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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 1 Day Only, Live Stream  

 

BLACK LIFE MATTERS

68 min compilation, International

7 pm ET - Film Screenings
8:15 pm ET - Virtual Panel 

 

Black Life Matters is a deeply introspective celebration of Black life, a grappling with our challenges, and a declaration of a brand new day.

This collection of eight short films will be followed by a spirited discussion on cinema, filmmaking and the future of Black film. After the screening, stay for an in-depth conversation with several of the evening’s filmmakers who are some of today's brightest and innovative artists on the scene.

Post film discussion immediately the film featuring the following panelists : Nefertite Nguvu, Thati Peele, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Marshall Tyler, Christine Turner and Shawn Batey.

 

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Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, 98, USA, 2018

While we're all mourning the loss of an American hero, we hope that viewers will be re-introduced to her work, and take her passion and courage back out into the world.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg chose the American Civil Liberties Union as the vehicle for her legal work in large part due to its interconnection between civil liberties and civil rights, including women's rights. “I wanted to be a part of a general human rights agenda … [promoting] the equality of all people and the ability to be free,” she said.  

The Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning documentary RBG, directed by award-winning filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, chronicles the inspiring and personal story of Ginsburg’s rise to the nation’s highest court while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

In addition to viewing the film, you'll also have access to a long-form Q&A with the directors from earlier this summer.

 

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NATIONTIME

Directed by William Greaves, 80, USA, 1973

Nationtime is the long-lost film that William Greaves made about the National Black Political Convention of 1972, when 10,000 black politicians, activists and artists went to Gary, Indiana, to forge a national unity platform in advance of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. The delegates included a wide array of political thinkers - Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, Pan-Africanist Amiri Baraka, PUSH founder Jesse Jackson, elected officials Ron Dellums, Charles Diggs, Walter Fauntroy, Richard Hatcher, Carl McCall, plus key women in the fight for racial equality -- Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, Fannie Lou Hamer and Queen Mother Moore (who was arguing for reparations). Entertainers Harry Belafonte, Isaac Hayes and Richard Roundtree lent their star quality and entertained the crowds. Sidney Poitier & Harry Belafonte narrate the film.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 1 Day Only, On Demand  

 

RESIDUE

Directed by Merawi Gerima, 90 min., USA 

RESIDUE chronicles aspiring filmmaker Jay (Obinna Nwachukwu) who returns to his native Washington, DC to find his old neighborhood is gentrified beyond recognition. Dealing with alienation from his friends, troubled by the disappearance of a loved one and unsure of his place in this new community, Jay confronts issues of identity, isolation and loss on a tumultuous personal journey.  

 

NOW PLAYING  - ON DEMAND

 

MR. SOUL!

Directed by Melissa Haizlip

From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home.

 

The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.  

 

POTTY BREAK

Directed by Toni Thai Sterrett

Sōl Cinema Cafe present: 'POTTY BREAK' Virtual Sneak Preview Screenings + Q&A w/ director Toni Thai Sterrett, cast and surprise celebrity guests. On the surface, Potty Break looks like the adventures of two "loose" party girls and their escapades in the bathroom at their favorite nightclub. Beneath the surface, you have two broken women who struggle to be OK and are not dealing with their pain in a healthy way. Women who are typically discarded because of their appearance or lifestyle. Each episode has a drop of social commentary. Touching on the topics such as the pain of colorism or being taken advantage of by predatory men. Two women who haven't quite acquired the wisdom that comes with age, similar to Sex In The City. Season 1 serves as a "slice of life" look into the complicated lives of these two aging party girls. Like Insecure, it's a comedy, but deeper.

 

THIS IS AMERICA: A LOOK AT VIOLENCE AND RACISM   SAT. JULY 25TH, 2020 - 3 PM EST 
The Facebook Live event will take place Saturday, July 25th, 2020 at 3PM EST and be the first edition of a quarterly discussion series that takes a close look at America from different perspectives. The recent George Floyd national uprisings greatly influenced the topic of the first event. THIS IS AMERICA: A LOOK AT VIOLENCE AND RACISM will be a multi-city discussion on violence and racism in America with policy makers, law enforcement, community leaders from across the country and a film component. The 3 initial cities selected are New York City, Chicago and Indianapolis with many additional other cities across America participating. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live and accessible to all 3.5 billion Facebook Live broadcast viewers. 
NOW PLAYING  - ON DEMAND
 

GOOD TROUBLE: JOHN LEWIS
Directed by Dawn Porter, 96 min., USA

 

Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary.

1-Day Only | Friday, May 1, 2020  - ON DEMAND
 
About the Film

 

SHOGUN ASSASSIN

Directed by Kenji MisumiRobert Houston, 85 min., USA

 

A medieval samurai known as Lone Wolf wanders the countryside with his young son to seek revenge against those who murdered his wife.

 

About the Experience

This Sunday, May 24th at 9:15pm EST, participate in the live stream of "Shogun Assassin". RZA—acclaimed rapper, producer, director and co-founder of 36 Chambers—and Dan Halsted—head programmer at the Hollywood Theatre—will provide live commentary during this special Memorial Day Weekend presentation. Their collective knowledge and personal stories related to "Shogun Assassin" will give viewers a deeper appreciation for the movies we love.

"Shogun Assassin" is well known within the hip hop community as it was heavily sampled in GZA's platinum album "Liquid Swords." The album is considered one of the best albums in hip hop history on account of GZA's complex lyricism and RZA's dark atmospheric production.

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