Time Travel and Social Justice Converge in “See You Yesterday” at The Caribbean Film Series, June 4th at BAM
Guyanese-American filmmaker Stefon Bristol’s feature film debut, produced by Spike Lee
“[A] compelling, gambit, weaving together disparate tones and genres, creating something that feels both fresh and familiar in the process,” Stephen Holden, The Guardian
Image Courtesy of Netflix
May 3, 2019/Brooklyn, NY – Filmgoers adore time travel movies. That desperate need to revisit the past, is something we all clamor for, despite the seemingly impossible nature of it all.
In “See You Yesterday,” first-generation Guyanese-American filmmaker Stefon Bristol, taps into these desires, with characters emboldened by the woes of the police killings of unarmed Black people. In the film, Brooklyn-based high schoolers and best friends C.J. (Eden Duncan Smith, “Annie,” Netflix’s “Master of None”) and Sebastian (Danté Crichlow) spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin (Brian “Stro” Bradley) is murdered after an encounter with the police, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a frantic bid to save Calvin.
Yet despite their attempts to change the past, even these young science prodigies find it difficult to upend the everlasting dangers of being Black in the United States of America.
Having made its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, “See You Yesterday” makes its Brooklyn premiere at The Caribbean Film Series. “As a filmmaker whose skills we’ve seen grow over the past few years, we’re especially proud to show Stefon Bristol’s film in our Series,” says Series co-founder Curtis Caesar John. “With Stefon being of Caribbean heritage and a Brooklynite, the film being shot in “Caribbean” and African-American Brooklyn – East Flatbush and Bedford-Stuyvesant – and with the Film Series being a local series at arguably the best cinema venue in Brooklyn, this is a fantastic homecoming for us all. This truly local and diaspora rich film is what we’re all about – bringing new voices to the masses.”
Heightened with a cameo by “Back to the Future” star Michael J. Fox as CJ’s science teacher, and featuring a rich performance by Eden Duncan-Smith, “See You Yesterday” is poised to take its place as a modern classic.
Co-presented by the Caribbean Film Academy, BAM Film, Third Horizon and The Luminal Theater, “See You Yesterday” screens at BAM Rose Cinemas on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm, and will be preceded by Jamaican filmmaker Nile Saluter’s, short film, “Fever Dream.” A post-screening Q&A with Stefon Bristol follows.
SEE YOU YESTERDAY
Directed by Stefon Bristol
Executive Producer: Spike Lee
USA | 2019 | 86 min
with Eden Duncan-Smith, Danté Crichlow, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brian “Stro” Bradley, Johnathan Nieves, Wavyy Jonez, Myra Lucretia Taylor, and Ron Bobb Semple
Back to the Future meets Groundhog Day meets Black Lives Matter, in this Brooklyn time travel adventure. After her older brother is wrongfully killed by the police, science prodigy CJ (Eden Duncan-Smith, “Annie,” Netflix’s “Master of None”) and her best friend Sebastian, develop a makeshift time machine, desperate to use their invention to go back in time and save him.
Directed by Nile Saulter
Jamaica | 2017 | 13 min
with Jeff Crossley, Ashlie Barrett, Michael Morrison, Winston Barrett, O’Daine Clarke, Shawn Bryan, Dean Spencer, Brian Ray Moore, Paul Smith
Enry is a scrap metal collector leading a solitary existence on the edge of the sprawling Riverton City landfill. As he prepares to take advantage of a rare and promising opportunity, disaster strikes, forcing him to vacate the area. He’s meanwhile plagued by dreams of a beautiful life once lived, or yet to come. On the advice of a sinister friend, Enry travels out of town for a job which promises to provide a spark of hope. On this journey he finds something greater than he could ever imagine.
About The Caribbean Film Series
Celebrating its fifth year, the quarterly Caribbean Film Series provides an unparalleled platform to showcase films of the Caribbean and its diasporic experiences, in new and unconventional ways. The series is a partnership between the Caribbean Film Academy, The Luminal Theater, Third Horizon, and BAM.
About The Caribbean Film Academy
Established in 2012, CaFA, a NY not-for-profit, is dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora, through the exhibition, production, and distribution of Caribbean films.
About The Luminal Theater
The Luminal Theater is a nomadic cinema that provides fully-curated exhibitions of diverse cinema and media of the Black/African diaspora, allowing these artists to present their work within our unique brand of shared audience experiences, centered in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and surrounding communities.
In making these films and filmmakers accessible beyond film festivals and web-based/streaming services, and viewed in a collective environment – as cinema is best utilized as a shared audience experience – The Luminal serves Brooklyn’s diverse and growing population of filmmakers, film enthusiasts, multiple discipline artists and art-minded people which Bed-Stuy possesses and attracts in abundance.
About Third Horizon
For centuries, the Caribbean has been a place where people from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia have converged, and its stories are far richer and more nuanced than the tourist brochures would have you believe. As film production becomes less prohibitive and more democratic, a new generation of Caribbean filmmakers are seizing the moment to bring these stories to the screen. And with the current drive for diversity in film, the time has never been more ripe to share these stories with the world. The Third Horizon Film Festival aims to celebrate and empower the filmmakers leading this charge.
The Festival was founded by Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is staged in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy.
About BAM Film
Since 1998 BAM Rose Cinemas has been Brooklyn’s home for alternative, documentary, art-house, and independent films. Combining new releases with year-round repertory program, the four-screen venue hosts new and rarely seen contemporary films, classics, work by local artists, and festivals of films from around the world, often with special appearances by directors, actors, and other guests. BAM has hosted major retrospectives of filmmakers like Spike Lee, Chantal Akerman, John Carpenter, Manoel de Oliveira, Luis Buñuel, King Hu, and Vincente Minnelli (winning a National Film Critics’ Circle Award prize for the retrospective), and hosted the first US retrospectives of directors Arnaud Desplechin, Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, and Jiang Wen. Since 2009 the program has also produced BAMcinemaFest, New York’s home for American independent film, and has championed the work of filmmakers like Janicza Bravo, Andrew Dosunmu, Lena Dunham, and Alex Ross Perry. The 12-day festival of New York premieres, now in its 11th year, runs from June 12—23, 2019.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas, and BAMcafé are located in the Peter Jay Sharp building at 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St Felix Street and Ashland Place) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. BAM Harvey Theater is located two blocks from the main building at 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland and Rockwell Places). Both locations house Greenlight Bookstore at BAM kiosks. BAM Fisher, located at 321 Ashland Place, is the newest addition to the BAM campus and houses the Judith and Alan Fishman Space and Rita K. Hillman Studio. BAM Rose Cinemas is Brooklyn’s only movie house dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film and repertory programming. BAMcafé, operated by Great Performances, offers varied light fare and bar service prior to BAM Howard Gilman Opera House evening performances.
BAM Rose Cinemas is located in the Peter Jay Sharp building at (between St Felix Street and Ashland Place).
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