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Film Series

Behind the Mask: Bamboozled in Focus

 
 
Oct 28—Nov 3, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The year 2000 saw the release of Spike Lee's Bamboozled, a funny, ferocious, and frightening satire of race and the media, which was shunned by the paying public and mostly mauled by critics. However, viewed today, in a fraught climate where the mediation of the black image in American society is at a crucial juncture, Lee’s vision seems both vital and extraordinarily prescient.

This series celebrates Lee's much-misunderstood masterpiece on its 15th anniversary of release, and presents a diverse selection of films which inspired—and have been inspired by—Bamboozled, from cutting-edge comedies to groundbreaking documentaries and rare experimental gems.

Curated by Ashley Clark, author of Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.


Talks 
Q&A 
 

with Spike Lee and curator Ashley Clark on Oct 28

The opening night screening of Bamboozled on October 28 will be followed by a Q&A with director Spike Lee and curator Ashley Clark, author of Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.

 
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PAST EVENTS
Film
Bamboozled
 

Spike Lee’s bold satire of contemporary minstrelsy celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Oct 28—Oct 31, 2015
 
 
Film
Ethnic Notions + Illusions
 

Two gripping explorations of racial identity and stereotypes by Julie Dash and Marlon Riggs.

Thu, Oct 29, 2015
 
 
Film
Color Adjustment
 

Ruby Dee narrates Marlon Riggs’ examination of race in network programming.

Thu, Oct 29, 2015
 
 
Film
Network
 

Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch star in Sidney Lumet’s Oscar-winning TV satire.

Fri, Oct 30, 2015
 
 
Film
A Face in the Crowd
 

Elia Kazan’s scorchingly funny and prophetic media satire.

Sun, Nov 1, 2015
 
 
Film
Livin’ Large
 

An aspiring black anchorman climbs the corporate ladder in this underrated comedy.

Mon, Nov 2, 2015
 
 
Film
Dear White People + Free, White and 21
 

A pair of films that examine racism in educational institutions.

Tue, Nov 3, 2015