Illustration by Coral Díaz & Noelle Artigue

The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music

In the setting of the historic Carver Center in San Antonio, Texas, an aunt and her niece explore the history of African American music!

Aunt Cynthia, a music history buff, helps her niece Lauren learn about the music genres that were born and formed by African American history and culture. They cover a wide breadth, all the way from the times of slavery, to Negro Spirituals, Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, the Harlem Renaissance, Gospel, the Civil Rights movement, Soul and R&B, and Hip Hop. Cynthia works to inspire Lauren’s curiosity about these periods of history by continuously making it relevant to the music, and uses the layers of a quilt to explain how music of the past connects to the contemporary music that Lauren is most familiar with. By the end of the film, Lauren feels more empowered by the generational connections of music and culture she has learned.

This educational documentary for children and adults is produced by Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW), a performing arts nonprofit in San Antonio, TX.

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Upcoming screenings and events related the Quilt film can now be found on the MBAW event calendar.

Cast

Cynthia Freeman Gibbs

Cynthia Freeman Gibbs

Actress & Screenwriter

Lauren Anya Jwahir Hunter

Lauren Anya Jwahir Hunter

Actress

Tanesha Payne

Tanesha Payne

Dance

Veronica Williams

Veronica Williams

Mezzo-soprano

Michael Sumuel

Michael Sumuel

Bass-baritone

Marc "Mockingbird" Smith

Marc "Mockingbird" Smith

Voice & Guitar

Ron Wilkins

Ron Wilkins

Trombocalist (Trombone & Vocals)

Aaron Prado, DMA

Aaron Prado, DMA

Piano, Composer

Arlington Jones

Arlington Jones

Piano

Brandon Rivas

Brandon Rivas

Bass

Johnathan Alexander

Johnathan Alexander

Percussion

Beverly Houston & Breezin'

Beverly Houston & Breezin'

Vocals (with band)

Andrea Vocab Sanderson

Andrea Vocab Sanderson

Vocals, Poetry

Cynthia Freeman Gibbs

Cynthia Freeman Gibbs

Actress & Screenwriter

Lauren Anya Jwahir Hunter

Lauren Anya Jwahir Hunter

Actress

Tanesha Payne

Tanesha Payne

Dance

Veronica Williams

Veronica Williams

Mezzo-soprano

Michael Sumuel

Michael Sumuel

Bass-baritone

Marc "Mockingbird" Smith

Marc "Mockingbird" Smith

Voice & Guitar

Ron Wilkins

Ron Wilkins

Trombocalist (Trombone & Vocals)

Aaron Prado, DMA

Aaron Prado, DMA

Piano, Composer

Arlington Jones

Arlington Jones

Piano

Brandon Rivas

Brandon Rivas

Bass

Johnathan Alexander

Johnathan Alexander

Percussion

Beverly Houston & Breezin'

Beverly Houston & Breezin'

Vocals (with band)

Andrea Vocab Sanderson

Andrea Vocab Sanderson

Vocals, Poetry

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Past Events & Screenings
Event (with Link) Date Location
San Antonio Red Carpet Premiere (Free with Registration) Sun 23 July 2023, 2 – 4 PM Carver Community Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX
Let’s Quilt: Storytelling Through Traditions & Culture (Free) Sat 29 July 2023, 2 – 3 PM Forest Hills Library, San Antonio, TX
Let’s Quilt: Storytelling Through Traditions & Culture (Free) Wed 2 Aug 2023, 4 – 5 PM Carver Library, San Antonio, TX
Let’s Quilt: Storytelling Through Traditions & Culture (Free) Thurs 3 Aug 2023, 4 – 5 PM Tobin Library at Oakwell, San Antonio, TX
Screening – San Antonio Film Festival (Varied Pricing) Frid 4 Aug 2023, 7 – 8:30 PM Carlos Alvarez Theater, San Antonio, TX
Screening – Interactive Kids Screening with SA Public Library (Free with Registration) Sat 5 Aug 2023, 1:30 – 3:30 PM Central Library, San Antonio, TX
Screening – The Orlando Urban Film Festival (Varied Pricing) Thurs 31 Aug 2023, 2 – 4 PM CMX Cinemas Plaza Café 12, Orlando, FL
Screening – Urban Film Festival Exact Date TBD (2 – 3 Sep 2023) Miami, FL
Screening – Viva Texas Film Festival ($5/ticket) Sat 16 Sep 2023, 4:40 – 6 PM Downtown Victoria, TX
Screening – Lake Travis Film Festival (Varied Pricing) Sat 16 Sep 2023, 6 – 8 PM Star Hills Ranch, Bee Cave, TX
Screening – Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival  ($15) Sun 17 Sep 2023, 1:30 PM Atlas Shaker Square – Theater 4
Screening – Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival  ($5 Box Office Purchase Only) Mon 18 Sep 2023, 4:30 PM Atlas Shaker Square – Theater 3
Screening – San Antonio Black International Film Festival ($10/single pass) Sat 7 Oct 2023, 5:15 PM St. Phillips College, Watson Theater (Bldg. #1), San Antonio, TX
Streaming – Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (Free with 30-Day Trial) 9 – 22 Oct 2023 Online
Screening – Orlando Film Festival 28 Oct 2023, 5 PM EDT CMX Plaza Cinema Cafe, Theatre 12 – 155 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, US
Streaming – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 3 – 19 Nov 2023 Online
Free Screening – Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival 2 Nov 2023, 4:01 PM CT Will Rogers Theatre – 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017, US
Screening – St. Louis International Film Festival 9 – 19 Nov 2023) St. Louis, MO
Free Screening (with Signup) – Interactive Kids Screening with SA Public Library 17 Feb 2024, 1:30 PM CT Central Library, San Antonio, TX

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