The 2017 Portland Black Film Festival welcomes guest of honor Pam Grier,
in attendance for Jack Hill's 1973 classic film COFFY, followed by a
Q&A with Ms. Grier!
Pam Grier originally became known in the
early 1970s for starring in a string of blaxploitation films, including
COFFY, FOXY BROWN, and SHEBA BABY. She returned to prominence in 1997,
starring in Quentin Tarantino's JACKIE BROWN, for which she received a
Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Ms. Grier is also known for
her role of Kate "Kit" Porter on six seasons of the television series "The L Word" and for her powerful autobiography "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts."
(1973): 35mm print! Coffy (Pam Grier) leads a double life. During the
day, she works as a caring nurse. At night, she's a one-woman avenging
hit squad on a personal vendetta, tracking down the drug pushers who
hooked her younger sister on drugs. As she climbs the ladder from street
dealers to crooked politicians, she meets a police detective who also
is also leading a double life.
The 2017 Portland Black Film
Festival is made possible through the generous support of the Fred W.
Fields Fund of the
Oregon Community Foundation.