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2018 Portland Black Film Festival

Brother from another planet

February 5-25, the Hollywood Theatre is proud to present the 2018 Portland Black Film Festival! Curated by Portland writer/filmmaker David F. Walker, the festival examines the black experience in America and showcases the cinematic achievements of African American stars and filmmakers.

This year's festival is made possible through the generous support of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Stormy Weather

Monday, February 5, 7:30 PM

STORMY WEATHER (1943): Lena Horne stars as a singer whose rising career provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s, including Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Ada Brown, and the Nicholas Brothers dancing duo (who perform what is possibly the greatest dance number in cinema history).

Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass.

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Blade

Thursday, February 8, 7:30 PM
BLADE (1998): 20th anniversary screening! A half-vampire, half-mortal man (Wesley Snipes) becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires with his martial arts abilities.

Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass.

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The Spook Who Sat By The Door

Saturday, February 17, 7:30 PM
THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (1973): The film the government doesn't want you to see! When the CIA is forced to integrate, their first black agent secretly uses his training to organize black teenagers into guerrilla warriors bent on overthrowing the white establishment and starting a revolution. Originally pulled from theaters by the FBI and unavailable to be seen for years. Directed…
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Afrofuturism

Sunday, February 11, 7:30 PM

The Portland Black Film Festival is proud to present a series of shorts exploring the other worldly genres of science fiction, horror, and afrofuturism. Prepare to visit alien worlds and face unspeakable horrors with this showcase of multiple award winning films from a bevy of talented writers, producers, and directors.

Passes Accpted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass.

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Spotlight on Elijah Hasan

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 PM

Photographer, filmmaker, and educator Elijah Hasan has emerged as one of the region's most daring and innovative artists. His work knows no boundaries or genres, as he moves between documentary, experimental, and narrative filmmaking. This special program includes some of Hasan's more recent work, as well some of his critically acclaimed older films.

Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Memb…

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Local Showcase

Sunday, February 25, 8:00 PM

Join us for an eclectic mix of shorts made by local filmmakers, running the gamut from music videos to narrative to experimental. Catch a glimpse of incredibly talented black filmmakers in Portland, creating some of the best and most exciting work to be produced in the region. 

Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass.

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Brother From Another Planet with Joe Morton

Saturday, February 24, 7:00 PM

Post-screening Q&A with guest of honor Joe Morton!

BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1984): "The Brother" (Joe Morton) is a mute alien and escaped slave on the run from his home planet. After he lands in New York City, he tries to adapt to life on the streets of Harlem. As he tries to blend in with this new culture, he finds an apartment and gradually makes friends. Meanwhile, he is pu…

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Charles Bradley: Soul of America

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 PM

This screening is free for Hollywood Theatre members!

Mississippi Records, in partnership with the Portland Black Film Festival,  presents this documentary about the inspiring late in life rise of soul singer Charles Bradley.  Working for years as a James Brown imitator, Charles secretly yearned to let the world hear his own compositions and personality.  At the age of 62, Charles got his big chan…

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Rap City 2

Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 PM

RE RUN THEATER and THE PORTLAND BLACK FILM FESTIVAL PRESENT:  RAP CITY 2

THE REVOLUTION WILL BE MUSIC TELEVISED. Following up where RAP CITY left off, this is the Golden Age of Hip Hop told in a compilation of mostly music videos with some interviews, ads, and parodies. As MTV finally realized just how much of an audience there was for Rap artists, more and more time was sp…

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