Back in 1989, the 16mm version of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket received stellar reviews and awards. Now considered a documentary film classic, the original Baldwin film has been re-mastered in 2K HD with the help of the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in honor of James Baldwin’s 90th birthday. An emotional portrait, social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality, this film is a vérité feast. Sans narration, the film allows Baldwin to tell his own story: exploring what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay and gifted – in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” Intercutting rarely-seen archival footage from over one hundred sources and nine different countries, the film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with astounding private glimpses of Baldwin.
This is the first time the film is being shown at the Schomburg since 1989, and the first time time the remastered version has been shown in Harlem ever.
A Q&A with director Karen Thorsen, James Baldwin’s niece Aisha Karefa-Smart, and his nephew Trevor Baldwin, moderated by Rich Blint, Associate Director of Columbia University School of the Arts, will follow the screening.
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Watch the trailer.
Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 PM
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037, (917) 275-6975, www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg
Photo credit: circa 1945: A portrait of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ infielder Jackie Robinson in uniform. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)