One of the highlights of the upcoming New Voices In Black Cinema Festival which begins its 2nd annual run in Brooklyn, NYC next week Friday at BAM Cinemas, February 17th through the 20th, is University of California-Davis film professor, Christine Acham's documentary on the making of the Ivan Dixon-directed political firebrand of a film, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, adapted from Sam Greenlee's novel.
It's titled, Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who sat by the Door, and many of you should be familiar with it because we've been following its progress since mid-2010.
Sweet Sweetback is often the cinematic reference point for radical, subversive black cinema during one of the more contentious periods in American history. But think the oft-forgotten The Spook Who Sat By The Door was potentially even more lethal in its crafting and message, and really had the ability to inspire a revolution at a time when black people in this country were maybe most susceptible, as well as capable.
And I'm not sure if many actually know the story of how the film got made – notably, that its budget was financed mostly with funds raised from black investors… people not-so unlike you and I… an idea I've been trying to sell for some time now.
The film will screen on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 9:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with directors Christine Acham and Cliff Ward, who will be physically present. Click HERE to head over to BAM's website for ticket info.
Watch the trailer below: