ARRAY @ The Broad is an ongoing screening series featuring classic and contemporary films curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay to explore the intersection of art, history and cultural identity. With cinematic images as the centerpiece, this series engages audiences through robust post-screening conversations with a wide spectrum of artists and scholars. These immersive discussions offer an integrated exchange of ideas and insights beyond the screen that enliven many issues addressed by artists in the Broad collection.
Previous editions of our film and dialogue series featured:
PARIS BLUES (1961) | Directed by Martin Ritt
ASHES AND EMBERS (1982) | Directed by Haile Gerima
NOTHING BUT A MAN (1963) | Directed by Michael Roemer
CLAUDINE (1974) | Directed by John Berry
COOLEY HIGH (1975) | Directed by Michael Schultz
BLACK GIRL (1966) | Directed by Ousmane Sembène
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) | Directed by Julie Dash
THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996) | Directed by Cheryl Dunye
GANJA & HESS (1973) | Directed by Bill Gunn
ABOUT THE BROAD
The Broad is a contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in downtown Los Angeles. Home to the nearly 2,000 works of art including iconic pieces by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, and Roy Lichtenstein. www.thebroad.org
PAST PROGRAM: ‘GANJA & HESS’ | MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2018 @ 7:30PM
Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS (1973) is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality... and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s wife Ganja (Marlene Clark) comes searching for her missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power blood holds. This special Halloween screening is presented in partnership with The Broad and the American Cinematheque. Actors David Oyelowo and Rel Howery will join a post-screening conversation with Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith.
David Oyelowo is a British actor and producer. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s 2014 historical drama film SELMA. Oyelowo also played the lead role in A UNITED KINGDOM (2016) as well as playing the role of a chess coach in QUEEN OF KATWE (2016). His roles in the horror genre include THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX and upcoming Blumhouse thriller, ONLY YOU. Recently, Oyelowo’s production company,Yoruba Saxon (founded in 2014), secured an exclusive, first-look deal with MWM Studios to develop both film and television projects. Yoruba Saxon is the company behind such films as A UNITED KINGDOM (Fox Searchlight Pathe), CAPTIVE (Paramount), NIGHTINGALE (HBO) and FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE (Filmrise).
Rel Howery is an American actor and comedian best known for his roles as Robert Carmichael in NBC's television comedy series THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (2015–2017) and as TSA officer Rod Williams in the Oscar-winning instant classic GET OUT written and directed by Jordan Peele. He currently stars in a TV series that he created, REL.
Jamil Smith is a senior writer at Rolling Stone, where he covers national affairs and culture. Throughout his career as a journalist and Emmy Award-winning television producer, he has explored the intersection of politics and identity. Previously he has been a senior editor at The New Republic and a senior national correspondent at MTV News.
Tickets to this program include general admission access to The Broad from October 30 – November 4, 2018. Skip the standby line and present your ticket at the main entrance during regular museum hours.
PAST PROGRAM: 'THE WATERMELON WOMAN' AND 'JEWEL'S CATCH ONE' | Saturday, APRIL 28, 2018 @ 2PM
Merging fictional and non-fictional worlds reflective of the LGBTQ experience, The Broad and ARRAY, founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, presents a double feature screening of the cult classic 'The Watermelon Woman' (1996), directed by and starring Cheryl Dunye, and the electric documentary 'Jewel's Catch One' (2016), by woman filmmaker C. Fitz. A conversation with Dunye and Fitz moderated by Justin Simien, 'Dear White People' creator, immediately follow 'The Watermelon Woman' screening.
'The Watermelon Woman' is an imaginative romantic comedy about a young woman who meets the girl of her dreams while making a film about an obscure Black actress from the 1930s. 'Jewel's Catch One' explores the legacy of America’s oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS-impacted communities in Los Angeles for four decades. Both films are unrated and run 90 minutes each.
Tickets to this program include general admission access to The Broad from April 29 - May 5, 2018. Skip the standby line and present your ticket at the main entrance during regular museum hours.
