Black, Bold & Brilliant

The Black, Bold & Brilliant (BBB) series focuses on authentic and nuanced representation through film critique and discussions led by Black Utahns. BBB guides audiences through their reflections and responses on issues affecting the Black community by using cinema as a mirror to draw upon local voices, artists, experts, and partners. 

BBB events are programmed for the benefit of Black, Afro-Latino, Latino, Indigenous, LGBTQ, and allied communities in Utah; however, all are welcome to thoughtfully participate.

 
Meet the BBB Programming Team
Russell Roots, Program Manager
Russell is the Utah Film Center’s Community Outreach Manager. He also serves as Board Secretary for Amplify Utah, a non-profit journalistic incubator amplifying underrepresented voices in Utah. Russell has experience in music journalism and has also been a radio DJ. His focus is on the intersections of marginalized groups in cinema, media literacy, and the rise of white nationalism in the United States.
 
Aja Washington, Host and Lead Programmer
Aja Washington is a Black feminist social worker who grew up in Southern California. She has been a community co-host on KRCL’s RadioACTive and works on various activism projects in Salt Lake City. Aja holds a degree in Television, Film, and Media Studies focused on using media as a tool to liberate, explore, and critique our society.
 
Risshan Leak, Co-Host and Associate Programmer
Risshan is a Husband, Father, Friend, and Activist. What started as an opportunity to buck the system, turned into a healthy obsession with helping those around him, whether it was a kind word, a helping hand, or as an ally in the face of injustice. Risshan’s passion has taken him to all parts of the world, and most recently, it allowed him to become a part of KRCL’s RadioACTive team. If anyone wants to get in some “good trouble”, you have a friend in him.

Black, Bold & Brilliant is a safe space that allows us to explore, celebrate, and speak to our culture. This project allows us to lift up our joy and celebrate our stories through film.” –  community member

Upcoming Events

Black, Bold & Brilliant, Outdoor Screening

Friday, June 10 @ 7:30 PM

In Person | Tracy Aviary

Outdoor Afro– Utah Network is partnering with the Tracy Aviary and Utah Film Center’s Black Bold & Brilliant program to present the Wild & Scenic …

Black, Bold & Brilliant

Friday, June 10 @ 7:30 PM

Online | Virtual

Outdoor Afro– Utah Network is partnering with the Tracy Aviary and Utah Film Center’s Black Bold & Brilliant program to present the Wild & Scenic …

Black, Bold & Brilliant, Outdoor Screening

Friday, June 17 @ 8:00 PM

In Person | Liberty Park

When one thinks of South Los Angeles, what comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that …

Black, Bold & Brilliant, Outdoor Screening

Friday, July 15 @ 8:00 PM

In Person | Liberty Park

When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture–one …

Past Events

FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Limited Time Streaming
COMPENSATION
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Limited Time Streaming
BLACK, BOLD, & BRILLIANT: HEARTS AND MINDS EDITION
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Live Stream
Wild & Scenic Film Festival (CANCELLED)
Friday, October 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Tracy Aviary
Wild & Scenic Film Festival (CANCELLED)
Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Tracy Aviary
NATIONTIME
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Limited Time Streaming
AMAZING GRACE
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Limited Time Streaming
BLACK, BOLD, & BRILLIANT: Black Joy Edition
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Live Stream
BLACK FEMINIST
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Live Stream
BLACK, BOLD, & BRILLIANT: Blerd Edition
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Live Stream

Black, Bold & Brilliant is proudly presented by Utah Film Center with support from KRCL and the Salt Lake ACE Fund.