School of Film/Video
REDCAT: “Hampton struggled against the same problems black America faces today, and lost his life for it. His life mattered.” – David A. Love, The Grio
The landmark documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971, 88 min.), by Howard Alk and Michael Gray, is a testament to black activism and a chilling record of covert police and FBI actions. Begun in 1969 to portray the activities of the Chicago branch of the Black Panther Party and its dynamic young leader, Fred Hampton, the film becomes a passionate, clear-eyed response to Hampton’s brutal assassination by police later that year. “Hampton’s killing was the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration,” Noam Chomsky has said.
The screening is followed by a panel discussion with artist Sam Durant, activist and educator Ericka Huggins, and UCLA scholar Robin Kelley.
REDCAT: “Cooley High showed a slice of urban life rarely seen in 'blaxploitation' movies of the time.” – NPR
Co-presented with The Broad. ARRAY @ The Broad is created and curated by Ava DuVernay.
Friendship, first loves and fatality are navigated by four young men in Cooley High, written by Eric Monte and directed by Michael Schultz. Set in 1960s Chicago, this coming-of-age story provides a slice-of-life look at both the light and grit of black teen spirit. The film's 1975 release provided a shift away from blaxploitation cinema common during that time and features breakout performances from Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, and Cynthia Davis. Curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (13TH, Selma).
A post-screening discussion with actor Glynn Turman, director Michael Schultz, and screenwriter Eric Monte will be moderated by Common. The screening of this classic film will serve as the springboard for a dynamic post-screening discussion with Cooley High actor Glynn Turman, director Michael Schultz, screenwriter Eric Monte,and rapper, actor, and film producer Common and about male identity and black images, and the representation of both in cinema and mainstream media.
ARRAY @ The Broad is an ongoing series featuring classic and contemporary films curated with an eye toward the intersection of art, history and cultural identity. With the cinematic image as the centerpiece, the series engages audiences through post-screening conversations with a spectrum of artists and scholars for an immersive exchange of ideas and insights beyond the screen that enliven many issues addressed by artists in the Broad collection. ARRAY, founded in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, is an arts collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women filmmakers.