Serenade for Haiti

April 7, 8 & 14, 2017

“Music is our refuge,” says a student at the Sainte Trinité Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Shot over a seven-year period both before and after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, this vibrant and inspiring tribute to the students and teachers of Sainte Trinité testifies to the role that art can play in creating community and sustaining hope under the most difficult of circumstances."

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Story of a 3-Day Pass (50th Anniversary)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Melvin Van Peebles’ first feature film describes the experiences of a Black American soldier who is given a weekend pass in Paris. Quite by chance, he meets a French girl, Miriam, and they take a trip to Brittany together. The simple context of a love affair is not really the subject of this film—it is really a sentimental comedy in which racial problems are treated with subtlety and wry humor.

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The Incredible Jessica James

Saturday, April 8, 2017

As an aspiring playwright and children’s theater coach on the rebound from a long-term relationship, former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams brings her unique mixture of blunt outspokenness and warm vulnerability to this low-key comedy about the search for love and success in the big city, enlivening a tried and true genre with a delightfully fresh perspective.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Join sf|noir for a special screening and discussion of the award-winning film, Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. Presented by Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland and Mills College, this community screening of the award-winning film, Moonlight, is followed by a panel discussion with artists, students, educators and artivsts working at the intersections of identity & power and is presented in conjunction with the current art exhibition "And It Don't Stop."

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I Am Not Your Negro

Sunday, November 6, 2016

In the summer of 1979, James Baldwin was preparing to write about the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, but only set down 30 pages of notes and never completed the book. Taking these writings as a focal point and using a mighty range of archival footage from the Civil Rights era to the present, director Raoul Peck has made a profound and unforgettable work about the Black experience in America.

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Giants of Jazz on Film: The Great American Songbook

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Great American Songbook forms the repertoire of much of jazz, and the “Big Five” are responsible for a great deal of that iconic music: George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. Join us for a celebration of these influential songwriters with jazz performances from the likes of Artie Shaw, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, Bill Evans and others.

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Giants of Jazz on Film: When Swing Was King

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hip hop is the music of today’s youth. In the 1930s, however, it was the big bands and swing! From Harlem to the West Coast, big band sounds reigned supreme. We invite you to revisit the sounds of the big bands, both classic and modern, with the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Gene Krupa, Quincy Jones and more!

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Giants of Jazz on Film: Shouting the Blues

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blues is a genre unto itself, as well as the foundation of much of America’s popular music. Join us as we celebrate the blues in all of its forms, with an emphasis on jazz performances in a blues mode. Featured artists include Son House; Brownie McGhee; B.B. King; Art Blakey; Louis Jordan; Mary Lou Williams; T-Bone Walker; Joe Williams; Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and others.

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