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Black 90s: A Turning Point in American Cinema

 
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May 3—May 22, 2019
 
   
 
 
 
 
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The 1990s witnessed a historic number of films made by African-American directors who forever altered what we thought of “black aesthetics” and who created touchstone works that continue to inspire contemporary filmmakers. Bringing together popular hits and unsung gems, this expansive (though by no means exhaustive) program surveys the rich variety of genres—from indie drama to comedy to romance to noir to queer cinema—upon which black filmmakers left their mark, making crucial strides in a fight for representation that continues today.


 
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Buy 2—4 films and get 10% off your ticket purchase

Buy 5 or more films and get 20% off your ticket purchase

PAST EVENTS
To Sleep With Anger
Film
To Sleep with Anger + When It Rains
 

Poetic realist reflections on black community from master director Charles Burnett.

May 3—May 9, 2019
 
 
Compensation
Film
Compensation
 

Zeinabu Irene Davis’ poetic first feature is one of the most innovative films of the 1990s.

Sat, May 4, 2019
 
 
Daughters of the Dust
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Daughters of the Dust
 

Julie Dash’s gorgeous evocation of early-20th century Gullah life.

Sat, May 4, 2019
 
 
Sankofa
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Sankofa
 

A beautiful, disturbing Afrocentric interrogation of the past through a contemporary lens.

Sat, May 4, 2019
 
 
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
 

Leslie Harris’ electrifying cult classic about black teenage dreams and disappointments.

Sun, May 5, 2019
 
 
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Eve's Bayou + Dreadlocks and the Three Bears
 

Kasi Lemmons’ Southern Gothic stew of sex, lies, and voodoo plus an Afrocentric fairytale.

May 5—May 7, 2019
 
 
Down In The Delta
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Down in the Delta
 

Maya Angelou directs this rich evocation of black Southern family life.

May 5—May 6, 2019
 
 
Drylongso
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Drylongso + Fragrance
 

Black feminist perspectives on friendship, masculinity, patriotism, and resistance.

Mon, May 6, 2019
 
 
Chocolate Babies
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Chocolate Babies + Anemone Me
 

A one two punch of black queer power.

Tue, May 7, 2019
 
 
Watermelon Woman
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The Watermelon Woman
 

New Queer Cinema icon Cheryl Dunye on race, sexuality, and cinematic representation.

Wed, May 8, 2019
 
 
A Litany For Survival
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A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde + Black Nations/Queer Nations?
 

Brilliant black queer minds discuss the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality.

Wed, May 8, 2019
 
 
Essex Hemphill: Remembering and Reimagining
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Essex Hemphill: Remembering and Reimagining
 

An evening to pay tribute to the openly gay poet and activist Essex Hemphill. 

Thu, May 9, 2019
 
 
Friday
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Friday
 

“Bye, Felicia.” Ice Cube and Chris Tucker are LA’s most blunted in this stoner classic.

Fri, May 10, 2019
 
 
Set It Off
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Set It Off
 

Four black women stick it to society in F. Gary Gray’s propulsive heist thriller.

May 10—May 19, 2019
 
 
New Jack City
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New Jack City
 

A sensationally malevolent Wesley Snipes stars in Mario Van Peebles’ Harlem-set showdown.

Sat, May 11, 2019
 
 
Belly
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Belly
 

Nas and DMX in an Alizé-and-mushrooms swirl of millennial Manhattan and dancehall reggae.

May 11—May 16, 2019
 
 
Straight Outta Brooklyn
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Straight Out of Brooklyn
 

A raw slice of Red Hook neorealism from 19-year-old filmmaker Matty Rich.

Sun, May 12, 2019
 
 
Menace II Society
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Menace II Society
 

One of the most shattering cinematic experiences of the 1990s.

Sun, May 12, 2019
 
 
Boyz N The Hood
Film
Boyz n the Hood + Why Am I A Threat?
 

The still-potent granddaddy of 90s hood dramas.

May 12—May 13, 2019
 
 
Juice
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Juice
 

An electrifying Tupac stars in this complex, neo-noir moral drama.

Mon, May 13, 2019
 
 
Devil in a Blue Dress
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Devil in a Blue Dress
 

A dapper Denzel Washington as Walter Mosley’s 1940s gumshoe.

Tue, May 14, 2019
 
 
A Rage In Harlem
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A Rage in Harlem
 

An appropriately edgy take on a novel by genre-bending black crime writer Chester Himes.

Tue, May 14, 2019
 
 
Love Jones
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Love Jones
 

Larenz Tate and Nia Long star in the decade’s ultimate black boho date movie.

Wed, May 15, 2019
 
 
Poetic Justice
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Poetic Justice
 

Janet Jackson and Tupac shine in this road movie romance featuring poetry by Maya Angelou.

Wed, May 15, 2019
 
 
Waiting To Exhale
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Waiting To Exhale
 

Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett light up this sisters-doing-it-for-themselves classic.

Thu, May 16, 2019
 
 
The Five Heartbeats
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The Five Heartbeats
 

Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans penned this Motown-inspired star-is-born saga.

Fri, May 17, 2019
 
 
Fear of a Black Hat
Film
Fear of a Black Hat + Oreos with Attitude
 

Wickedly hilarious send ups of gangsta rap machismo and buppie social climbing.

Fri, May 17, 2019
 
 
Living Color: Black 90s TV
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Living Color: Black 90s TV
 

A special one-night event celebrating the impact of black-authored and -focused 90s television.

Sat, May 18, 2019
 
 
The Best Man: 20th anniversary screening
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The Best Man: 20th Anniversary Screening
 

This 90s instant classic is a hilarious and frank look at the complexities of commitment.

Sat, May 18, 2019
 
 
House Party
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House Party
 

Old school hip-hoppers Kid 'n Play invite you to the dopest house party ever.

Sun, May 19, 2019
 
 
Bébé's Kids
Film
Bébé’s Kids
 

The first mainstream animated feature made for black audiences is fresh and funny as ever.

Sun, May 19, 2019
 
 
Boomerang
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Boomerang
 

Brilliant women upstage Eddie Murphy in this fresh take on the battle of the sexes farce.

Sun, May 19, 2019
 
 
Clockers
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Clockers
 

Spike Lee’s overpowering, furious-sad response to the early 90s cycle of hood movies.

Mon, May 20, 2019
 
 
Jungle Fever
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Jungle Fever
 

Spike Lee’s explosively emotional New York drama of sex, drugs, and interracial romance.

Tue, May 21, 2019
 
 
Crooklyn
Film
Crooklyn: 25th Anniversary Screening
 

Spike Lee’s vision of 1970s Bed-Stuy is one of the all-time great New York movies.

Wed, May 22, 2019