Friday, April 4, 2014

SEE: NOTHING BUT A MAN AT MAYSLES CINEMA

Nothing But a Man Screening, Thursday, April 24th-Wednesday, April 30th, 7:30pm Nothing But a Man A 50th Anniversary Celebration Michael Roemer, 1964, 92 min. A true landmark of American cinema and African-American screen representation, Nothing But a Man portrays the poignant relationship between a preacher's daughter (jazz singer Abbey Lincoln) and a railroad man and single dad (Ivan Dixon). After the two marry, they confront a host of problems including racism, school integration, unemployment, and family conflict. Against this detailed social backdrop (which is a powerful document of Jim Crow-era restrictions), the film portrays Duff and Josie as fully-fleshed out individuals, complex and contradictory, in a way rare for movies about black characters at the time.

Shot during the tumultuous summer of 1963 the summer of Medgar Evers' assassination, George Wallace at the University of Alabama, and the March on Washington, the film features an unparalleled, Motown based soundtrack that includes Martha & the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells and the Miracles. Nothing But a Man is fiction Cinema Vérité gold.

A conversation between director Michael Roemer and writer Kevin Powell will follow the 7:30pm screening on Friday, April 25th. A Q&A with director Michael Roemer and documentary filmmaker and Maysles Cinema founder Albert Maysles will follow the 7:30pm screening on Saturday, April 26th.

Tickets may be purchased in advance to insure seating for this event: LINK

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