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This February at Gateway Film Center

Every Friday and Sunday

Curated by CEO, President and Chief Programmer Chris Hamel with the generous support of Donna and Larry James, the Film Center will feature a selection of contemporary Black filmmakers alongside our Winter Season program, Pioneers of African American Cinema throughout the month of February.

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Gateway Film Foundation, a 501(c)(3), receives year-round support from Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Campus Partners, and The Columbus Foundation.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Pioneers of African American Cinema: The Scar of Shame (1929)

Reception 5:30 pm | Opening remarks and presentation 7:00 pm

Presented for the first time in Ohio, Pioneers of African American Cinema features historically vital works from America’s legendary first African American filmmakers. Called the best independent black film of the silent era, Frank Peregini’s The Scar of Shame (1929) is presented with selected short films from a collection of recent restorations.

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Sunday, February 5, 2023 | 1:00 pm

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States; a journey that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter, narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson using a flood of rich archival material.

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Friday, February 10, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Revolutionary Black leader Fred Hampton was murdered by police at age 21. Featuring powerful performances from LaKeith Stanfield and Academy Award-winner Daniel Kaluuya, director Shaka King reveals the enraging plot that led to Hampton’s assassination.

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Sunday, February 12, 2023 | 1:00 pm

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) on 35mm film

From 1967 to 1975, Swedish journalists traversed the Atlantic Ocean to film the black power movement in America. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover mobilize a treasure trove of their 16mm material into an irresistible mosaic of images, music, and narration to chronicle the movement’s evolution.

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Friday, February 17, 2023 | 7:00 pm

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Infiltrate hate. From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. In Colorado Springs in the late 1970s, Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

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Sunday, February 19, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Pioneers of African American Cinema Short Film Program

(Encore Presentation)

Presented for the first time in Ohio, Pioneers of African American Cinema features historically vital works from America’s legendary first African American filmmakers. This collection of short films features restorations of recently recovered “race films” that flourished in the 1920s–1940s.

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Friday, February 24, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Selma (2014)

This is the story of a movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

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Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Malcolm X (1992)

Often misunderstood, Malcolm X was one of the leading forces of the United States’ Civil Rights Movement. This riveting biography directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington in an Academy Award-nominated performance reveals the man at the center of a storm of change.

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