most elaborate forms of personal expression—jewelry. ICE COLD delves deeply into the cultural significance and craftsmanship behind hip hop jewelry, exploring its evolution from a symbol of status to a form of self-expression. In celebration of the Museum’s opening of Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry in the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery within the Museum’s new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, this documentary will be on view throughout the entirety of the Mead Festival.  

Please note: This film contains adult language that may not be suitable for children. Free with Museum admission.

Courtesy of Polygram Entertainment

Generous support for the Margaret Mead Film Festival has been provided by The Mead Trust.

A portion of the Margaret Mead Film Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Additional support for the Margaret Mead Film Festival is provided by National Geographic Documentary Films.