New York, NY (July 17, 2010) – Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 actor Ephraim Benton and his “Chillin on da Corner & Beyond” screening series present award winning documentary “Malcolm’s Echo: the Legacy of Malcolm X” directed by Dami Akinnusi. “Malcolm’s Echo”, a festival favorite is a powerful and timely discussion on how Malcolm X's thoughts and philosophies are being used as a foundation to create a new vision. The film looks beyond the stereotypes of Malcolm X and attempts to understand the real message of his legacy echoed through those who knew him. The evening screenings will be held at the New Testament Church of God 904 Myrtle Ave @ Tompkins Ave in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Hosted by Ephraim Benton,Tuesday evening’s line up includes 4 short films, and a music video along with the featured documentary. “A Ticket for Hope” directed by Miles Maker “The View From Madison St”,“Books Not Bars”, “Tom Burrell's Resolution Project” and “The Light” complete the program along with words from directors Dami Akinnusi and Miles Maker.

As a co-founder and producer of CODC; Ephraim Benton says “Dami has created an amazing documentary that captures the reverberation of a great man whose message stands the test of time and is equally if not more powerful in today’s society”. Benton asserts “This film series will start conversations, open minds, inspire new film makers and bring out fellow supporters and role models within the community.” regarding the film choices and “Chillin on da Corner” as a whole. Ephraim Benton is himself a Bed-Stuy native and actor.

CODC has a goal of bringing quality independent film directly to the community. “Malcolm’s Echo: the Legacy of Malcolm X” and director Dami Akinnusi have several nods including LA Pan African Film Festival Audience Favorite Award, official selection at BET UrbanWorld Film Festival, a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Director at The Screen Nation Awards UK, and African Movie Academy Award 2009 (African Oscars) – Winner for Best Documentary. Miles Maker director of “A Ticket for Hope” also operates as producer for “Spare Change” which is premiering on July 28th at the 11th annual New York International Latino Film Festival (the trailer will be premiered at the Tuesday 7/20 screening). Benton himself featured in “Precious” and star of “Inside a Change” the 2009 NYILFF best film winner stands by this mission. Come sundown, rain or shine on Tuesday July 20th The New Testament Church of God in Bedford Stuyvesant becomes the backdrop for independent film and independent thinking.
A growing list of organizations like Black & Brown News, McCray Media , Brooklyn's Community Board # 3, 79th Precint Community Council, Rooftop Films and Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union champions the cause with their support of the screening series.

“Chillin on da Corner & Beyond” is an outdoor film screening series that showcases feature length, documentaries and short films in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn community. The goal is to empower this community to bridge the gap that divides socially & economically from other communities. CODC has made a commitment to showcase films that visually stimulate minds, inspire change within and transform the perceptions of the entire community. The mission is to go beyond merely showcasing films and to provide an overall experience in arts, culture, health, education, job training, self empowerment and other resources that deprive underprivileged communities.