Black History Month at the IFS

The International Film Series, in partnership with the Center for African and African American Studies (The CAAAS), is celebrating Black History Month with a celebratory program that highlights Black culture through cinema during the month of February, 2024. These films represent the rich cultural influence, artistic merit, and powerful messages the filmmakers have to share with us. With 10 films to choose from, this program aims to provide a varied selection of voices that is not to be missed.

 

Thursday, Feb 1st at 7:30pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - BEFORE YOU FLOAT AWAY INTO NOTHING

The next feature film from award-winning director/writer/actor, Skinner Myers. Prof Myers will be present for this screening to provide and informative introduction and Q&A following the screening. Two brothers must confront their past and present frustrations after their father passes away.

 

Saturday, Feb 3rd at 7:30pm at 7:30pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - EVE'S BAYOU

Presented on 35mm film! EVE'S BAYOU stars Journee Smollett, Samuel L. Jackson, and is directed by Kasi Lemmons. Over the course of a long, hot Louisianna summer, 10-year-old Eve discovers her family's affluent existence is merely a facade.

 

Sunday, Feb 4th at 2:00pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - DRYLONGSO

A film by Cauleen Smith and boasting an difinitively 90s indie vibe. Alarmed at the number of Black men around her dying, brash Oakland art student Pica begins taking photographs to preserve their existence.

 

Wednesday, Feb 7th at 7:30pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - ORIGIN

Ava DuVernay delivers once again in this explorative film about the interconnectedness of racial hate. Here, author Isobel Wilkerson writes her seminal book, "Caste: The Origins of our Discontent," while coping with personal tragedy.

 

Thursday, Feb 8th at 7:30pm in the VAC Basement Auditorium - OUTLAW JOHNNY BLACK

Michael Jai White returns after bringing us the hilarious BLACK DYNAMITE, this time giving us a sendup of Westerns. Cowboy Johnny Black vows to gun down the man responsible for his father's death, only to end up a fugitive posing as a preacher in a troubled mining town.

 

Friday, Feb 9th at 7:30pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - SHAFT

To commemorate the passing of Richard Roundtree, we present the original 1971 SHAFT on 35mm! John Shaft finds himself up against the leader of the black crime mob, then against black nationals, and finally working with both against the White mafia. Special guest, legendary independent filmmaker Alex Cox in person!

 

Saturday, Feb 10th at 7:30pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - IS THAT BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?

This documentary film and film essay written and directed by culture critic and historian Elvis Mitchell. The film examines the history, craft, and legacy of African-American cinema, particularly films released int he 1970s.

 

Sunday, Feb 11th at 2:00pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - TO SLEEP WITH ANGER

Written and directed by Charles Burnett, TO SLEEP WITH ANGER is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of African American mysiticism and folklore. Special guests, Writer/Director Charles Burnett and Actor Sy Richardson in person!

 

Monday, Feb 12th at 7:30pm in the VAC Basement Auditorium - Black Cinema Discussion Panel

Free event! With special guests Charles Burnett (TO SLEEP WITH ANGER, KILLER OF SHEEP), Sy Richardson (TO SLEEP WITH ANGER, REPO MAN), Katrina Miller (THIS IS [NOT] WHO WE ARE), and Mtume Gant ("Oz", "White Face"). Hosted by Professor Skinner Myers (BEFORE YOU FLOAT AWAY INTO NOTHING, THE SLEEPING NEGRO).

 

Wednesday, Feb 14th at 7:30pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - MOONLIGHT

This Barry Jenkins film won the Academy Award for best picture in 2016. A look at three defining chapters of in the life of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in Miami.

 

Wednesday, Feb 28th at 7:30pm in Muenzinger Auditorium - AMERICAN FICTION

The breakout film from new director, Cord Jefferson. Monk is a frustrated novelist who's fed up with the establishment that profits from Black entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, he uses a pen name to write an outlandish Black book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:29pm

Muenzinger Auditorium, E050
Muenzinger Auditorium is located west of Folsom Stadium on Colorado Ave. The closest parking is pay lot 360 next to Duane Tower., Boulder, CO 80309

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