Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema with Editor Sam Pollard

11/1/12 to 11/3/12

UPDATE: Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Sam Pollard is unable to come to the Bay Area as planned. His behind-the-scenes lecture will be rescheduled for a future date. But we will screen the two films selected by Pollard as examples of his craft, Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues and Tony Silver's 1984 Style Wars, an early exploration of graffiti and hip-hop culture in New York.

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  • Style Wars

    • Saturday, November 3 8:15 pm

    Tony Silver (U.S., 1984). This legendary, influential documentary captures New York City, circa 1983, and the rise of hip-hop, graffiti, tagging, and break-dancing. See urban pioneers like Kase, Crazy Legs, and more in this testament to the birth of a new style. A great companion piece to our Barry McGee exhibition. (69 mins)

  • Mo' Better Blues

    • Thursday, November 1 7 pm

    Spike Lee (U.S., 1990). UPDATE: Sam Pollard's originally scheduled behind-the-scenes lecture is canceled; Pollard is unable to visit the Bay Area due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We will screen Mo' Better Blues, Pollard's collaboration with Spike Lee, starring a youthful Denzel Washington as a jazz trumpeter. A “foxy, original, and moving film” (Gary Giddins, Village Voice). (127 min)