February 7, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

In honor of Black History Month, The Frida Cinema dedicates our monthly series The Directors, in which we traditionally program four films by one acclaimed director, to four extraordinary, groundbreaking films which marked the feature film debuts of some of cinema’s most celebrated, visionary, and uncompromising African American voices.   Join us as we present our February edition of The Directors:  Jordan Peele’s Get Out, John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, and Dee Rees’ Pariah.

Kicking off our series is Get Out, last year’s phenomenal debut feature film by writer/director/comedian Jordan Peele.  Notable enough for being the best-reviewed film of 2017, Get Out is on the surface a masterful and thrilling kaleidoscope of expertly-balanced genres – a white-knuckle horror film with moments of side-splitting comedy, and even some mad-scientist sci-fi thrown in.  A few wince-inducing micro-aggressions and a segregated bowl of Froot Loops later, Peele’s vision emerges as what may be cinema’s greatest – and most appropriately bleak – political satire since Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, and is a film so expertly crafted that it seems almost unimaginable that it was helmed by a first-time filmmaker.

Golden Globe and BAFTA Best Actor nominee Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris Washington, a young black photographer invited by his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) to meet her parents for the first time.  Chris’ nervousness is compounded by the fact that Rose seems a touch naive to the experience of a young black man in American society, and doesn’t understand why she might want to let her parents know Chris is black.  When at last they do meet, Chris – and the audience – initially reads the family’s overly-accommodating behavior as nervous and painfully awkward attempts to communicate their ease with their daughter’s interracial relationship – but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to some shocking revelations about the Armitage’s and their friends and neighbors.

A consistently engaging and provocative film that communicates its social critiques by opting for scares and laughs rather than spoonfuls of on-the-nose messages, Peele’s audacious debut services a story line whose elements are just one layer of an intelligent and timely look at modern American race relations.  A sensation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival before its U.S. theatrical released on February 24, 2017, Get Out has received over 85 international awards, and has been nominated for over 140 more.  For his screenplay, Peele has been honored with awards from the Boston Online Film Critics Association, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, and Indiewire Critics’ Poll, to name just a few.  And now, Get Out has been nominated for four Academy Awards – Best Original Screenplay and Best Director: Jordan Peele, Best Performance by a Leading Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, and Best Motion Picture of the Year.

Saturday, February 3 – 4:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 4 – 5:15pm
Tuesday, February 6 – 12:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm
Wednesday, February 7 – 12:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm

“Peele succeeds where sometimes even more experienced filmmakers fail: He’s made an agile entertainment whose social and cultural observations are woven so tightly into the fabric that you’re laughing even as you’re thinking, and vice-versa.” – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
“An atmospheric, restrained, effective work of horror with a clear point of view, a darkly hilarious movie that never trips over itself in search of a cheap laugh or scare.” – David Sims, The Atlantic
“Part of what makes Get Out both exciting and genuinely unsettling is how real life keeps asserting itself, scene after scene.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times