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AFRO-PUNK

African-American musicians “immersed in overwhelmingly white punk scenes” provide the focus of AFRO-PUNK (2004), the James Spooner documentary screening this week at the Hammer, followed by a conversation between the director and guests Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy.*

Bad Brains, Cipher, Fishbone, Dead Kennedys, and Candiria are all featured in the film, the title of which gave name to the annual music festival in New York City.

 

AFRO-PUNK, Wednesday, August 29, at 7:30 pm.

BILLY WILDER THEATER, HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

*hammer.ucla.edu/afro-punk/

Bad Brains in performance, 1979.

HAL ASHBY AND BILL GUNN

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A very rare screening of Hal Ashby’s remarkable directorial debut THE LANDLORD (1970) will by followed by a Q & A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy as part of their Black Book series at the Hammer.

The screenplay is by Bill Gunn, his second after writing and directing the unreleased Stop.

 

THE LANDLORD, Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30 pm.

BILLY WILDER THEATER, HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

hammer.ucla.edu/the-landlord

See: theguardian.com/hal-ashby-the-landlord-classic

Above: Hal Ashby (left) and Beau Bridges on the Brooklyn set of The Landlord.

Below: Pearl Bailey (left) and Lee Grant in The Landlord.

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DIANA

Fans of MAHOGANY (1975) and LADY SINGS THE BLUES (1972) are in luck. The two Diana Ross vehicles are playing in all their big-screen glory this week on the Westside.

Motown founder Berry Gordy directed the former, the saga of a Chicago shopgirl and struggling fashion designer turned top international model. It’s a classic Joan Crawford scenario transferred to the 1970s, and co-stars Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams, and Jean-Pierre Aumont as Count Rosetti.

MAHOGANY will be followed by a Q & A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy.

LADY SINGS THE BLUES is, of course, the Billie Holiday story, directed by Sidney J. Furie. It will screen following Waiting to Exhale and an introductory conversation with Suzanne de Passe.

MAHOGANY

Wednesday, February 14, at 7:30.

Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

 

LADY SINGS THE BLUES

(preceded by Waiting to Exhale)

Thursday, February 15, at 7:30.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

Diana Ross in (top and bottom) Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues.

Magazine image credit: Rolling Stone. 

TISA BRYANT AND ERNEST HARDY — CONVERSATION AND SCREENING

Join writers Tisa Bryant (author of Unexplained Presence, and a forthcoming book from Semiotext(e) press) and Ernest Hardy (film writer for the LA Weekly and the author of Blood Beats Vol. 2: The Bootleg Joints) this week at the Hammer as they “sift through film, television, music, social media, and news to explore black representations of depression and distress, remedies and healing, and the resilience of joy in black life and culture.”*

Next week Bryant and Hardy will return to the museum for a Q & A following a screening of Dee Rees’ 2011 feature PARIAH.

TROUBLE IN MIND…BUT I WON’T BE BLUE ALWAYS—TISA BRYANT and ERNEST HARDY IN CONVERSATION, Thursday, August 24, at 7:30 pm.

PARIAH, Tuesday, August 29, at 7:30 pm.

HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

* hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/08/trouble-in-mind-but-i-wont-be-blue-always/

hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/08/pariah/

See Ina Diane Archer’s PARIAH review from the November/December 2011 issue of Film Comment:

filmcomment.com/article/pariah-review/

Adepero Oduye in Pariah. Image credit: Focus Features.

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