Jessie Maple (1937-2023) was a pioneer who paved the way in many facets of the film industry. Not only the first Black woman to join the New York Cinematographer’s Union, she was also a filmmaker, a journalist, and ran her own independent theater 20 West out of her brownstone in Harlem. This screening of her sophomore feature, Twice As Nice (1989), looks to pay tribute to her legacy.
Starring NCAA champions and basketball icons Pamela and Paula McGee, the film tells the story of twin sisters Caren and Camilla Parker. They’re college basketball stars who are embarking on a journey to be the first female players drafted into the big leagues. Thank you to the Black Film Center & Archive at Indiana University and to the Maple Patton Family for making this screening possible.
Stay after the screening of Twice As Nice for a pre-recorded Q&A with the film’s editor, Ellen Sumter, in conversation with programmer Tayler Montague.