November – December 2015
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution arrives on PBS stations next year. I suggest not waiting.” – Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune
Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.
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Directed by Stanley Nelson, 115 min, USA.
“There’s a special, rich, satisfying pleasure that comes of seeing a doc about someone you feel you know almost too well, and by the end the film has brought you so close to her that in your imagination, she’s been reborn.” – Owen Gleiberman, BBC
To celebrate the completion of her posthumous masterpiece, Pearl, Janis Joplin decide to celebrate. Unfortunately, celebration for Joplin often equated to injecting heroin. When she passed away on October 4th, 1970 in Hollywood, it seemed the mourning would never stop. That the pain would never subside. There are only a handful of artists in any medium that deeply connect with people. For many, Joplin was not merely a musician, but a beloved icon, an inimitable iconoclast, an additional member of their family.
Her memorialization continues in Janis: Little Girl Blue, the moving documentary from Amy Berg. In less than two hours, the gifted documentarian creates a transfixing portrait of Joplin, the multi-hyphenate artist whose life and legacy lives on through this film.
Directed by Amy J. Berg, 105 min, USA.
Tyler Oakley has transcended what it means to be Youtube famous. Frequently vulnerable, candid, and inspiring, Oakley has altered the lives of many. His reach, and positive messages, have affected people of all ages from around the world. Even FLOTUS and POTUS sat down with Oakley for a lively conversation. He’s a champion of equal rights for the LGBTQ community and uncompromising individuality — to unabashedly be yourself, always.
Accompanying the release of his best-selling book, BINGE, is a documentary certain to give another insight into the mind of Tyler Oakley. The singular personality will be attending this one-night event at the Roxie. Following the film, titled SNERVOUS, Oakley with be in conversation with Roxie creative director Sam Fragoso.
Directed by Amy Rice. 90 min. 2015. DCP