Thursday, February 23, 2017
Democracy for Sale (director Solly Granatstein, approximately 1 hour, not rated).
Actor Zach Galifianakis, a North Carolina native, stars in a documentary that discusses how his home state went from being “a beacon of light and generosity in a sea of red state reactionary politics” to what the film’s website refers to as “one of the most regressive and intentionally belligerent states in the union.” Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro and attended N.C. State University. He owns a farm in Alleghany County.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
13th (2016, director Ava DuVernay, 1 hour and 40 minutes, TV-MA).
In this thought-provoking documentary directed by Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Free with admission. This screening complements the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Do the Right Thing (1989, director Spike Lee, 2 hours, rated R).
The hottest day of the year explodes on-screen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Produced, written and directed by Spike Lee, this powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise. This screening complements the exhibition, Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Samsara (2011, director Ron Fricke, 1 hour and 42 minutes, rated PG-13)
Through an intricate synthesis of images, and without a single word of dialogue, this intoxicating film takes us on a cross-continental journey through our modern world. This fascinating work by director Ron Fricke invites us to embrace our perplexing existence through portraits that range from horrific to divine. Screened outside on the Nasher Museum Café lawn. Co-presented with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Complement to Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Fresh Dreshed (2015, director Sacha Jenkins, 1 hour and 30 minutes, not rated)
This is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti- drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion catwalks and middle America’s shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins’s musical history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers and other industry insiders. Complement to Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Pariah (2011, director Dee Rees, 1 hour and 26 minutes, rated R)
A lesbian teenager in the Bronx juggles multiple identities to please friends and family, but pressure from home, school and within corrodes the line between her dual personas, with explosive consequences. The feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees, Pariah had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Complement to Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Big Fish (2003, director Tim Burton, 2 hours and 5 minutes, rated PG-13)
A frustrated son tries to determine fact from fiction in his dying father’s life. The film, directed by Tim Burton and adapted from a novel written by Hillsborough-based author Daniel Wallace, drips with magical southern imagery. Complement to All Matterings of Mind.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, director Michel Gondry, 1 hour and 48 minutes, rated R)
When their relationship sours, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. It is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had. This film, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, is the second collaboration between director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Complement to All Matterings of Mind.