A Century of Black Cinema
Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the Institute of Texan Culture's film festival, Classics of Black Cinema, which runs throughout February. Included in ITC's daily admission price is a viewing of A Century of Black Cinema, a documentary that examines the impact and experiences of African-American entertainers through a combination of archival film footage and interviews with actors and directors. The ITC will also screen six feature films during the festival, hosted by Earley Teal, a Buffalo Soldier reenactor, and Mary Grace Ketner, ITC educational specialist. `See "From blackface to black power," February 3-9, 2005`.
A Century of Black Cinema will screen at 10:30am and 2pm Tuesday-Saturday, and at 2pm Sunday throughout February, at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 S. Bowie. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children. For more information call 458-2330 or visit texancultures.utsa.edu.
Go Down Death
Dir. Spencer Williams; writ. Williams, Sam Elljay, Jean Roddy, based on the poem by James Weldon Johnson; feat. Williams, Myra D. Hemmings, Samuel H. James, Eddye L. Houston, Amos Droughan, Walter McMillion, Irene Campbell, Charlie Washington, Helen Butler, Dolly Jones (NR)
Also in honor of Black History Month, the Apollo Playhouse will screen Go Down Death, the 1944 Shakespearian tragedy of a preacher, a barkeep, and malice aforethought. The film is set in San Antonio and stars, among others, the late Rev. S. H. James of Second Baptist Church. Writer and director Spencer Williams is well-known as "Andy" of the NBC television series Amos and Andy.
Go Down Death will screen at 7pm Friday, February 11 at the Apollo Playhouse, 1216 West Ave. Admission is $5. For more info, call 732-4049.
Where Are We?
"Out!" answers the Diversity Center, which will screen this "road movie about people whose lives we rarely see on the screen," as part of their Midweek Movie Mixers. Coming up in March are the critically acclaimed L.I.E. and Party Monster.
Where Are We? will screen at the Midweek Movie Mixer, 6-9pm Wednesday, February 16 at the Diversity Center, 531 San Pedro Ave. Admission is free. For more info, call 223-6106.
Asian Film Festival at SAMA
San Antonio Museum of Art's 2005 Asian Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, February 17 with Pao Da Shuang Deng, released in the U.S. as Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker, the tale of a young woman who inherits her family's firework factory because there are no male heirs. For the honor, she renounces her womanhood and agrees to remain single, a difficult situation made impossible when she begins to fall for an impetuous, creative employee. Refreshments will be served by Golden Wok. The festival continues daily through February 20 with Samsara, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Tokyo Godfathers, and Sharaku. Look for more coverage of the Asian Film Festival in next week's Current.
Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker screens at 7pm Thursday, February 17 at the San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones. Admission is $10 each day. For more info, call 978-8100.