If you live in or near the San Francisco Bay Area this month is going to be a real cinephiles dream.
Modern Cinema, with the help of SFMOMA and SFFILM, will be presenting Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood July 12–29 with seminal works of black cinema including Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman, Leslie Harris’s Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. and Theodore Witcher’s Love Jones. All three directors will also introduce their films.
Modern Cinema is an ongoing film series exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema’s past and present. All screenings will take place at the Phyllis Wattis Theater.
Here is the list of special guests and films this season.
- Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) will introduce Body and Soul on July 12
- Ryanaustin Dennis, founding member of The Black Aesthetic in Oakland, will introduce Chameleon Street on July 13, and Ganja and Hess on July 27
- Director Theodore Witcher will introduce his film Love Jones on July 15
- Performer Honey Mahogany will introduce Mahogany on July 19
- Director Cheryl Dunye will introduce her film The Watermelon Woman on July 20
- Performer, writer, and musician Brontez Purnell will introduce House Party on July 20
- Director Leslie Harris, will introduce her film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. on July 21
- Director Michael Schultz will introduce his films Car Wash on July 21, and Krush Groove on July 22 (plus, following Krush Groove, Schultz will be in conversation with DJ Spooky)
- Filmmaker Peter Nicks will introduce Fruitvale Station on July 26
- Filmmaker Mohammad Gorjestani will introduce Middle of Nowhere on July 28
- Cornelius Moore, co-director of the distribution and projection company California Newsreel, will introduce Love & Basketball on July 29