This month Black Cinema House @ BING presents Summer of Spike: Four feverish films by unrivaled cineaste Spike Lee.
Spike Lee consistently presents the most incendiary of subjects, and in this month’s mini-retrospective we look at films that carry particular heat. Summertime – in Brooklyn and beyond – is the backdrop for extreme states of joy and pain, for decadence and racial and gender violence. Enclosed spaces and insular communities push bodies and values to their breaking points, as characters are forced into uncomfortable introspection. The series ends with Lee’s anti-interracial romance film Jungle Fever, marking the film’s release 25 years ago in the summer of 1991, the so-called “Year of Black Film.”
July 14 – Summer of Sam (1999, 142 min)
As the infamous Son of Sam serial killer terrorizes New York in the summer of 1977, lust and distrust escalate in an Italian-American community in the Bronx.
This week's screening will be followed by a conversation with special guest poet, educator, MC and activist Nate Marshall.