Relive the days when Kid ‘n Play ruled party culture with the 1990 film “House Party,” which kicks off the Black Filmmaker Series at the Texas Theatre Feb. 2.
The series, from the Texas and the South Dallas Cultural Center, is now in its second year and includes five films shown throughout the month. The theater will host three of the screenings, and two will be at the African American Museum of Dallas at Fair Park.
Here’s the full line-up, taken directly from a media release:
Saturday February 2nd- 8:30pm- House Party – (1990) – 35mm – Directed by Reginald Hudlin – at The Texas Theatre – The Seminal party film that launched the filmmaking career of Reginald Hudlin. The screening will be followed by a Texas Theatre House Party concert with the band “Hip Hop Hooray” behind the screen!
Sat Feb 9th – 2:30pm – Body and Soul – (1925) – Directed by Oscar Micheaux – at The African American Museum of Dallas -An Early feature film by pioneering “race” filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. This restored edition features new original Music by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.
Sunday – Feb 10th -2:30pm – Black Panther – (2018) – Directed by Ryan Coogler – At The Texas Theatre – Ryan Coogler burst onto the filmmaking scene at age 27 with the Sundance Award Winning Fruitvale Station which he parlayed into Hollywood with resuscitating the Rocky series with Creed and then giving an all new style and energy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Saturday Feb 16th -2:30pm Medicine for Melancholy – (2008) – Directed By Barry Jenkins – at The African American Museum of Dallas. Barry Jenkin’s little seen first feature, made eight years before his Oscar Winning MOONLIGHT, shows his immediate skill with the relationship melo-drama and signaled a theme and skill that evolved and paved way towards his new film If Beale Street Could Talk.
Friday Feb 22nd – 6:30pm The Watermelon Woman (1996) – Directed by Cheryl Dunye – At The Texas Theatre. This program also co-presented by Cinewilde, the monthly LGBTQ repertory series at The Texas Theatre. This new 2K Restoration shows a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman”. The film has since been considered a A landmark of New Queer Cinema.