3/2: The Return of Freddy's

Description: At last, we return to our old favorite, Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, for a night of cinematic weirdness. Video art by Freddy’s owner and local artist Donald O’Finn,  a piece by experimentalist Paolo Gioli, and John Water’s early trash-fest Pink Flamingos (1972, 93min). This night is rated X for a wide range of perversions and fetishes, depicted in graphic detail, and chicken death.

Details: Wednesday March 2nd, 8pm till they boot us out. 627 5th Ave between 17th & 18th St. South Slope. Free.


2/23: The Story of a 3-Day Pass at LaunchPad

Description: Melvin Van Peebles’ very first directorial effort THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS (aka LA PERMISSION, 1968, 87min) concerns a Black American soldier stationed at an air base in France. While on leave he is demoted for fraternizing with a white woman in Paris. A remarkable debut from the maverick filmmaker and grandfather of Blaxploitation, which takes its visual cues from the best of the French New Wave.

Introduced by filmmaker, educator and critic Brandon Harris (Filmmaker Magazine, Hammer To Nail, Cinema Echo Chamber).

Details: Wed. 2/23 8pm. At LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave, btw Park Pl/ Sterling Pl. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave. Free. BYOB.


2/16: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket @ Unnameable Books

Description: Screening of the hard-to-find documentary The Price of the Ticket (1990, 87min), which traces the life of prolific American author and activist James Baldwin. Produced by American Masters and Maysles Films, and directed by Karen Thorson. Writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed and William Styron discuss Baldwin’s influence.

With “Take This Hammer” (1963, 44min) KQED public television doc following Baldwin on a trip to San Francisco.

Details: Wed. 2/16, 8pm. At Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave @ St. Marks. Q to 7th Ave. Free.


2/9: Hollywood Shuffle / I'm Gonna Git You Sucka @ Legion Bar

Description: KCCS is rolling out a month of hand-picked free screenings for Black History Month all over Brooklyn. Scathing showbiz satires, James Baldwin docs, proto-blaxploitation.
First, git out for Robert Townsend’s HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (1987, 77min) at 8p. Townsend directs and stars as an actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity. As he dreams of making it as a successful actor and makes his rounds, this overlooked satire takes a hilarious look at African American actors in Hollywood.
Stay for Keenan Ivory Wayans’ I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (1988, 88min) at 9:30. A dead-on parody of blaxploitation, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big. Full of iconic actors from the original classics: Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas and Isaac Hayes star.

Details: Wed. 2/9, 8pm. Legion Bar, 790 Metropolitan Ave. “East” Williamsburg, L to Graham Ave stop. Free.