Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.
The Independent Picture House is opened June 24th and will be Charlotte, NC only arthouse dedicated to screening independent film. The community cinema is operated by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Charlotte Film Society. The film society has a rich history of screening foreign, independent, and classic films for over 40 years that would not otherwise screen in the Charlotte metro area. Our non-profit also manages the Charlotte Film Festival, Charlotte's premiere annual film festival, which just completed it's 13th edition in October 2021. We can't wait to make IPH the home of the Charlotte Film Festival in fall 2022.