The Cabot To Host Amplifying Voices: A Celebration of Diversity in Film

Jan 26, 2023Arts & Culture, News & Announcements, Press Release

A two-day film event celebrating diverse voices and stories, Feb. 3-4 – Beverly, MA. 

(Beverly, MA – January 21, 2023) The Cabot is pleased to announce, in partnership with North Shore Juneteenth AssociationMontserrat College of ArtSalem State University, City of Beverly, and Endicott College, an exciting new film event entitled “Amplifying Voices: A Celebration of Diversity in Film,” that will be held at the theater on February 3-4.

This two-day film event aims to spark new ways of thinking, prompt conversations, and create empathy and understanding as the audience undergoes, through cinematic storytelling, an experience outside of their own.

With films curated by Cinefest Latino Boston and The Roxbury International Film Festival, the film event seeks to build an understanding for audiences on the North Shore of Boston through the theme of “lived experiences” as told by filmmakers of diverse backgrounds. The festival will feature an opening reception followed by a feature film screening and Q&A. The second day will feature a themed program of short films, followed by a second feature film screening, with a Q&A and closing reception. Lisa Simmons, Director of the Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) and The Color of Film Collaborative (TOCF), will serve as moderator on Friday; Sabrina Avilés, founder of CineFest Latino Boston, will moderate on Saturday.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring a new annual tradition to Beverly,” said J. Casey Soward, Executive Director of The Cabot. “This film festival will bring new perspectives to our community and will hopefully spur important conversations about understanding, all surrounded by our common love of film. We also could not be more grateful to our partners who helped bring this event to life, who are committed to helping enrich the arts scene on the North Shore.”

The event is sponsored by Essex County Community FoundationCell Signaling Technology, and Endicott College.

$5 discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, and EBT Card to Culture cardholders. For more information, including tickets and schedule, please visit:

The event schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 3 at 7PM: Feature Film and Opening Reception

The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show 

Documentary, directed by Yoruba Richen, USA

“The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show” tells this story through contemporary interviews with Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove and many others. The interviews with Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy are among their last television appearances before both were assassinated.

Saturday, February 4 at 4PM: Shorts Series: A Slice of History – Q&A with Jenny Alexander to follow

Strike For Freedom: Frederick Douglass in Scotland 

Directed by Parisa Urquhart, Scotland

Frederick Douglass, a world-renowned author, orator and activist had a major impact on Scotland. His lifelong mission was to ‘tell the story of the slave’ and when he fled to the UK after exposing his slaveholders’ name and deeds, he fell in love with Scotland and the Scots fell in love with him.

When I Get Grown: Reflections of a Freedom Rider 

Directed by Chris Preitauer, USA

Trauma experienced by a seven-year-old sets him on a course to become a civil rights legend and change the course of a nation.

A Call to Action: the Freedom Budget of 1966 

Directed by Jenny Alexander, USA

“A Call to Action: The Freedom Budget of 1966” tells the story of a little-known grassroots push for guaranteed income during the civil rights movement.

The Significance of Sidney: A Black Film Mini Lecture 

Directed by Mike Dennis, USA

Film historian Charles Woods shares his insights on the career of pioneering actor Sidney Poitier.

Saturday, February 4 at 7PM: Feature Film and Closing Reception – Q&A with Omar Sosa to follow

Omar Sosa’s: 88 Well-Tuned Drums

Documentary, directed by Soren Sorenson, USA

“Omar Sosa’s 88 Well-Tuned Drums” is a feature-length documentary film on the life and music of Cuba-born pianist and composer, Omar Sosa (b. 1965).


About The Cabot 

For a century, The Cabot in Beverly has been a local treasure, a dream palace at the heart of the downtown, and a welcoming gathering place for generations of North Shore residents. Originally known as The Ware, this opulent, neoclassical-style theater was built in 1920 by the renowned architectural firm Funk & Wilcox. Originally used for vaudeville shows and silent movies, it was later owned by the movie chain E.M. Loews. In 1976, The Cabot was purchased by Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, and for the next 36 years was home to this world-famous magic show. The Cabot is now being transformed into a 21st century venue for audiences of all ages, with nationally recognized live performers, current and classic movies and community events. Since its reopening in November 2014, The Cabot is once again a vital part of the North Shore’s artistic life. The Cabot celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020. Visit