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Remix Remix: The Modern Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art

"Culture is for everybody.” —Spike Lee

Remix is a new year-round series examining the legacy of institutional racism and the modern black experience in film, media, and art. Join us for programs that will challenge perceptions, inspire dialogue, and celebrate the richness and breadth of cinema that is too often overlooked.

Curated by Gina Duncan, Jonathan Demme, and Fab 5 Freddy

Beyond the Lights
Beyond the Lights
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Beyond the Lights Tue. July 14 at 7:30 pm
"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had [in 2014] was catching Beyond the Lights in a suburban Southern California mall not long after it opened. It was the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, and the theater was half-full, mostly with women. After the credits rolled and the lights went up, I drifted past a small group of white women who were still sitting and talking about the movie, which centers on a black female pop star. Most seemed pretty high on it, which suggests that the movie could do better than it has, if it could find its audience...I’m not sure why Beyond the Lights hasn’t found its audience. I like to think it isn’t racism." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
"People ask me all the time if I feel discriminated against as a black female director and I actually don't. I get offered a ton of stuff. But I like to direct what I've written. I feel what's discriminated against are my choices, which is to focus on people of color as real people. Those are the films that rarely get made and those are the films that take a lot more fight." (filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Huffington Post)
Q&A filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood via Skype. Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include the HBO film Disappearing Acts and The Secret Live of Bees.
Gina Prince-Bythewood. 2014. 116 m. PG-13. USA. Relativity Media.
Official Website / Trailer | New York Times review
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners
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Free Angela & All Political Prisoners Wed. July 15 at 7:30 pm "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners may seem to take place in a distant past, but it resonates with improbable timeliness." (Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post)
A high stakes crime, political movement, and trial catapults a 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. The film received critical acclaim, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Excellence for Best Documentary.
Q&A filmmaker Shola Lynch. In 2013, Shola Lynch was named the Curator for Film, Moving Image and Recorded Sound at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. As a filmmaker and curator, Shola has become a highly respected public speaker, lecturer, and panelist on the subject of film and film history for universities, film festivals, and corporations. She is also working on a book based on her film Free Angela
Shola Lynch. 2013. 101 m. NR. France/USA.
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)


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