Curtis Caesar John
Film Exhibitor in Brooklyn, New York
Curtis Caesar John is an arts manager, advocate, and media producer operating out of Brooklyn, NYC with a specialty in discovering and bringing needed attention to the work of talented filmmakers and artists. He believes in cinema as one of the most powerful means of sharing life's stories and furthering our understanding of one another, even within our own cultures.
Curtis is the Founder and Exec. Director of The Luminal Theater, a microcinema soon to open in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn highlighting the work of African diaspora and independent filmmakers. He is also co-founder/producer of The Caribbean Film Series which takes place at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, where he also serves as a Programmer-at-Large.
His career in exhibition began as the co-founder, Producer and eventual Festival Director of ActNow Foundation’s New Voices in Black Cinema, which takes place annually at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, NY. At NVBC, Curtis brought audiences the NYC premieres of such films as Neil Drumming’s "Big Words" and Saul Williams & Alain Gomis’ "Tey," and the Brooklyn premieres of "The Central Park Five" and Ava DuVernay's "I Will Follow," among other highly notable screenings.
Curtis serves as Film Editor for the culture website Bold As Love Magazine and was a longtime contributor to Shadow And Act. His work has appeared in TheRoot.com, Film & Festivals Magazine, and African Voices. He also served as film programmer for the Project Catalyst multicultural cinema mobile app.
As a filmmaker, his work has been shown internationally at film festivals as well as on various internet channels. He is currently a producer on the documentary "BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema."
Of Guyanese descent, Curtis is born & raised in Brooklyn, NY, of course.