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African History Month Films: Black Music Biographies

CURATED BY RON FOLEY MACDONALD

SCREENINGS TUESDAYS AT 5 PM. FREE ADMISSION

Three African American directors—Don Cheadle, Dee Rees, and Darnell Martin—take on crucial motion picture biographies of legendary Black performers.

7 February - Miles Ahead
Don Cheadle, USA, 2015, 101 minutes. Written, starring, and directed by Don Cheadle, this surprisingly fresh and funny drama is about an imaginary incident during jazz great Miles Davis’s five-year ‘retirement’, and sports an appearance by Ewan MacGregor as an intrusive music reporter.

14 February – Bessie
Dee Rees, USA, 2015, 132 minutes. With Queen Latifah in the title role as Bessie Smith and Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey, this rich costume drama bio-pic looks at the early days of the Blues. Directed by the filmmaker who helmed the breakout indie hit Pariah, Dee Rees.

21 February - Cadillac Records
Darnell Martin, USA, 2008, 109 minutes. Etta James. Chuck Berry. Howlin’ Wolf. Bo Diddley. Muddy Waters. Sonny Boy Williamson. They all recorded with Chess Records in Chicago in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s and this is their story, a tale that changed music forever.

Category

Movies & Film

Time

Additional Dates/Times

Location

Dalhousie Art Gallery 

Cost

Free

Contact

gallery@dal.ca or 902.494.2403