NEXT Atlanta Premieres ‘The Next Movement’ Concert Film With MARTA And WABE
The film seeks to highlight renowned artists in the Atlanta art scenes to spark thought-provoking discussion.
NEXT Atlanta is unveiling “The NEXT Movement: Season 1,” the first rendition of its concert film series. Debuting this November, the innovative project, sponsored by MARTA and WABE, will showcase renowned talent as part of the Atlanta arts scene.
Curated by P. Faith Carmichael, creatives that will be featured in the film include five artists in the visual arts, prose, and performance sectors. Visual artist Melissa A. Mitchell, Atlanta’s poet griot Jon Goode, cellist Okorie ‘OkCello’ Johnson, HBO Def Jam poet Carlos Andres Gomez, and acclaimed musician CC Sunchild are the accomplished creators whose work will be highlighted through this platform.
According to NEXT Atlanta’s website, the concert’s mission of “amplifying the voices of Atlanta’s leading arts activists” will introduce attendees to the heartfelt conversation needed to “address our community’s post-pandemic dreams and challenges.” As for MARTA’s inclusive impact of “harnessing the connective power of mass transit,” its partnership with the film is fueled by its public art program, Artbound. The show will build a bridge with “interactive dialogue” between infrastructure and artistry to spark discussion, all part of the collaborative arts and social action campaign.
The premiere will be on a reimagined MARTA railcar, as attendees can immerse themselves in the unorthodox space. Viewers will be taken on a journey through the various art forms, as it evokes the power of creativity to engage with one’s community on a deeper level.
The groundbreaking event will be held at Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The first viewing will be followed by live performances and a discussion panel conducted by the starring artists, filmmakers, and local leaders.
Tickets to “The NEXT Movement” screening are free, but reservations are limited. For those wishing to view it at home, the television premiere on WABE and PBS Passport will be released later in the month.