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Wyatt Cenac to Host Screening of ‘Putney Swope’ at Chicago’s Black Cinema House Oct. 26

Wyatt Cenac to Host Screening of 'Putney Swope' at Chicago's Black Cinema House Oct. 26

Considered
very radical for its time, when it first released in 1969, and still is controversial
today, the independently-made political and cultural satire, “Putney Swope,” will have a rare screening at the Black Cinema House in
Chicago, this month.

Directed by
Robert Downey (not the actor of course, but his father, who was an
independent film director during the late 60′s to the late 90′s), the film deals
with a token black employee at a Madison Ave advertising firm who accidentally
becomes the CEO of the firm, and turns the whole company upside down,
radicalizing it in the process.

A sensation
in its day, it still has the power to outrage and perhaps even anger viewers, and still is seen as a film that was way ahead of its time and has inspired many satirists
and filmmakers today.

Among
those is comic/actor/writer Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show,” “Medicine for Melancholy,” “Sleepwalk with Me” and the upcoming stand-up comedy special “Brooklyn” for Netflix), who will introduce and host the screening of “Putney Swope” on
Sunday, Oct. 26th, starting at 4PM, at the Black Cinema House’s new
location, at 7200 S. Kimbark Ave.

The
screening is part of BCH’s ongoing series, “The Black Cinema Is…,”
which invites guests “to consider
cinematic moments especially relevant to the history of Black filmmaking.”

Seating is

free, but limited. So RSVP HERE.

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