SocietEye: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Screening at the Smithsonian

Regina King, KiKi Layne, Barry Jenkins, and Stephan JamesKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

The film based on James Baldwin's novel closed out the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival.

On Oct. 27th, Annapurna Pictures’ If Beale Street Could Talk closed out the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The film is based on James Baldwin’s celebrated novel of the same name.

Film director Barry Jenkins attended the screening with members of his stellar cast, film stars Regina King, KiKi Layne, and Stephan James.

Journalist Michele Norris moderated the Q&A with Jenkins and the cast following the screening.

Other notable attendees included journalist Roland Martin, activist DeRay McKesson, activist April Reign, writer Clint Smith, The Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk, and several members of Baldwin’s family.

If Beale Street Could Talk will hit theaters exclusively in New York City on Nov. 30th, and will expand to cinemas nationwide on Dec. 7th. It’s certainly a must-see.

Check out more images of Jenkins, King, Layne, and James below.

KiKi Layne, Barry Jenkins, and Stephan JamesKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

KiKi LayneKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

Stephan JamesKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

Stephan JamesKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

Regina KingKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

Stephan James, KiKi Layne, and Regina KingKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

Regina King and Barry JenkinsKris Connor/Annapurna Pictures

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