Description: Screening of EL NORTE (US/UK, Gregory Nava, 1983, 139min) a delicate and entrancing drama about the immigrant experience. “El Norte is a realistic picture of both the Guatemalan government’s oppression of the Quiche Indians and the hard life of illegal immigrants in the United States. After the Guatemalan army destroys their village of San Pedro, two teenage Quiche Mayan Indian siblings journey north (hence El Norte) through Mexico to the United States to start a new life. As they journey through Mexico, the siblings encounter a number of helpful individuals who direct them towards the U.S./Mexican border. There they find a “coyote” and make the frightening run across the border… Enrique and Rosa are introduced to the impossible realities of life as an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles.” ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi
Preceded by the short film “Adan” (2009, 25min), written and directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Gabriel Long, who will join us for a Q&A after the film. “In the wake of a school shooting, Miguel Correos must leave his home in Ecuador to search for his childhood friend in New York City. Adan has played at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, the Sin Fronteras Film Festival, and the Tulipanes Film Festival.” Check out Gabriel’s work at Saltbox Films
Details: Wednesday July 27th, 8:00pm at LaunchPad: 721 Franklin Ave btw. Park/ Sterling. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave.
Free, popcorn provided, BYOB.
Description: Midnight Movie at Spectacle! KCCS is ecstatic to be presenting BLACK WAX (Robert Mugge, US, 1983, 80min), a rare concert film featuring the legendary and recently departed singer/activist/poet Gil Scott-Heron. Recorded at the Black Wax in Washington D.C. in ’82, Scott-Heron’s substantial grooves with the Midnight Band and nascent hip-hop act is complimented by a walking tour of the troubled capital; the crooner-comedian waxes poetic on inner-city malaise, crippling poverty, cultural arrogance and governmental neglect. Always in performance mode, GSH smokes with wax figures, tears into President Reagan (“Ray Gun”), defines “bluesology,” tells it like it is. On stage, some of the man’s best-known hits are featured, including “Johannesburg,” “Winter in America,” and “Angel Dust.”
“It’s a massive irony for all the world to see: it’s the nation’s capital, it’s Washington DC.”
Details: Saturday July 9th, 11:59pm at Spectacle Theater, 124 S3rd @ Bedford Ave. L to Bedford. BYOB/ cheap beers for sale.
- “3rd Ave. El” (1955, 10min) Impressionistic doc portrait of the 3rd Ave. elevated railway in Manhattan, before it was torn down.
- “Longines Chronoscope with Robert Moses” (1953, 14min) – TELEVISION INTERVIEW: William Bradford Huie and Hardy Burt talk with Robert Moses, city planner, on urban renewal and problems in public planning of traffic, housing and parkways.
- “Daily Miracle” (1961, 28min) short documentary chronicles a day in the life of NYC’s sprawling transit system. From the Transit Museum archives
- “The Vanishing El” (ca. 1951, 10min) newsreel clip narrated by a soon-to-be-demolished 3rd Ave elevated train
- “Rapid Transit” (1949, 10min). From the New York Transit Museum Archives, a 1949 film about daily subway operations
- “The Big Apple Story” (Steve Siegel and Phil Buehler, 8min) an offbeat fable of the plight of New York City during the fiscal crisis of the ‘70s
Details: Wed. July 6, 9pm at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom. 627 5th Ave, South Slope. M/R to Prospect Ave. Free.
*we’ll also plan to throw on a horror flick on the late side, for the loyal drunks and for good measure.