I Am Not Your Negro - Opens February 17th
One Week Only
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
"Peck's references to current events reveal Baldwin's view of history and his prophetic visions to be painfully accurate." - New Yorker.
"I Am Not Your Negro travels a straight, well-researched path from the darkest tragedies of American history to the ones that plague the country today." - Village Voice.
"Bringing a sense of gravitas to Baldwin's words is Samuel L. Jackson, whose decidedly nonfurious narration is his finest performance to date, bar none." - Time Out.
93 mins., Rated PG-13.
*I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a Points of View film sponsored by Lincoln Financial, so all screenings of this film are FREE for currently enrolled students
Oscar Nominated Shorts
For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 10th. With all two categories offered – Animated and Live Action – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 26th.
Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes
Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes
Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes
The Head Vanishes (additional film) – 9 minutes
Asteria (additional film) – 5 minutes
Once Upon a Line (additional film) – 7 minutes
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes
Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a warning card come up prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like.
87 mins., good for kids 8 and up, except for PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES
Live Action Shorts:
Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes
Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes
Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes
La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes
134 mins., suitable for 15+