ARRAY @ The Broad: Cooley High

Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.


Co-presented by ARRAY @ The Broad and REDCAT

631 W 2nd St.
Los Angeles 90012

Friendship, first loves, and fatality are navigated by four young men in Cooley High directed by Michael Schultz and written by Eric Monte. Set in 1960s Chicago, this coming of age story provides a slice of life look at both the light and grit of black teen spirit. The film's 1975 release provided a shift away from blaxploitation cinema common during that time and features breakout performances from Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, and Cynthia Davis. The screening of this classic is curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma) and will serve as the springboard for a dynamic discussion about male identity, black images, and the representation of both in cinema as well as in mainstream media. (Still from Cooley High, 1975. 107min., dir. Michael Schultz)

A post-screening discussion with actor Glynn Turman, director Michael Schultz, and screenwriter Eric Monte will be moderated by Common. The screening of this classic film will serve as the springboard for a dynamic post-screening discussion with Cooley High actor Glynn Turman, director Michael Schultz, screenwriter Eric Monte, and rapper, actor, and film producer Common and about male identity and black images, and the representation of both in cinema and mainstream media.

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About the ARRAY @ The Broad series

ARRAY @ The Broad is an ongoing series featuring classic and contemporary films curated with an eye toward the intersection of art, history and cultural identity. With the cinematic image as the centerpiece, the series engages audiences through post-screening conversations with a spectrum of artists and scholars for an immersive exchange of ideas and insights beyond the screen that enliven many issues addressed by artists in the Broad collection. ARRAY, founded in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, is an arts collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women filmmakers. 

Guest Curator

Nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, writer/director Ava DuVernay's Selma was one of 2015's most critically-acclaimed films. Her current directorial work includes her dramatic television series for The Oprah Winfrey Network entitled Queen Sugar; her feature-length documentary on criminality and race relations entitled The 13th; and Disney's A Wrinkle In Time based on the Newberry Award-winning classic fantasy novel. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's Best Director prize for her previous feature Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay's early directorial work includes I Will FollowVenus Vs, and This is The Life. She also distributes and amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood for 2016.