Closing night for a nostalgic screening of EVE'S BAYOU along with a special discussion with director Kasi Lemmons!
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Eve's Bayou. Directed by Kasi Lemmons (USA 1997, 109 min)
Over the course of a long, hot Louisiana summer, a 10-year-old black girl, Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), discovers that her family's affluent existence is merely a facade. The philandering of her suave doctor father, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson), creates a rift, throwing Eve's mother, Roz (Lynn Whitfield), and teenage sister, Cisely (Meagan Good), into emotional turmoil. Eve, though, manages to find some solace with her quirky psychic aunt, Mozelle (Debbi Morgan).
A Conversation with Kasi Lemmons
As an actor, director, writer, producer, librettist, mentor, and educator, Kasi Lemmons is one of the most powerful voices of our time. Her first feature, “Eve’s Bayou,” is considered one of the essential works of the 1990s and in 2017 was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Her second film, “The Caveman's Valentine,” starring Samuel Jackson, opened the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Lemmons’ third feature “Talk to Me”, starring Don Cheadle, earned the 2008 NAACP Image Award for outstanding directing. Her fourth film, “Black Nativity,” was released nationwide on Thanksgiving 2013. In 2019, Lemmons’ fifth film, “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo as the iconic freedom fighter, was nominated for two Oscars, including Best Actress. Her first libretto, “Fire Shut Up In My Bones,” composed by Terence Blanchard, opened The Metropolitan Opera’s ’21-’22 season, the first opera by an African-American composer and librettist ever performed at The Met. Her sixth film, “Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” opened Christmas ’22. Lemmons is an Arts Professor in the Graduate Film Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Provocative. Entertaining. Fiercely Independent.
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