Premiere ofCritically Acclaimed James Baldwin Film at the Little Theatre Kicks off RABJ Black Cinema Series February 10

The Little Theatre is proud to announce The Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ).  The series celebrates both documentary and narrative expressions in black cinema with a curated film choice every month. To complement each film, The Little will host discussions led by RABJ members, local experts, community leaders, and filmmakers after each series screening.

The series will begin during Black History Month with the critically acclaimed I Am Not Your Negro. The debut screening will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb 10, with a panel discussion after the film. Tickets will be $9, and available at the box office and  The Panel will include Tokeya C. Graham, educator, activist,  and James Baldwin scholar; David Shakes, local actor, playwright and James Baldwin expert; Richard J. McCullough, RABJ President, meteorologist ; and Nate Brown, host WHTK talk radio. I Am Not Your Negro will continue a limited run at The Little throughout February. 

-About I Am Not Your Negro-

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. 

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck, based on Baldwin's final and unpublished manuscript, envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

The Little Theatre is located at 240 East Avenue in Rochester. (585) 258-0400