The Little Theatre's Black History Month film series returns with classics, documentaries, and plenty of Spike Lee. I'll have reminders on all the film in each February newsletter (sign up here), but for now, I'll give you a rundown of what we're offering. And a bonus you should know about: All films are only $5 (well, actually one of them will be free, so it's actually a double bonus!).
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. Chi-Raq. A number of people have asked me via social media if The Little would be getting Spike Lee's latest film, so I'm pumped to be able to answer that with an enthusiastic "yes." The plot? Well, it's interesting. Here's the synopsis: "The girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) of a Chicago gang leader (Nick Cannon) persuades other frustrated women to abstain from sex until their men agree to end the senseless cycle of violence". In case you're wondering, the movie's official website lists the pronunciation of the title as: "Shy-RACK."
Saturday, Feb. 13: at 3 p.m. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. A documentary about the poet, playwright, teacher, activist, Sonia Sanchez.
Saturday, Feb. 20 is Spike Lee Saturday! We'll show 2000's Damon Wayans-starring satire Bamboozled at 3 p.m. and we'll have a Chi-Raq encore at 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. FREE screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. We screened this stellar Black Panthers documentary in October as part of our One Take Doc series. If you missed it then, or just want to watch it again, you can't do much better than this free screening.
Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m.: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets. The plot: "3 ½ Minutes reveals what happened during the brief moments when two disparate lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday 2012, at a Florida gas station, a white middle-aged man and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy's car. A gun entered the exchange and one of them was left dead." Lucy McBath - the mother of the young man killed that day in 2012 - also appears in The Armor of Light (which we screened as our December One Take Doc).