PAST PROGRAM: 'DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) | Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8PM
Recognized as the first feature film by an African-American women with a wide theatrical release in the United States, Julie Dash's DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST follows a multi-generational family on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina. These former West African slaves, who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions, struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. This cult classic filled with lush imagery and poetic dialogue will serve as entry into candid dialogue about cultural identity on and off screen. A conversation with filmmakers Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay to follow immediately after the screening.
Tickets to this program include general admission access to The Broad from November 14-21, 2017. Skip the standby line and present your ticket at the main entrance during regular museum hours. Access does not include the special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.
PAST PROGRAM: 'BLACK GIRL' (1966) | SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 @ 8PM
Recognized as one of the founding works of African cinema, Ousmane Sembène's BLACK GIRL follows a young Senegalese woman as she journeys to France for work and a life worthy of her. This stirring 1966 classic will serve as entry into candid dialogue about images of black femininity post-colonialism.
Post-screening artist forum with Aisha Hinds, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and legendary director Euzhan Palcy moderated by journalist Britni Danielle.
PAST PROGRAM: 'COOLEY HIGH' (1975) | SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017 @ 8PM
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.
Post-screening discussion with Emmy award-winning actor Glynn Turman will be moderated by Oscar winner Common with extra special guests director Michael Schultz and writer Eric Monte.
PAST PROGRAM: 'CLAUDINE' (1974) | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016 @ 8PM
She is a single mother raising six kids. He is a bachelor intimidated by fatherhood. Each has found their match in the classic film, Claudine. With characters portrayed exquisitely by Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones, we navigate the welfare system, family structure, and racial tensions brewing on Harlem’s consciousness. Presented in 35MM and curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (SELMA), ARRAY @ The Broad’s screening of this 1974 motion picture will serve as the springboard for open exchange about economic and social stigmas and the role in which government plays in personal pursuits.
Post-screening discussion with legendary Diahann Carroll moderated my EMMY award-winning journalist Shaun Robinson.
PAST PROGRAM: 'NOTHING BUT A MAN' (1964) | SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Set against the stirrings of the civil rights movement and a rising wave of burgeoning black pride, NOTHING BUT A MAN, tells the story of a railroad section hand, who is forced to confront racial prejudice and self-denial when he falls in love with an educated preacher’s daughter. Presented in a recently restored 35mm print by the Library of Congress and Cinema Conservancy, ARRAY Releasing's screening of this 1964 work of art will serve as the springboard for open exchange about economic and social equality as well as the pursuit of selfhood in spite of both.
Post-screening character study with actors Michael Ealy and Emayatzy Corinealdi moderated by ARRAY founder and filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
PAST PROGRAM: 'ASHES AND EMBERS' (1982) DIRECTED BY HAILE GERIMA | FEBRUARY 25, 2016 @ 8:30PM
A disillusioned veteran of the Vietnam War attempts to come to terms with his past and his current place as a black man in America in director Haile Gerima's ASHES AND EMBERS. Winner of the 1983 FIPRESCI Prize for Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival, this little seen screen gem will serve as entry into candid dialogue about nationalism, liberty and race relations explored from the artist viewpoint.
Post-screening discussion between student and teacher; auteur Haile Gerima and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young.
PAST PROGRAM: 'PARIS BLUES' (1961) | DECEMBER 10, 2015 @ 8:30PM
In a potent collision of race, romance and jazz, PARIS BLUES chronicles the passionate relationship of two couples embarking on intellectual and artistic adventures in turbulent times. Starring Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll and Joanne Woodward and presented in exquisite 35mm, the screening of this 1961 gem will serve as the springboard for a dynamic discussion about identity, creativity and expatriatism.
Post-screening artist forum with director Ryan Coogler, actors Tessa Thompson and Andre Holland, and musician Ledisi moderated by ARRAY founder and filmmaker Ava DuVernay.