Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012, 6:00pm until 10:00pm
The Black Power Mixtape
Film screening honoring Black History Month
THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation's most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om'Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African-American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle - including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles - give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.
6:00pm DJ Revolution spins on the 1’s & 2’s (Soul, Classic R&B, Hip-Hop)
6:45pm Welcome Remarks
6:50pm Screening of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (100 min)
8:30pm Q&A with film co-producer Joslyn Barnes (Louverture Films)
8:45pm Performance: GIF (HABANA/HARLEM®)
9:00pm Performance: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs (Burnt Sugar, Black Earth Institute)
9:15pm Performance: Mahogany L. Browne (PoetCD.Com/Nuyorican Poets Café)
9:30pm Performance: M.C. K~Swift (New Rap Order/ Universal Zulu Nation)
9:45pm Closing Remarks
2nd Floor - North Wing
First Fridays! are made possible through the support of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Simón Bolívar Foundation. Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. In collaboration with IFC, and produced in association with Asho Productions.