The New Black
The Feeling of Being Watched
Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30pm
Yoruba Richen, 2013, 120 min.
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the recent campaign to legalize gay marriage in Maryland (which passed in 2012) and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
Pre-reception and Q&A with director Yoruba Richen, a special guest from the film, and moderated by Carolyn Brown, executive director of My True Colors Film Festival.
Little White Lie
Friday, May 3rd, 6:30pm
Assia Boundaoui, 2018, 86 min.
The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance. Assia struggles to disrupt the government secrecy shrouding what happened and takes the FBI to federal court to compel them to make the records they collected about her community public.
Pre-reception and Q&A with director Assia Boundaoui.
Friday, April 26th, 7:00pm
Lacey Schwartz, 2014, 65 min.
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin.
Q&A with director Lacey Schwartz.
Sunday, March 10th, 3:00pm
Christina D. King and Elizabeth Castle, 2018, 67 min.
Warrior Women is the story Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children - including her daughter Marcy - into a group called the "We Will Remember" survival group. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter.
Q&A with directors Christina D. King and Elizabeth Castle, and Marcy Gilbert in person, and Madonna Thunder Hawk via skype.
This program is in recognition of the International Women's Day on March 8th, and Women's History Month.
Thursday, February 21st, 6:30pm
Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard, 2018, 115 min.
From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home.
Q&A with director Melissa Haizlip to follow screening. Other panelists include Sade Lythcott (CEO, The National Black Theater), Carmen de Lavallade (actor, dancer and choreographer), Black Ivory (Harlem’s own classic R&B/Soul trio), and Blair Underwood (actor, film narrator).
Call Her Ganda
Wednesday, January 30th, 7:30pm
Sonia Kennebeck, 2018, 91 min.
National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.
Q&A with Sonia Kennebeck to follow screening.
Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00pm
PJ Raval, 2018, 98 min
A modern David and Goliath story, Call Her Ganda follows a cast of willful women as they take on some of the most powerful institutions in the world. Fusing personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, Call Her Ganda forges a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.
Q&A with director PJ Raval to follow screening.
AMPAS and IDA MEMBERS are admitted free upon presenting membership card.
Soul Food Junkies
Wednesday, November 28th, 6:30pm
Stanley Nelson, 2007, 88min
In Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, award-winning filmmakers Stanley Nelson, Marcia Smith, and Noland Walker reveal the true, tragic story behind enigmatic preacher Jim Jones and his promise of a world of economic and racial equality that ultimately led to the largest mass murder-suicide in history.
Q&A with director Stanley Nelson, editor Lewis Erskine, and survivor Jim Jones, Jr. to follow screening.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:30pm
Byron Hurt, 2012, 64 min
Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the upsides and downsides of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. Soul Food Junkies explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad.