African American Film Series

2020 Schedule for the 14th annual African American Film Series:

 

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror 

Thursday, February 6 | Film Screening and post-film discussion 
6pm-10pm | Union Cinema

Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, Horror Noire traces the untold history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre. Adapting Robin Means Coleman’s seminal book, HORROR NOIRE will present the living and the dead, using new and archival interviews from scholars and creators; the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future

Screening sponsored by Union Cinema and Union Sociocultural Programming. 

Pier Kids: The Life

Thursday, February 13 | Film Screening and post-film discussion
6pm-8pm | Union Cinema

Caught up in the precariousness of survival and self-preservation, homeless queer and trans youth of color hang out at Christopher Street Pier, forging their own chosen family. With intimate, immersive access to the hazardous lives of its vulnerable but fearless protagonists, director Elegance Bratton’s still-hopeful portrait exposes a raw side of New York City many often choose to ignore.

Screening sponsored by Union Cinema and Union Sociocultural Programming. 

The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion

Thursday, February 20 | Film Screening and post-film discussion
6:30pm | Oriental Theatre (2230 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

It’s sometimes easy to forget that hip-hop isn’t merely a music style, but also a fashion aesthetic. Of course, these looks don’t create themselves. Meet Misa Hylton and April Walker, two women who have had an incalculable impact in the male-dominated world of hip-hop style since the 1980’s. Working with rap luminaries like Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige, these women have helped chart the course of hip-hop’s journey, from its New York origins to its global impact.  

Free Tickets and Transportation to 100 UWM students! First come, first served.

Screening sponsored by Black Lens MKE, Union Cinema, and Union Sociocultural Programming. 

Queen & Slim 

Thursday, February 27 | Film Screening and post-film discussion
7pm-9pm | Union Cinema

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results. Terrified and in fear for their lives, they go on the run, but the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly becomes a symbol of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people across the country.

Screening sponsored by Union Cinema and Union Sociocultural Programming. 

Just Mercy

Wednesday, March 4 | Film Screening and post-film discussion
7pm-9pm | Union Cinema

Just Mercy follows the story of the civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.

Screening sponsored by Cru, Black Student Union, Union Cinema and Union Sociocultural Programming.