By Godfrey Lee
The Marin City Black History Year Committee will hold a film festival through February and March. On Friday nights, three films will be shown: “Tales From The Hood,” “Rosewood,” and “Crooklyn.” “Amos n Andy” will also be presented in March. There will be a discussion on these films and their historical and cultural significance. These films will be shown on Friday night at the Manzanita Recreational at 630 Drake Avenue in Marin City.
“Tales From The Hood” will be shown on February 11. The film is a 1995 horror anthology film about three young hustlers searching for a stash of lost drugs. They meet up with a creepy undertaker who leads them on a tour of a nightmarish, supernatural underworld. They soon learn about the perils of dealing in darkness. “Tales from the Hood” was directed by Rusty Cundieff and produced by Spike Lee in 1995.
“Rosewood” will be shown on February 18. The film is based on a true story of Rosewood, a small Florida town, inhabited almost entirely by quiet, “middle-class” African-Americans. In 1923, a mob of angry whites from a neighboring community, motivate by a false accusation of a single white woman against one “Black” stranger, destroyed the town and killed between 70 and 250 people during their four-day attack. The rest of the town’s residents fled into the swamps and never returned. “Rosewood” was directed by John Singleton, and stars Jon Voight, Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle.
“Crooklyn” will be shown on February 25. Spike Lee co-wrote and directed the 1994 semi-autobiographical film, which takes place in Brooklyn, New York in 1973. The film focuses on Troy (played by Zelda Harris), a young girl who learns about life through her loving and strict mother Carolyn (Alfre Woodard), her native, struggling father Woody (Delroy Lindo), and her four rowdy brothers. Spike Lee also appears in “Crooklyn” as Snuffy, a bully and drug addict. “Crooklyn” is safe to see with your children; it was one of only two films that Lee directed, along with Malcolm X, to earn a PG-13 rating.
“Amos n Andy” will be shown in March 4. Amos and Andy was an African-American situation comedy and was popular from the 1920s through the 1950s on both radio and television. Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, who were white actors familiar with minstrel tradition, wrote the series and did the voices of Amos and Andy. The show was very popular ever since its first broadcast in 1928.So all are invited! Come with your children. The movies will be shown on a big screen. And the popcorn will be 25 cents.
For more information, call Marie Gains at 332-9223, Donald Muhammad at 724-9269, John Logan at 332-1441 or Melvin Atkins at 879-0229
CAPTION: Movie posters from top left: “Tales From The Hood,” “Rosewood,” “Crooklyn.” Middle right: Photo from “Amos n Andy.” Bottom picture: Dorothea Lange’s black and white photograph of the Rex Theatre For Colored People, Leland, Mississippi, June 1937.