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Staff Pick[Modern Cinema] Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood

July 12 - 29

| $5/$12
modern cinema summer 2018

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Works by Contemporary Directors Including Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, and Barry Jenkins to Screen Along with Films by Pioneers Such as Kathleen Collins, Spike Lee, and Melvin Van Peebles in Decades-Spanning Program Exploring African American Filmmakers in Hollywood

For the sixth season of Modern Cinema, SFMOMA and SFFILM present a decades-spanning program exploring African American filmmakers navigating inside the Hollywood machine and operating outside its boundaries. Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood features work from pioneers such as Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Bill Gunn, whose films of the 1970s were revolutionary and counter to prevailing ideas about Blackness, alongside the resistance-fueled Black independent film movement coming out of the LA Rebellion. Continuing into the 1980s, the series explores the relationship-driven films of Spike Lee and Kathleen Collins that shone a light on a variety of experiences in Black America and inspired a new wave of independent filmmaking. The big budget hits and independent classics of the 1990s paved the way for contemporary directors like Barry Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Coogler, whose films were met with wide acclaim in Hollywood and beyond, demonstrating a full spectrum of compelling stories directed by a growing list of African American filmmakers.

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Special Appearances

  • July 12 – Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) will introduce Body and Soul
  • July 13 - Ryanaustin Dennis, founding member of The Black Aesthetic in Oakland, will introduce Chameleon Street
  • July 15 – Director Theodore Witcher, will introduce his film Love Jones + Post-film Q&A with film director
  • July 19 – Drag performer and recording artist, Honey Mahogany, will introduce Mahogany
  • July 20 – Director Cheryl Dunye will introduce her film The Watermelon Woman + Post-film Q&A with film director
  • July 20 – Performer, writer, and musician Brontez Purnell will introduce House Party
  • July 21 – Director Leslie Harris, will introduce her film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. + Post-film Q&A with film director
  • July 21 - Director Michael Schultz will introduce his films Car Wash + Post-film Q&A with film director
  • July 22 – Director Michael Schultz will introduce his film Krush Groove  + Post-film Q&A with film director
  • July 26 – Filmmaker Pete Nicks will introduce Fruitvale Station
  • July 27 – Ryanaustin Dennis, founding member of The Black Aesthetic in Oakland, will introduce Ganja and Hess
  • Juky 29 – Cornelius Moore, co-director of the distribution and projection company California Newsreel, will introduce Love & Basketball

Modern Cinema, co-presented by SFMOMA and SFFILM, is an ongoing film series exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema’s past and present.

Films and schedules may be subject to change.

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Details

Start:
July 12, 2018
End:
July 29, 2018
Cost:
$5/$12
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Venue

SFMOMA (Phyllis Wattis Theater)
Phone:
(415) 357-4000
151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Organizer

SFFILM
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