Sunday Oct 15: Labor of Love (The Roles We Play)
Fast forwarding to the 80's and two profound feats in Black cinema, Standing on the Shoulders continues with a double bill screening of Hollywood Shuffle written/directed by Robert Townsend and She's Gotta Have It written/directed by Spike Lee. Hollywood Shuffle blends a series of satirical shorts and a hilarious pseudo-autobiographical journey through the pitfalls and outrageous surprises that befall a young, brotha (Bobby) in Hollywood with aspirations of honing his craft and making it big as an actor. She's Gotta Have It digs into and challenges the traditional roles that both masculine and feminine play within the dance of dating and sexuality. Set in the peak of Boho Brooklyn the film is a time period piece of the "golden era" and a fresh creative breath of artistic expression which is sure to inspire passionate dialogue. Both films will be followed by a moderated discussion led by Oakland's own Chinaka Hodge.
HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE at 4pm
Robert Townsend, 1987, 78 min
SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT at 6:30pm
Spike Lee, 1986, 84 min