UNION COUNTY, NJ - When Kalani Mackson, 25, the oldest of the Mackson brothers, volunteered to videotape a community meeting at the Senior Citizens Center in Plainfield, naturally his little brother Isaiah tagged along. Little did either of them know that the production would be the first of many collaborations.
In the years that have followed, the siblings have worked on a number of films, TV shows, music videos and other projects, including the gritty drama, Heroin(e): A Short Film, that grabbed Best NJ Film at the Westfield International Film Festival 2018, and the Amazon cop drama, Bronx SIU, that was recently nominated for a daytime Emmy.
In addition to a whirlwind of film projects, the two have worked on Mad Liberation, an annual outdoor music festival held in the pine barrens of South Jersey, where Kalani served as founder and Director of Creative. Most recently the siblings have combined their creative juice as curators for The Arthouse Linden, a pop-up art and performance space located in downtown Linden.
On Saturday April 6, the Macksons will combine their passion for the cinematic arts and live events for one night. Dubbed Intermissions, the night will be dedicated to screenings of thought-provoking shorts, music videos, animation, abstracts and more. During scheduled breaks (aka Intermissions) between the screenings there will be live performances from singers, spoken word artists, vendors, print artists, food and infused concessions as well as a dj set from PayLes.
Aimed at creating a safe space where cinephiles, music lovers, artists and creatives can vibe and thrive, Intermissions will be a break from the mundane and promises to deliver a fresh experience for those looking for an out of the ordinary experience.
Intermissions runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, and costs $8; it takes place at 422 Wood Ave. Linden. Parking is located in the back and event organizers ask that patrons use the back door, although no one will be turned away.
The ArtHouse Linden is a pop-up community of artists, thinkers, creatives, dreamers and doers who believe in the power of creation, innovation and collaboration. The Macksons will host a final event on April 20 called OMS: Original Music Showcase to end their curatorship at the temporary collaborative space.
To see some of the work that is quickly making the brothers famous visit their website www.afrolombianfilms.com or follow them @afrolombian and @isaiahmackson on Instagram.