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Black Cinema Series


Screening & Discussion

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 7:30pm

Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave)

Standard ticket prices
Tickets available online in advance, or at the door.

An epic story of American politics, race, and triumph against all odds, that chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first Black Mayor, Harold Washington. In one of the dirtiest political campaigns in American history, in a city rife with corruption and discrimination, Harold Washington took on the machine and won.

Punch 9 features candid interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Vice Mayor Richard Mell, Valarie Jarrett, David Axelrod, and others on the front lines and in the backrooms of power as it follows the charismatic politician’s shrewd maneuverings, stinging betrayals, and unlikely victories. This inspiring and compelling documentary reminds us that we sure could use a man like Harold Washington today.

Not Rated | 1h 43m | 2021 | Documentary
USA | English

Directed by Joe Winston


Meet the Panelists

Eric Grode
JOE WINSTON | Producer/Director
Over 20 years as an Editor, Producer and Director. Winston grew up in Chicago. Field Produced “Citizen Koch,” 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee. Directed and produced critically acclaimed 2009 documentary “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
Eric Grode

Social Entrepreneur, Filmmaker, and Published Author. Peabody Award-Winning Executive Producer, PBS American Masters documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” A founder of All Jokes Aside Chicago, featured in Lambert’s memoir and a Showtime documentary.

Eric Grode
KEVIN S. BECKFORDPanel Moderator Internationally Recognized Operations Executive, Change Agent and Anti-Racism Strategist, Beckford is the first African American elected to public office in Pittsford, N.Y.  (Member, Pittsford Town Board, 2018-2021).

About the series

Black Cinema Series
Black Cinema Series

The Little Theatre’s Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ), screens both scripted and non-fiction films about the Black experience. With an emphasis on contemporary independent films, the series highlights Black perspectives and filmmakers, with screenings and panel discussions with community experts and filmmakers. More details about the Black Cinema Series