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Special Free Screening! Shot in Cleveland! Post-film Discussion!


United States | 2019 | Rashid Johnson

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Set in contemporary Chicago but largely shot in Cleveland last year, the film directorial debut of celebrated visual artist Rashid Johnson is an adaptation of Richard Wright’s seminal 1940 novel about the black experience in America. Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) plays Bigger Thomas, a young African American man from the inner city who takes a job as live-in chauffeur for a wealthy white businessman, thus experiencing a seductive new world of money and power and entering into a precarious relationship with his boss’s daughter (Margaret Qualley of Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood ). Johnson’s movie resonates with his visual art, including sculptural works like Shea Wall (1970/2017), shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland's 2017 exhibition, A Poet*hical Wager. With KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk); screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 104 min.

Admission free but tickets required and donations accepted (suggested donation $10-$7). Advance ticket holders must be seated by 6:50 pm.

If all free tickets are claimed in advance of 10/16, a rush line will form outside the theater. Those standing by will be admitted as auditorium capacity allows.

Screening courtesy of HBO (special thanks to Chad Martinez) and co-presented by moCa Cleveland (special thanks to Megan Lykins Reich).

An audience discussion will follow the screening.

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Wednesday 10/16
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at the Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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General Admission: $10
Member: $7 (includes CIA and CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $7 (proof of age required)
Additional film on the same day: $7 (or the member price for that film)

Note: Special events cost more. Exceptions are noted.