By Scott Pukos
The Little Theatre is proud to announce The Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ). The series celebrates both documentary and narrative expressions in black cinema with a curated film choice every month. To complement each film, The Little will host discussions led by RABJ members, local experts, community leaders, and filmmakers after each series screening.
The series will begin during Black History Month with the critically acclaimed I Am Not Your Negro. The debut screening will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb 10, with a panel discussion after the film. Tickets will be $9, and available at the box office and thelittle.org. Details on the panel will be made available later this month.
While future films in the series may only screen once, that is not the case with the debut documentary. I Am Not Your Negro will continue a limited run at The Little throughout February.
About I Am Not Your Negro: In 1979, novelist and social critic James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new book: Remember This House. The project was set to focus on the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death, and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to director Raoul Peck (Moloch Tropical, Murder in Pacot) by the writer's estate.
Built exclusively around Baldwin's words, Peck's I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks.
Tokeya C. Graham, educator, activist, James Baldwin scholar
David Shakes, local actor, playwright and James Baldwin expert
Richard J. McCullough, RABJ President, meteorologist
Nate Brown, host WHTK talk radio