I'm thrilled to be included in this wonderful project and am So excited for the Red Carpet event TONITE! I'll be on the panel starting 7pm!
"All summer long Harlem neighbors have been checking out, commenting on, AND RATING the independent video works of 32 super
fly contributing artists of
The People's Laundromat Theater... NOW the
time has come for the Grand Finale, a Red Carpet style party and
screening where EVERYONE is a V.I.P.!"
(bring it Playa!)
-Taste by SheChef -Sounds by DJ NessDigital -VIP Style by Sureme -Swag by the PLT community
-And Top Rated video works as judged by community visitors to the Clean
Rite Center Laundromat on Lenox & 129th and The Schomburg Center
for Black Culture and Research
Red Carpet Begins at 5, culinary delights and gourmet movie snacks, and Live DJ til 7--
Screening program begins at 7pm sharp.
The Q&A portion will include a panel of the below individuals, co MC’d/moderated by Shani Peters and Petrushka from The LP.
Ariel Jackson, Contributing Artists, Project Editor/Assistant Ina Archer, Contributing Artist, Film reviewer and preservation advocate Ivan Forde, Contributing Artist, Neighbor Robin Cedeno, Neighborhood Participant
The People's Laundromat Theater is a 2013 Create Change project by
Harlem Public Arts Resident Shani Peters. Create Change is developed
and supported by The Laundromat Project, a public arts organization. http://laundromatproject.org/create-change.htm
Is it the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that's creating this glut of amazing black-interest movies? What is a girl to do?!
I don't usually do lists but here goes. This weekend includes:
LES SAIGNANTES (2005) @ Spectacle tonight. If you like experimentation, African films, sci-fi, self-relfexive film, political films, gorgeous films, comedy etc. then you have to check out Bekolo.
(ha ha ha I'm not really a racist! It's just acting!)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Harry Belafonte. Robert. Ryan. Shelly Winters And Gloria Grahame? AND it's shot in noirish Hudson, NY? Best seen big screen @ BAM Friday. Robert Ryan's right up there in Richard Widmark territory being all racist and RR/RW (ie. hot and crazy) scary! A beautiful B&W film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Belefonte's production company, HarBel. Jazz score by John Lewis.
They're K I L L I N G it at BAM with A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement. I've really got to catch up with the blog and I'm full of regret at everything I've missed! The combining of docs and features is fantastic and I love that they're going outside the box genre-wise by showing Hershell Gordon Lewis' 2000 MANIACS! (1964).
I've never seen it but have definitely heard of it so I'm gonna put my gore-guard on and check it out tomorrow. Look for more as I restart Ina's Horror Blog. Lovely "Nothing But A Man" (1963) plays this weekend as well.
(Sing it with Bobby Womack:)ACROSS 110TH STREET (1972) d.Barry Shear, @ AMMI in FUN CITY programmed by J.Hoberman.
I loves this movie--it's one of my favorite blaxploitation flicks--it uplifts the genre! And it's got my boyfriend, mean, sweaty and insecure mafioso Tony Franciosa. Oh yeah, GoodcopBadcops Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Cotto and grrrr-owly villain Richard Ward are all in it too!
Spoiler alert: this is the best scene it the film and I wrote a lot of papers about it! Watch as Doc Ward "Punks" Franciosa's Nick di Salvo. Laughter and scenery chewing ensues:
(Of course, I never mentioned that I was going to be gone, my bad! but it’s time to get back on the blog.)
So first things first; I am pleased to be screening some earlier works in a terrific venue The Clean Rite Center in Harlem USA courtesy of (the always fly and righteous)artist Shani Peters and The Laundromat Project!
Also, I’ll be at the laundromat on July 20th from 11am-1pm for The People’s Wash + Fold Film Club a Q&A/open exchange with the PLT community.
"Like TV? Love Netflix? Want to kick it with your neighbors while you stack those laundry piles? Then join THE PEOPLE’S WASH + FOLD FILM CLUB. We meet at the Lenox Clean Rite every other week to chop it up about not only the videos screening in THE PEOPLE’S LAUNDROMAT THEATER, but about TV shows, webisodes, YouTube clips, film, advertisements and whatever other media has caught our eyes."
Visit Harlem, support black media makers, do your laundry and opine about films! All in one spot and open 24 hours...
The Black Network (1936) d. Roy Mack
See you there!!
The People’s Laundromat Theater is located at the Clean Rite Center on Lenox Ave. near Malcolm X. Blvd. @ the SE corner of 129th St.