Friday, March 10, 2017

The Grand's screening of "​I Am Not Your Negro" on ​Thursday, ​​March 23rd

Ellsworth, Maine - The Grand presents one of this year's Oscar®- nominated documentaries “I Am Not Your Negro,” screening on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:30 pm as part of the non-profit performing art venue's mission to enrich the lives of people in Downeast and Eastern Maine by presenting diverse, unique, high-quality programs that provide entertaining, artistic, educational and social experiences. Ticket prices for the film are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $6 for Grand members and are General Admission seating.

Based on a never-finished book by the incendiary American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, James Baldwin., the documentary had its origins in 1979, when Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends- Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his exciting, provocative new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. With narration by Samuel L. Jackson.

​​ I Am Not Your Negro” at The Grand on ​​ Thursday, ​​ March 23rd at 7:30 pm and see the Oscar®- nominated documentary about which A.O. Scott of The New York Times writes “Whatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called 'race relations' — white supremacy and the resistance to it, in plainer English — this movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind.”

For more information on this or other Grand events, including on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm and a special closed-captioned matinee on Wednesday March 29th at 1 pm the next CineGrand film selection – “Arrival,” a mysterious story of hope and wonder starring Amy Adams and nominated for several Oscars™ this year including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Directing and winning for Best Sound Editing– please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grand-Auditorium/112755987339

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