REMIX: The Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art

REMIX is a  year-round series examining the legacy of institutional racism and the black experience in film, media, and art. Join us for programs that will challenge perceptions, inspire dialogue, and celebrate the richness and breadth of cinema that is too often overlooked.

 

In My Father's House Oct. 7 Set against the crumbling landscape of Chicago’s south side, this documentary film captures a yearlong journey from homelessness and alcoholism…
The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution Oct. 15 The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was…
Sustainable Soul Food Oct. 18 Fried chicken, fatback, collard greens, and pigs feet— when we think of soul food, we think of comfort, family, and…
Second Coming Dec. 16 Starring Idris Elba A touching family drama set in present day London, Second Coming is the story of Jackie (Nadine Marshall), a mother…
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Day Celebration The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Jacob Burns Center present a special Martin Luther King Day…
Buck and the Preacher Jan. 28 Starring Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte “After playing Hollywood’s first black Western hero in Duel at Diablo (1966), Sidney Poitier blazed new trails when he took over the…
What's Motivating Hayes? Jan. 31 “[Jonathan] Demme does something special in his mini-doc…he shows us who Hayes is, independent of the Syngenta scandal. What it…
The Defiant Ones Feb. 10 Starring Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis “I was spawned during the Roosevelt era, a time of great change. I still believe in getting people to think,…
The Black Calhouns Mar. 2 Film: Cabin in the Sky In her new book, The Black Calhouns, Gail Lumet Buckley—daughter of performer and activist Lena Horne—delves deep into her family…
Burning an Illusion June 27 In 1981, minority communities across England took to the streets to protest police brutality, institutional racism, and unemployment. Burning an…
When We Were Kings July 17 “I don’t have to be who you want me to be; I’m free to be who I want.” (Muhammad Ali) Charismatic,…
The Hard Stop July 18 “A riot is the language of the unheard.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) A wave of riots broke out across England…
She's Gotta Have It Aug. 1 30th Anniversary Screening! The release of She’s Gotta Have It heralded a new era in independent cinema and formally introduced the world to Spike…
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Sep. 22 Special Preview Screening When Maya Angelou died in 2014, President Obama said that the prolific and visionary singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer…
Losing Ground Jan. 16 Reel Talk with Ja’Tovia Gary Kathleen Collins’s funny, brilliant, and personal Losing Ground should have ranked high in the canon of indie cinema, but the film was…
Daughters of the Dust Jan. 25 Intro by Ja’Tovia Gary The 25th anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash’s landmark film Daughters of the Dust finally comes to the Burns! The…
I Am Not Your Negro Feb. 9–16 Nominated for Academy Award—Best Documentary Feature! I Am Not Your Negro examines what it means to be black in America through the prism of James Baldwin’s…
O.J.: Made in America Feb. 20 Nominated for Academy Award—Best Documentary Feature! O.J.: Made in America is a riveting 8 hour Oscar–nominated documentary that revisits the trial of the century. Drawing upon…
Fences Feb. 24–Mar. 2 Nominated for 4 Academy Awards! Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. …
This African-American Life: An Evening with Hugh Price June 5 Q&A JBFC Chairman Emeritus Hugh Price moderated by JBFC Board Member John Nonna Please join us for a film screening and discussion in honor of Hugh Price’s new memoir This African-American Life. In…
Detroit July 31 Special Preview Screening From Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker) comes Detroit, the gripping story of one of the darkest…
A Raisin in the Sun Jan. 15 Reel Talk with Mia Mask In honor of MLK Day, please join us for a screening of this timeless classic. Featuring star-making performances from the…
Killer of Sheep June 21 “An American masterpiece, independent to the bone” (New York Times), Charles Burnett’s 1978 drama examines mid-’70s life in L.A’s Watts…
Jinn July 19 Q&A filmmaker Nijla Mu’min with film writer Tayler Montague Summer is a carefree teenager whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam. Though initially…
He Got Game Aug. 16 Released 20 years ago, He Got Game stars Denzel Washington (in his third collaboration with Spike Lee) as a prison…
Take This Hammer Jan. 21 In the spring of 1963, prolific author/activist James Baldwin set out to assess “the real situation of Negroes in the…
Chi-Town Feb. 21 Q&A filmmaker Nick Budabin, executive producer Terry Minogue, and community leader Patrice Moore “This is a beautifully photographed, thoroughly engrossing, sobering but also inspirational piece of work.” (Chicago Sun-Times) Chi-Town follows Keifer Sykes…
Hale County This Morning, This Evening Feb. 25 Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature How does one express the world of individuals whose lives and humanity originate in exploitation? In this unconventional lyrical portrait…
Lost Boundaries Mar. 24 In collaboration with Vassar College’s conference “Quiet as It’s Kept: Passing Subjects, Contested Identities” and Professor Mia Mask, we present…
Devil in a Blue Dress Mar. 25 Introduction by Vassar Professor Mia Mask In collaboration with Vassar College’s conference “Quiet as It’s Kept: Passing Subjects, Contested Identities” and Professor Mia Mask, we present…
Shadows Mar. 26 In collaboration with Vassar College’s conference “Quiet as It’s Kept: Passing Subjects, Contested Identities” and Professor Mia Mask, we present…
Imitation of Life Mar. 27 Introduction by Vassar Professor Hiram Perez In collaboration with Vassar College’s conference “Quiet as It’s Kept: Passing Subjects, Contested Identities” and Professor Mia Mask, we present…
Amazing Grace Apr. 12–18 Crafted from never-before-seen footage originally shot in 1972, Amazing Grace documents the recording of Aretha Franklin’s seminal and acclaimed gospel…
Personal Problems May 21 Introduction by author, activist, and professor Ishmael Reed “Personal Problems retains a vitality and an integrity that practically bounds off the screen.” (New York Times) This entirely African…
Mother of George June 27 Danai Gururia (AMC’s The Walking Dead, Black Panther) and veteran actor Isaach De Bankolé (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, White…
Boyz n the Hood July 18 To honor the legacy and influence of the late filmmaker John Singleton, who passed in April at 51, we’re showing…
Douvan Jou Ka Levé Aug. 15 Reel Talk with journalist Michèle Montas Based on her own experience and interweaving poetic narration with interviews, this personal documentary by Haitian filmmaker/actress Gessica Généus—the title…
The Learning Tree Nov. 14 Reel Talk with Mia Mask 50th ANNIVERSARY Celebrated photographer Gordon Parks was the first African-American to direct mainstream studio films. While he’s best known for…
Two Shorts by Madeline Anderson Jan. 20 Q&A filmmaker Madeline Anderson via Skype Trailblazing filmmaker Madeline Anderson, often credited with being the first black woman to produce and direct a televised documentary film,…
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 Feb. 13 A wall-to-wall immersion in “a tangy raw stew of history” (Entertainment Weekly), courtesy of an extraordinary trove of documentary footage…
The Watermelon Woman Mar. 12 Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration, The Watermelon Woman is the story of a 20-something…
Midnight in Paris May 27 7:00: Q&A with filmmakers Roni Moore & James Blagden Shot in 2012, two years before the water crisis began, this charming, warmhearted film focuses on six Flint, Michigan, teenagers…
Our Song June 24 Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Our Song is a clear-eyed, unsentimental look at three teenage girls (played by Kerry Washington,…
Test Pattern Feb. 19–Apr. 8 Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and…

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