Director: Spike Lee
USA, 1989, 120 mins.
Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), a young man from the neighborhood, is upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame only exhibits Italian American actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in an African American neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion which will explore critical themes in the film and its impact on Black film and culture. Meet the panelists:
Pierre Bennu is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, artist and performer, who is the principal creative of Exittheapple, an alternative media and arts company.
Creative Alliance resident Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician. In one of his largest installations, REWIND, he addresses social, and cultural issues in race, class and power by re-envisioning historical events, and connecting their relationships with current issues of power and injustice in America. His work is intended to be a powerful catalyst for community dialogue.
Ti Coleman is a seasoned storyteller, comedian and lover of black people -- as Black genderqueer performer, he is dedicated to building spaces for black queer and trans* folks to come together, such as the all-people-of-color improv group, Minority Re’port, of which he is a founding member.
Don Palmer has worked as a DJ, cab-driver, editor of alternative newspapers, freelance music critic, and government bureaucrat. After living in NYC for 30+ years, where he served on the New York State Council for the Arts, Don moved south to Fort Greene, where he was neighbors with Spike and Bill Lee.
7:30pm | ADV $10, $7 mbrs. DOOR $12, $9 mbrs.