|2013 February Family Films: African American Film Directors|
Thursday, 31 January 2013 10:22
In honor of Black History Month, the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing & Cultural Arts Complex, and US Bank invites everyone to join us for the February Family Films: African American Film Directors Saturday, February 9th, 16th, and 23rd 2:00 p.m. in the Pythian Theater 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue. Admission is free!
February Family Films will focus on the work of African American film directors, Spike Lee, Stan Lathan, and Gordon S. Parks Sr.. Each film will present cultural and social patterns of the African-American experience through the lens of the aforementioned film directors. Immediately following the films, the audience will have an opportunity to participate in a dialogue led by a community facilitator that will provide their expertise and knowledge.
Red Hook Summer, directed by Spike Lee will kick of the February Family Films: African American Film Directors on Saturday, February 9th, 2:00 p.m. in the Pythian Theater. Young Flik, an Atlanta adolescent, experiences a new side of life while spending the summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather. Flik soon realizes that his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of the inner city life, will greatly impact the outcome of his summer vacation experience. Red Hook Summer will be facilitated by John Whaley of JDW Film Works.
Beat Street, directed by Stan Lathan will be featured in the Pythian Theater on Saturday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m. Set in the South Bronx, Beat Street follows the lives of a pair of brothers and their group of friends, all of whom are devoted to various elements of early hip hop culture. Kenny Kirkland (Guy Davis known by his tag, "Ramo", and Chollie (Leon W. Grant), his self-styled manager/promote) is a budding disc jockey and MC, and his younger brother Lee (Robert Taylor) is a hardcore b-boy who dances with Beat Street Breakers (the New York City Breakers). Kenny's best friends are Ramon (Jon Chardiet), a graffiti artist Beat Street will be facilitated by BHB of the Columbus Hip Hop Expo.
The Learning Tree, directed by Gordon S. Parks Sr., will close out the February Family Films: African American Film Directors series on Saturday, February 23rd, 2:00 p.m. in the Pythian Theater. This film tells the story of a young African American boy growing up in rural Kansas during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, when racial discrimination was a social norm and legally sanctioned in parts of the United States. It is the first Hollywood studio film to be directed by an African American. The Learning Tree will be facilitated by James Mason of The Book Suite.