Film Series

Modern Cinema: Black Powers

Reframing Hollywood

July 12–29, 2018
Phyllis Wattis Theater
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For the sixth season of Modern Cinema, SFMOMA and SFFILM present a decades-spanning program exploring African American filmmakers navigating inside the Hollywood machine and operating outside its boundaries. Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood features work from pioneers such as Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Bill Gunn, whose films of the 1970s were revolutionary and counter to prevailing ideas about Blackness, alongside the resistance-fueled Black independent film movement coming out of the LA Rebellion. Continuing into the 1980s, the series explores the relationship-driven films of Spike Lee and Kathleen Collins that shone a light on a variety of experiences in Black America and inspired a new wave of independent filmmaking. The big budget hits and independent classics of the 1990s paved the way for contemporary directors like Barry Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Coogler, whose films were met with wide acclaim in Hollywood and beyond, demonstrating a full spectrum of compelling stories directed by a growing list of African American filmmakers.

Modern Cinema, co-presented by SFMOMA and SFFILM, is an ongoing film series exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema’s past and present.

Films and schedules may be subject to change.

 

Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Generous support is provided by Nion McEvoy and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.

Community support for Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood is provided by the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Events in this Series

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Hollywood Shuffle

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
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Love & Basketball

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
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Cotton Comes to Harlem

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
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Middle of Nowhere

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
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Daughters of the Dust

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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Ganja and Hess

Friday, July 27, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
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Pariah

Friday, July 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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Fruitvale Station

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
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Devil in a Blue Dress

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
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Krush Groove

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
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Watermelon Man

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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Car Wash

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
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The Learning Tree

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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House Party

Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
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The Watermelon Woman

Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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Mahogany

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 8:15 p.m.
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Shaft

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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Love Jones

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
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Losing Ground

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
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Eve’s Bayou

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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Medicine for Melancholy

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
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Do the Right Thing

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
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Killer of Sheep

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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Get Out

Friday, July 13, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
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Chameleon Street

Friday, July 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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Body and Soul

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:00 p.m.