All scheduled dates:
- December 5, 2018 - 5:30pm-7:30pm (ended)
- December 12, 2018 - 5:30pm-7:30pm
- December 19, 2018 - 5:30pm-7:30pm
December 2018: New Black Cinema
Wednesday, December 5th, 5:30pm Sorry to Bother You /R /105 minutes
Written and directed by Oakland's own Boots Riley (The Coup) comes a genre defying film that is humorous and politically enlightening. This Sci-Fi/Comedy follows Cassuis Green's induction into the world of telemarketing where he finds quick success using a special skill that allows him to climb the corporate ladder. Filmed in Oakland, there's local art and sites Bay Area natives will enjoy and find very relevant to political occurrences. Boots Riley seamlessly uses satire to sharply illustrate what it means to be Black in corporate America.
Wednesday December 12th, 5:30pm Blackkklansman / R/ 135 minutes
Legendary director Spike Lee brings to film the true life events of Ron Stallworth’s, the first African-American detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department, mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970’s. In an extraordinary undercover investigation two detectives are determined to take down a chapter of this extremist hate group after the KKK try to cleanse its violent language and appeal to the mainstream. Based on Stallworth's book, 'Black Klansman: A Memoir', Spike Lee's bold take on his experience has been called pertinent and brilliant.
Wednesday December 19th, 5:30pm Fruitvale station /R/85 minutes
Bay Area native director Ryan Coogler’s debut film is a true account of Oscar Grant, an African American man who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in 2009. The film follows his last days before the horrific incident that ignited a movement against police shooting unarmed civilians. This film portrays Oscar as a young Black father living in Oakland and the people in his life who were left behind after his murder.
No movie on Wednesday December 26th