Throughout the month of February, and in honor of Black History Month, the Hollywood Theatre is extremely proud to present the Portland Black Film Festival. A collection of films that are either directed by African Americans, or deal with being black in America. This series is curated by local writer/director/BadAzz Mofo publisher David Walker. The highlight of the festival will be a night with director Michael Schultz, who will be in attendance for a double feature of his films The Last Dragon and Krush Groove!
Wednesday 2/6 – 7:30pm.
Across 110th Street (1972) A rare 35mm print of this excellent 70’s classic starring Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Quinn. A powerful crime film, that is also a commentary on the African American struggle for the American dream. Advance tickets are here.
Saturday 2/9 – 7:00pm
Michael Schultz Double Feature – The Last Dragon and Krush Groove. Director Michael Schultz in attendance! Advance tickets are strongly recommended, and are available here.
The Last Dragon (1985) 35mm Print! An inner-city martial arts film about “Bruce Leroy” taking on Sho Nuff, the evil “Shogun of Harlem” to rescue his love interest.
Krush Groove (1985) Starring Run D.M.C and The Fat Boys, this is the story of the origin of Def Jam Recordings, and an incredible snapshot of old school hip hop history.
Sunday 2/10 – 7:00pm
Cinema Classics presents Cabin in the Sky (1943) Vincent Minnelli’s classic musical featuring an all-black cast. Compulsive gambler Little Joe Jackson dies during a shooting. The Lord and Lucifer make a deal with him: they will give him six months to atone for the errors of his human life, but once back on Earth, he won’t remember the deal. As both sides try to get Little Joe’s soul, they figure that some of the most powerful tools they have at their disposal are the women in Little Joe’s life: his wife Petunia on behalf of the Lord, and Georgia Brown, a gold-digging floozy, on behalf of Lucifer. Starring Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson as Little Joe Jackson. Advance tickets are here
Wednesday 2/13 – 7:30pm
Re-Run Theater presents Rap City. We are celebrating the Golden Age of Hip Hop by compiling the era’s freshest moments: clips from the underground TV show Graffiti Rock, rare footage of The Rock Steady Crew (one of the first official breakdance crews), clips from all the biggest rap movies, ads that cashed in on the phenomena and music videos you could only find on late night tv. So bring your best beats, rhymes and moves, this is sure to be the freshest trip in town. Advance tickets are here.
Saturday 2/16 – 7:30pm.
Nothing But a Man (1964) A landmark of “cinema verite” filmmaking, and a realistic portrait of a young black couple’s struggle with unemployment and racism in the South. Ivan Dixon stars as a railroad worker who settles down to marry a preacher’s daughter (jazz singer Abbey Lincoln), only to find that the system is rigged against him. Shot in 1964 at the height of the Civil Rights movement, this was the first film with a largely black cast to be intended for an integrated audience. Advance tickets are here.
Sunday 2/17 – 7:30pm
David Walker Short Film Showcase. An eclectic showcase of short films, all directed by local filmmakers. Award-winning director Elijah Hasan premiers two new experimental works, Be Side Myself and Cycho. Her Name Was Mary by Liz Vice explores the heart-warming relationship between a young girl and her grandmother. The forces of good and evil square off in a most unconventional way in Christoper Witherspoon’s Hubble. The Day They Ran Out of Bullets, written by Jason Lamb and directed by David Walker explores the impending deaths of two mercenaries who’ve run out of ammunition. Advance tickets are here.
Tuesday 2/19 – 7:30pm.
Repressed Cinema presents Putney Swope (1969) Rare 35mm print! Dark satire where the token black employee at an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. He renames the company “Truth and Soul”, replaces the white employees with his militant brothers, and becomes a “threat” to national security. Advance tickets are here.
Wednesday 2/20 – 7:30pm.
Soul Train Express. For almost three decades, Soul Train brought American audiences the best in Soul and R&B. In honor of this groundbreaking show, Re-Run Theater presents Soul Train Express. Featuring some of the best samples of this legendary program with amazing performances, Don Corneluis’s ever changing hair style and of course those Afro Sheen commercials. Advance tickets are here.
Tuesday 2/26 – 7:30pm.
Grindhouse Film Festival presents Brotherhood of Death (1976) Rare 35mm print of this obscure blaxploitation film. A group of African American men return from the Vietnam War to find their small Southern hometown taken over by the KKK. Fed up with the oppression and inhumanity, they use their skills from the jungles of Vietnam to take out the Klan. Advance tickets are here.
Wednesday 2/27 – 7:30pm.
Yeti Bootleg presents Shout Troubles Over. Rare scenes of gospel music from the dawn of motion pictures until now, with images of not only music but also Pentecostal streetcorner sermons and Church of God in Christ “praise breaks.” Music from such well-known artists as the Staple Singers, Highway QC’s, Rev. Charlie Jackson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to unknown and obscure performers. Advance tickets are here.
About David Walker, curator of the Portland Black Film Festival – David Walker is a Portland based writer and independent film director. In addition to his work in film, Walker is best known as the creator of the pop culture magazine BadAzz Mofo. His vast knowledge of blaxploitation films has established him as a leading expert in black cinema of the 1970s, leading to appearances on E! True Legends of Hollywood, AMC’s Hell Up in Hollywood, and VH1’s Race-o-rama. He is also the co-author of the book Reflections on Blaxploitation.
The Portland Black Film Festival is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.