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Emmanuel Baptist Church Holds Service For Aaron Ingram

'New Voices In Black Cinema' founder died Monday.

Friends and relatives of Aaron Ingram, a pioneer and key backer of artists of color from Brooklyn and throughout the U.S., marked his passing at earlier today.

The service took place just blocks from , the site of arguably one of Ingram's greatest achievements, "," a rare and prominent showcase for African-American filmmakers that began as a small screening series at local bars.

"His support of the African-American creative process is legendary," Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Fort Greene, said in a statement shortly after Ingram's death on Monday. "A gentleman with a wonderful spirit, he kept on fighting the fight for artists of color, and today his vision is already a part of the future."

Beyond his "New Voices" series, Ingram's ActNow Foundation also produced New Voices in Theater and the ANF Short Film Collective.

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