PIFVA Cinema Speakeasy

Artwork is from a mixed media collage by Theodore A. Harris used in Cosmic Trane entitled “2002, Sonia Sanchez and Lamont Steptoe Poets Against War”.

I’ve been on a mission recently to see how many cultural events I can go to in Philly for free. It’s a fun challenge that forces you to explore beyond your normal standbys for entertainment. Last week, for example, the sweetie and I went to the Institute of Contemporary Art, that I had only been to once before years ago and he had never been to. We were the only people there and go to enjoy the Maira Kalman exhibit (which, btw is only up for a few more days!).

Tonight is another great free opportunity: see some great films and an interview with a local filmmaker Nadine Patterson. It’s part of a series of Cinema Speakeasies that the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association have started doing at Beau Monde.

The Other America: Interrogating Storytelling & Official Histories

with filmmaker Nadine Patterson and WHYY Executive Producer of Audio Content Elisabeth Perez Luna

PIFVA  presents a Cinema Speakeasy event at L’Etage (6th and Bainbridge in south Philadelphia) featuring three documentaries by Nadine Patterson. After the screening WHYY’s/NPR’s Elisabeth Perez Luna will lead a discussion about Ms. Patterson’s documentary work and engage Ms. Patterson and the audience in a provocative analysis of current media practices. How are stories selected? Who has the right to tell them? What is mainstream media missing when it comes to depicting the Black community? How does the official story effect how we view each other?

Doors open at 7pm,  program starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free. Great menu from Beau Monde and a cash bar.

Works to be screened include Thirty Eight Twenty, I Used to Teach English, and Cosmic Trane.


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