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Top of the Heap

 
 
Feb 18—Feb 24, 2022
 
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RUN TIME: 90min
FORMAT: DCP
GENERAL ADMISSION: $16
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Christopher St. John | 1972

With Christopher St. John, Paula Kelly, Florence St. Peter

“a genre-twisting tale that couches psychological and political furies in spectacularly bold imaginative flourishes”
—The New Yorker

A singular effort written, directed by, and starring Shaft actor Christopher St. John, Top of the Heap is a majestic melding of genre thrills, sociological rage, and psychedelic experimentation where Blaxploitation, Afrofuturism, and European avant-garde cinema collide. George is a cop in Washington, DC, and he’s proud to be one of the few Black officers on the force. But when George is overlooked for a promotion, he loses his hold on reality and launches a personal vendetta against street crime—when he’s not visiting alternate galaxies as an astronaut in his tripped-out dreams. As with many Black filmmakers, St. John was denied a long career behind the camera, making this fascinating, deeply personal film the only opportunity to experience his extraordinary vision.

Restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.

The Feb 18, 7pm screening will be introduced by writer and broadcaster Josiah Howard.

 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation ­

 
 
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