The Fort Lee Film Commission and The Fort Lee Public Library present: Black Film Fest
Admission is free and programs start each night at 7:00 pm and take place in the meeting room of the Fort Lee Public Library at 320 Main Street. For further info contact the Fort Lee Film Commission at (201) 693-2763.
Dates and screenings:
Symbol of the Unconquered (1920). Runtime: 54 minutes.
Produced and directed by pioneer African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, this film was shot in Fort Lee, NJ. Micheaux would go on to shoot many of his silent and sound films in Fort Lee through his last film, The Betrayal
(1948). The Symbol of the Unconquered is a ground-breaking film in that it depicts the Ku Klux Klan as a terrorist organization as opposed to director DW Griffith's portrayal of the KKK as saviors in his 1915 film Birth of a Nation. Micheaux, in shooting this film in 1920, was using the same streets and locations in Fort Lee as Griffith did some 8 years earlier when he was shooting his Biograph shorts on location in Fort Lee.
Killer of Sheep (1978). Runtime 80 minutes.
This film centers on the Black urban community of Los Angeles in the 1970's. Directed and written by Charles Burnett, the film comes alive with the cinematic skills of Burnett who uses these skills to give a realistic, almost documentary-like portrayal of the Black urban experience through the lives of a family.
BlacKKKlansman (2018). Runtime 135 minutes.
This Spike Lee film is set in the 1970s civil rights movement and centers on the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. The black detective infiltrates the local chapter of the KKK with the help of his Jewish colleague who goes undercover as a white supremacist.